Mr. Pide, Turkish Pizza on the DanforthDec 13th, 2010 | By Peter Minakis | Category: Baking, Dough, Featured, Flour, Review, Talk Toronto, Turkish
When I came back from vacation in mid-September I was already reminiscing about the places I had visited and the smells, sights and aromas at many homes and at eateries. I stayed in northern Greece and traveled to the southernmost point in Greece, the island of Crete. I also took a three day side trip to Istanbul (Constantinople) which included a day trip to the Princes’ Islands in the Bosphorus.
Back here in Toronto, I was craving the Lahmacun than I ate on “Pringipos” and when I was walking on the Danforth, just east of Pape I saw that Toronto’s ethnic map was beginning to mimic actual geography: Greektown (Danforth) to the west of Pape and a cluster of Turkish shops east of Pape/ Greece in the west and Turkey just east of us.
The first time I walked into Mr. Pide was a warm September afternoon with the front of the shop opened-up by way of a garage door opening. Mr. Pide specializes in making “Pide” (Peed-ai), which is often referred to as the Turkish pizza. The other specialty that appears on the menu is the more familiar Lahmacun, appearing widely in the Levant and Armenian cuisines.
Mr. Pide is a family-owned/operated eatery where you’ll find my friend Omur and his mother in the shop. Located on the Danforth, just east of Pape on the north side, you’ll be always greeted with a warm smile, Turkish music playing in the background and a clean, well-lit and inviting place to eat.
If you want a delicious departure from the usual pizza, then a lahmacun or a pide will hit the spot. The dough is made in-house, a thin crust in the norm for pide or lahmacun and the toppings will transport you to Turkey. Today, Omur is going to show us how he makes his Lahmacun. In the video, a thin dough is slightly stretched out into an oblong shape and a mixture of ground beef, tomatoes and peppers, onions, seasoning and spices are massaged into the dough. The Lahmacun is baked for about 7 minutes and served with garnishes of onions, hot peppers, tomatoes and parsley – just like I had in Turkey.
Mr. Pide is located at 800 Danforth Avenue, just east of Pape (on the north side) and take-out orders are accepted (no delivery).
Tel: 647 351 7433
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