Given the craze for Neopolitan pizza in this city, I watched with interest when I saw that a restaurant called Doppio Zero was opening up on Eglinton Avenue West. Named for the highly refined flour that is a key ingredient for Neopolitan pizza, Doppio Zero has been a hit in the neighbourhood since the day it opened. But is it where to eat in Toronto for the perfect pizza?
Chic Family Dining
The restaurant was opened in September of 2012 by Chef Nick D’Elia, who is known in these parts for having owned Sette Mezzo. Doppio Zero is a chic location where families can enjoy fine Italian comfort food. But it’s not quite like some of the other family-oriented venues along this strip. The decor is comfortable, yet sleek and modern. Though it’s generally buzzing with activity, there is still a feeling of intimacy amid the buzz.
Seating 70, you’ll find a variety of different seating arrangements to suit all sorts of parties. Pub-style and bistro tables near the floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of the restaurant will appeal to people watchers, while parties of all sizes can be accommodated in the main part of the dining room. It’s not unusual to find large parties taking advantage of the huge eight-seat tables that run the length of the place. In fact we’ve found it to be a great answer for where to eat in Toronto with other families for a shared meal.
Where to Eat in Toronto for Neopolitan Pizza and More
The menu features Neopolitan Pizza, of course — eight red and six white, to be precise — with whole wheat and gluten-free pizza options available. But it also includes Italian comfort food in the Barese tradition. Popular with my family is the calamari appetizer (we have it deep fried, but you can also order it grilled), the Pizza Margherita, the Salmone Alla Griglia (grilled salmon in a white wine lemon caper sauce) and the Risotto Ai Funghi Porcini (risotto with wild porcini mushrooms). And for dessert, you can’t go wrong with homemade tiramisu, tartufo or crème brûlée. Though there isn’t a children’s menu, we’ve always found the staff more than happy to accommodate children by halving portions or simplifying ingredients, if requested.
If you enjoy sharing a quality dining experience with your family, Doppio Zero is definitely worth a try. Serving dinner seven days a week and lunch from Monday to Saturday, reservations are accepted before 6:00pm and after 8:00pm, and walk-ins are always welcome.
530 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, 416-488-0088
Photos courtesy of Doppio Zero