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What’s on the menu at Prince Street Pizza, Canada’s first location of the popular New York pizza chain

Their secret? Pasta sauce

By Liza Agrba| Photography by Ashley van der Laan
What's on the menu at Prince Street Pizza, Canada's first location of the popular New York pizza chain

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Name: Prince Street Pizza Contact: 470 Front St. W., princestreetpizza.ca, @psp_ca
Neighbourhood: CityPlace Owners: Lawrence Longo and Alana Severino Head pizza maker: Jason Yu Accessibility: Fully accessible   The original Prince Street Pizza opened in Manhattan’s Nolita neighbourhood (on Prince Street, of course) in 2012. Its founding philosophy is that pasta sauce—like creamy vodka sauce and spicy, tomato-based fra diavolo—pairs just as well with pizza dough. Accordingly, PSP’s crusts are hefty, Sicilian-style rectangles topped with bright, zingy pasta sauces (which have been optimized for pizza) along with toppings like fresh mozzarella and crispy cups of pepperoni.

What's on the menu at Prince Street Pizza, Canada's first location of the popular New York pizza chain

Lawrence Longo, co-owner of the flagship Canadian location, was a Prince Street regular. “I’ll never forget my first slice,” he says. “It had this airy crust that was crispy and doughy at the same time, and the sauce just hit me in the back of the throat with spice. The pepperoni had this snap to it, almost like an amazing hot dog.”

His passion for Prince Street’s pies led to a friendship with the owners, who eventually entrusted him with bringing the brand—and zip code–spanning lineups—to LA’s Sunset Boulevard. Since then, Longo has helped open seven other locations. This is the chain’s first Canadian outpost, for which Longo partnered with his sister Alana Severino. While the line is (so far) confined to a single postal code, it regularly snakes along Front Street long before the doors open—proof of a splashy Canadian debut.

Prince Street Pizza co-owners Lawrence Longo and Alana Severino
The food

The flagship slice is the Spicy Spring, which sports Prince Street’s trademark focaccia-like dough, fiery fra diavolo sauce, mozzarella with a hint of pecorino romano, and a truckload of cup-and-char pepperoni. Most of the pies on offer have the same Sicilian-style dough, which strikes a satisfying balance between chewy and crispy. But the sauce is what sets these pizzas apart from the pack—it’s bright, neither too sweet nor too tangy and good enough to eat with a spoon. There’s even a water filter in the back that (at least in theory) adjusts Toronto tap water to the precise minerality of New York tap water. Head pizza maker Jason Yu claims it makes all the difference—we can’t confirm that, but it’s a solid slice regardless.

A chef at Prince Street Pizza ladles marinara sauce onto pizza crust
A pizzaiolo puts pepperoni on a Prince Street Pizza pizza
A pepperoni pizza comes out of the oven at Prince Street Pizza in Toronto
Lawrence Longo, co-owner of Toronto's Prince Street Pizza location, holding the Spicy Spring
Here’s Longo, cradling the finished Spicy Spring pie

 

A slice of Prince Street Pizza's best-selling pie, the Spicy Spring, topped with Fra Diavolo sauce, mozzarella and pepperoni
The Spicy Spring in all its glory: chili-spiked fra diavolo sauce, fresh mozzarella with a touch of pecorino romano, and cup-and-char pepperoni from edge to crispy edge. It’s easy to see why this is the bestselling slice. $6.75 per slice, $40 per pie

 

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Prince Street Pizza's Naughty Pie is lashed with hot honey
The Naughty Pie getting a generous drizzle of hot honey

 

A slice of Prince Street Pizza's Naughty Pie, topped with vodka sauce, whipped ricotta, mozzarella, hot honey and pepperoni
The Naughty Pie features pecorino-spiked vodka sauce, whipped ricotta, fresh mozzarella, a drizzle of hot honey, and a scattering of cup-and-char pepperoni. $6.50 per slice, $38 per pie

 

A square of Prince Street Pizza topped with fresh mozzarella, shredded mozzarella, whipped ricotta and pecorino romano
For those who always ask for extra cheese, this slice is topped with a quartet of the good stuff: fresh mozzarella, shredded mozzarella, whipped ricotta and pecorino romano with a hit of fresh garlic. $6.25 per slice, $37.50 per pie

 

A classic, foldable slice of Prince Street Pizza's NY-style cheese pizza
PSP’s triangular slices use the same dough as the rectangles minus one step—it’s not proofed in the pan, yielding a thinner, foldable crust. This is your classic NY-style slice topped with shredded mozzarella and light, juicy uncooked tomato sauce. $6 per slice, $29 per pie

 

A slice of Prince Street Pizza's Green Machine, topped with basil pesto, mozzarella, whipped ricotta and black olives
The Green Machine pairs house-made nut-free basil pesto with shredded mozzarella, whipped ricotta and black olives for a verdant foldable slice. $6.25 per slice, $35 per pie
The drinks

Your standard selection of soft drinks—you really can’t go wrong with a slice of pepperoni and a can of Coke.

The space

The takeout-only joint is designed to look like the original New York location—right down to the exposed red brick, the wall of celebrity photos and convincing replicas of the OG PSP’s brown ceiling tiles. Slices are laid out in a glass display case set in front of a sizable oven with a sign that proudly declares “We do not serve ranch, blue cheese, ketchup, mayo” (and they mean it). “We just don’t think these things go well with our particular style of pizza,” Longo diplomatically explains.

A sign above the counter at Toronto's Prince Street Pizza
Prince Street Pizza co-owner Lawrence Longo stacks pizza boxes at the brand's Toronto location
A wall of framed photos at Toronto's first location of Prince Street Pizza
A Prince Street Pizza chef pulls a pizza out of the oven at the brand's Toronto location
Inside Toronto's first Prince Street Pizza location
A Prince Street Pizza box
People line up outside of Canada's first Prince Street Pizza location in Toronto
The exterior of Toronto's first Prince Street Pizza location

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