What We Love This October: Pizza Edition

Our favourite places for a slice 

In honour of National Pizza Month, we share the pies that have captured our hearts.

El Piccolo, Havana, Cuba

The best and freshest pizza I've ever had is at El Piccolo in the seaside town of Guanabo, near Havana. The pizza is hand-tossed right before your eyes and cooked in a traditional wood-fired oven. The ingredients and toppings come from the beautiful vegetable garden right on the property. Plus, the ocean is only 100 metres away, so you can take in the scenery after dinner. —Teresa Johnston, art director

Bleecker Street Pizza, New York

Every time I’m in New York I stop by this Greenwich shop for a slice of thin crust perfection—simple toppings, homemade marinara sauce, cheese and basil. Job done! And I’m not the only one; Bleecker’s is usually packed, and the walls are lined with photos of famous customers, including Mike Tyson, Steven Tyler and Hugh Jackman. It's open until 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday so you can always satisfy those late-night cravings. Yum! —Steve Collins, design director

Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo Trattoria, Halifax

I went to university in Halifax, so I know a thing or two about the city’s pizza scene. My favourite place is definitely Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo Trattoria, in the Hydrostone neighbourhood, where the chef is all about keeping things simple. You can’t add more than three toppings to the original pizza and they don’t do substitutions or additions on the speciality bianco pizzas. Want to add pepperoni to the Pizza con Quattro Formaggi? Too bad. But just go with it and trust these pizza masters, they know what they’re doing. —Sara Samson, senior assistant editor

Pizzeria Prima Strada, Victoria

When it comes to perfectly prepared, Neapolitan-style pizza, my top pick is Pizzeria Prima Strada in Victoria. A local favourite (with two locations and a third opening soon), Prima Strata serves up pizzas that are wood-fired, crispy on the edges and completely delicious. There are a variety of toppings to choose from, but don't miss tasting the classic margherita—simplicity at its finest. —Jill Foran, editor

Una Pizza + Wine, Calgary

It can be a challenge to find a tasty gluten-free pizza, but Calgary’s Una Pizza + Wine on 17th Avenue nails it for me. My go-to is the margherita with san marzano tomato sauce, fior di latte mozzarella and crushed basil, with a side of Francis Coppola Ivory Label Cabernet Sauvignon. Topping options include everything from prosciutto and shaved pineapple to truffle oil and local urban honey, plus it’s open late, seven days a week.  —Diane Bolt, assistant editor

Il Casaro Pizzeria & Mozzarella Bar, San Francisco

San Francisco is filled with bread-lovers, so it only makes sense that they would have some great pizza. When I’m back in my favourite city, I hop on Muni and head to Il Casaro near the Embarcadero for oven-fired, thin-crust, perfectly bubbled Diavola pizza (mozzarella, tomato and spicy salami). Bonus: it’s open every day until 11 p.m. or midnight. —Alyssa Quirico, editorial assistant