Authentic Italian at Piola

On Wednesday to celebrate my big My City Lives #saveinthecity win, Jordan and I went out to Piola for dinner.

20120418-223239.jpgEver since Piola opened a few months ago I have been dying to try their authentic pizzas and pastas. They are located on West Queen West, at Northcote (just east of Dufferin). I’m glad I got in when I did because this place is sure to be packed come summertime!

The menu has been compared to Terroni and Pizzaria Libretto, and I can confirm those are great comparisons, but the atmosphere at Piola seemed a lot less formal and a bit more fun.

20120418-223228.jpgI liked the decor – very West Queen West without being stifling hip or modern.

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We shared the Gnocchi 4 Formaggi and Contadina pizza. The gnocchi tasted incredibly fresh and was filling. The pizza was also delicious and was doused (by us) in Piola’s spicy olive oil.

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20120418-223254.jpgWe also had an appetizer plate with salami, cheese and bread and a few cocktails and beers. Piola has a great cocktail and wine menu, and bottled Peroni always wins Jordan’s heart.

This place is Jamie-Leigh approved for sure! Oh and tiramisu – next time you are mine!

My tip: on the 29th of every month they host “Lucky Gnocchi” day. It’s all-you-can-eat gnocchi for the total pasta glutton in all most of us. I’ve also heard rumblings about Tuesdays being $8 pizza night, which is a great deal for these delicious pies.

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Disclaimer: A small gift card was provided to me by Piola’s PR team in order to sample the Piola menu. As always, all opinions, photos, and drool are my own!

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2 Comments

  1. Ladykeirae
    April 22, 2012 / 12:02 pm

    Mmmmmmmm…..I think your Mum and I need to visit and go out for lunch or dinner!!!! Β Great review and I love Gnocchi’s!!!

  2. April 27, 2012 / 2:55 pm

    Splitting the Gnocchi is smart. I always feel so blown up after eating that pasta. Was any kind of sauce used with the 4 cheeses?