Portobellos, Creminis, Arugula, Scamorza Cheese & More – The Funghi Pizza & Pizza Price Fixe at Il Fornello!

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Pizza has made its way to Ate by Ate!  After 400+ posts, the great big pizza pie is finally getting some serious love and attention!  I love pizza (I only know of 2 or 3 people who actually don’t – the horror!) but you know how it is: ordering pizza from your local pizzeria takeout joint and having your hot and fresh pizza out of the cardboard box doesn’t really make for the most stellar photography.  Unless you’re out to wine and dine, pizza is generally consumed in the comforts of your school cafeteria, elementary school day pizza day lunches, at home in your PJs in front of the tv, or among friends at a movie and games night pizza party.  

Pizza is one of those foods that I just don’t order when I’m dining out and it’s not because I don’t want to.  I definitely do, but I have to be honest, the prices are a deterrent.  I know the ingredients and toppings are and can be stellar, but when a pie meant for an individual person costs $16, I cringe.  There are many pizzas around the city I’d love to try, and maybe I will someday, but for now I’d much rather either make my own (making pizza dough and my own pizza creation is something I’ve always wanted to try!), or else it’s something I have to think long and hard about if it isn’t the variety delivered in a cardboard box.     

Enter Il Fornello.  This Italian eatery serves up a menu of linguine, spaghettini, ricotta ravioli, gnocchi, antipasti, appetizers, and salads (insalata) with fresh mozzarella and ricotta di bufala, veal fettucine, chicken parmigiana, and a host of wood-fired, thin crust pizzas.  The menu is comprised of so many foods I love.  Pasta?  Check.  Fresh mozzarella?  Check.  Pizza?  Check, check, and check!  And yet it has taken me so long to sit down to a meal here!  It’s not the type of place my family would necessarily go to (remember, my dad does not feel the love for pasta) and for whatever reason, the opportunity to enjoy a meal here has evaded me all this time. 

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Pizzeria Dining at Il Fornello! A Photo Spotlight on A Pizza Price Fixe Event

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Today is the last day of Winterlicious here in the city and my Twitter feed has been blowing up with accounts of delicious dinners, great wine, and memorable meals.  There’s been a slight change of plans here on the blog though.  Remember how I excitedly announced I would have two special Winterlicious posts in my “Bring on the Winterlicious Countdown!” post back in January?  Sadly, my two Winterlicious feasts didn’t happen; just the one.  I had my fabulous lunch of citrus cured salmon gravlax, smoked turkey and brie panini with strawberry and basil with red pepper jam, and a to-die-for lemon basil crème brûlée at Cafe Nicole at the Novotel hotel on The Esplanade downtown.  I had every intention of doing my 2nd Winterlicious lunch, but my other half of a sweetheart came down with a bad case of the winter cold complete with fever, chills, and coughing, and I didn’t have the heart to go without him. 

So, I don’t have a 2nd Winterlicious to share with you all, but I do, however, have another price fixe event to be really excited about!  This is a photo teaser post of my upcoming Il Fornello pizza price fixe write-up and I am bouncing off the walls because 1) I’ve been wanting to eat at Il Fornello’s for the longest time and now I finally have!, 2) I almost never go out for pizza dining, and 3) this is technically the first post on the blog devoted to pizza so that makes this an extra special occasion.  Several Il Fornello locations around the city are holding this fabulous pizza price fixe event where ALL of their pizzas are priced at $10 EVERY day, ALL day until the end of February and I’m here to deliver the goods!   


Il Fornello at Yonge & St. Clair is located at 1560 Yonge Street, north of St. Clair Ave. at the corner of Yonge and Delisle.  This location is open for lunch and dinner from Monday-Friday at 11:30am and on the weekends, only for dinner (5pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday).  Il Fornello’s pizza price fixe event will be in effect until the end of February.  The Italian eatery has a number of locations in and around Toronto and the GTA.  Their menu, locations, and promotions can be viewed on their website here.