Pizzeria Libretto is a lively Toronto neighbourhood restaurant offering Real Neapolitan Pizza certified by the VPN.
Libretto aims to be loyal to what real pizza is, invented in Naples using local natural ingredients, cooked in a wood fired oven at extremely high heat to achieve a charred, blistered crust. We use San Marzano tomatoes and Fiore di Latte Mozzarella, brought in fresh daily. Our dough is made with naturally leavened Italian Caputo dopio zero flour. Our pizza bakes in less than 90 seconds in our 900 degree wood burning oven, hand built for us by a 3rd generation pizza oven maker in Naples. Simple, Honest, and Natural.
—Chef Rocco Agostino & Max Rimaldi
p.s. Please be sure to also visit our sister restaurant, Enoteca Sociale.
The Story - Recently Chef Rocco admitted that he was smitten with Porchetta and Co’s traditional Italian porchetta sandwich. He was so blown away by the savory, moist, pork roast sandwich from the Dundas West sandwich shop that he had a dream. What if we could figure out a way to put his favorite sandwich on a pizza? The result – A beautiful and delicious neighborhood favourite: Chef Nick’s tender porchetta, fior di latte, cream, a drizzle of earthy truffle oil, rapini, preserved chilies and pork crackling.
December 2012 - Chef Rocco Agostino submits this uniquely Italian recipe into Canadian Pizza Magazine’s national competition and earns the title of 2012 Chef of the Year!
March 2013 - The regional win sends Chef Rocco and the Pizzeria Libretto crew to represent Team Canada at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas to compete in the International Pizza Challenge. Out of 60 competitors from around the world, Rocco solidifies himself as 3rd Best in the World in the Non-Traditional FINALS… a proud showing for this first time competitor!
With this win under his belt, Rocco is back in Toronto, actively working throughout Toronto’s diverse communities, promoting locally sourced & simple food… And is taking this recent, exciting experience on the pizza championship circuit to plan his strategy and aim to top next year’s competition!
Pizzeria Libretto – Team Canada at the 2013 Pizza Expo
Mathan – Head Pizzaiolo
Max Rimaldi – Proprietor Pizzeria Libretto
Jamie Cook – General Manager/Partner
Rocco Agostino – Executive Chef Pizzeria Libretto
Gary Quinto – Managing Partner Pizzeria Libretto
Nick auf der Mauer – Chef and Owner of Porchetta & Co.