Just opened: General Assembly Pizza
Come for the killer pizza and super-sleek atmosphere, stay for great local VQA wines and cocktails on tap
By Dick Snyder
We surely love a good pizzeria. But add a smart drinks program—we do drink for a living after all—and the DTO team will be loyal forever. Toronto’s newest pizza joint is called General Assembly Pizza, and it opened Dec. 1 at the corner of Adelaide and Peter in a heritage building that’s been given a very attractive de rigueur super-sleek makeover courtesy of designers Commute Design. Think exposed brick, hip aquamarine colour palette, bright wood, lots of windows for street watching. The place is a visual feast: you can even gaze into the glassed-in “dough room” and watch all the yeast-fuelled action (if that turns your crank). The place is very pretty and spacious, designed for a bustling downtown crowd that needs to move fast. Guests stand to order at the counter/bar, then take a seat to await their personal-sized 10-inch pizza. A dedicated take-out area has been purpose-built to sync up with Foodora and Ritual for a seamless and cashless experience.
We went for a taste, working through the entire pizza roster as they arrived fresh from the dual wood-burning ovens imported from Naples. Chef Cale Elliot-Armstrong (ex-Splendidio, Canoe, Village Pizza, Terroni) has designed some delicious pies. Highlights: the King ‘Shroom with mozzarella, gorgonzola, cremini mushrooms and garlic ($14) and the Don Diego ($13) with mozzarella, chorizo, red onion, jalapeño, peppers and cilantro. (The latter reminiscent of Maker Pizza’s Tropic Thunder, albeit a stripped-down rendering, and without the marinated pineapple). Every pizza was outstanding, including a picture-perfect Margherita ($10). There are vegan options and salads, and snacks: warm olives, bread with cheese and garlic, and plates of prosciutto and assorted charcuterie.
But let’s get to the drinks. Everything liquid is on tap, including a choice few Ontario VQA wine, cocktails (Negroni and Moscow Mule, $8 each) and beer from Ace Hill, Great Lakes Brewery and Side Launch. (You can get a few cans and bottles too). Two white wines and two reds can be had in 5- or 9-ounce glasses, at very nice prices. For whites, Tawse Chardonnay ($9.50/$14.50) and Norman Hardie Calcaire ($10/$15); for reds, Tawse Gamay ($9/$14) and Big Head Red ($9.50/$14.50). Where else can you get a good local 5-ounce glass of wine for under $10? Let us know, and we’ll be there in a jiff.
General Assembly Pizza, 331 Adelaide St. W., gapizza.com