Review: Magic Oven and its magical pizza
November 10, 2011 § 5 Comments
I’ve eaten a lot of pizza in my life. Thin crust, deep dish, sauced with tomato, pesto, BBQ sauce, Alfredo and pumpkin, covered in spinach, almonds, onions, squash and basil. Its kind of my thing. So when I say that I recently ate the best pizza of my life at Magic Oven on Queen St. E., I am not joking around.
The first time I went to Magic Oven with Sam I had the Tony’s Magic pizza which has on it tomatoes and Portobello mushrooms. It is a simple pizza but, as I have said before, the simplest things are often the most beautiful and this was absolutely true of the Tony’s Magic pizza. The tomatoes were so fresh and full of flavour and the mushrooms were meaty and rich.
Being a fan Indian food, Sam had the Tandoori Chicken Magic. While Sam says his pizza wasn’t too spicy or hot (he loaded his up with red pepper flakes for more heat!) it did have plenty of that tasty Indian spice that he loves so much. Also, the Tandoori Chicken Magic pizza was the most incredible pink-red colour! So vibrant! (The iPhone photo doesn’t do it justice.) I can’t wait to go back and try the Tandoori Potato Magic myself.
But the best part of our Magic Oven pizza was the crust. It was just perfect. To be honest, it kind of defied words. It was thin, the way I like it, but also crispy and sturdy. Again, perhaps the best I’ve ever tasted.
I loved Magic Oven so much that I brought my parents there for pizza a week or so later. That night I had the Ruby Red Magic, which is a pizza of red beets and goat cheese. I do not often eat beets at home but I was so drawn in by the image of a bright red, almost magenta pizza that I had to order it. And it was fantastic! Unlike anything I have ever had. I have even started using beets on my pizzas at home.
Before I end this post, I’ll say one more thing: The food at Magic Oven, of course, is so good; But what I love most about the restaurant is what it stands for. Magic Oven is all about using healthy, local, organic ingredients and caters to just about any dietary choice out there – vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, you name it! I’ll let you read more about them here but I wanted to say a sort of “thank you” to Magic Oven for making not only the best pizza I’ve ever had but also pizza that I can feel good about.