Despite how the name sounds, this is actually a pretty good Italian restaurant. I would think that a name in Italian would be more becoming. We have been in this area tons of times, but have never noticed this place. We only found it by searching on Urbanspoon for pizzeria’s.
Perhaps, the reason we have not noticed Gerrard Spaghetti & Pizza before is because its a dark grey colour, so the outside doesn’t really catch your eye.
Gerrard Spaghetti & Pizza decor was different from a lot of the other restaurants we’ve been to. For one; the tv at the bar at the back was playing some sort of soap opera (my mom has informed me it was the Young and the Restless). Secondly; the napkins they gave us were cloth instead of paper. Clearly we are easily impressed.
One thing that was really good about this place was the service. It was genuinely kind, quick and respectful.
Although I wanted something with more toppings than tomato, cheese, Italian sausage and basil; my mom made me get this so that I could actually judge the taste of the pizza and not be overwhelmed with a baker’s dozen of ingredients. One thing that was cool about the Italian sausage – it was in thick slices (as if it was pepperoni but thicker) instead of being crumbled on top. Both the sauce and the sausage were spicy so the pizza had a little zest to it.
The sauce you see here is a Rose Vodka sauce with pancetta added. I actually thought this dish was quite nice but my mother prefers her Rose sauce a little more tomato-y. Not to say that there was anything wrong with theirs, just a matter of different styles.
Lastly, we enjoyed how the portions were generous. Both in quantity of food and quantity of sauce. We hate it when restaurants give you a drop of sauce over pasta with the moisture content of dehydrated astronaut food. And once again I have tied in a Sci-Fi theme into my food blog.
Gerrard Spaghetti & Pizza 1528 Danforth Avenue