Toronto on a Friday with a $20 Budget

delissio pizza toronto

After a long week, my friend Katie and I had plans Friday night to grab some drinks and appetizers in the city after work. Katie proclaimed (jokingly, I think..) that her budget was $20. I asked her if she had ever even been out in Toronto before, and told her she needed to be a bit more flexible. For food AND drinks, you’re looking at upwards of $30. Toronto has a way of emptying your pockets. Here is the story of how Katie always gets her way….

During the day, when Katie had explained her budget was $20, she also mentioned she was “in the mood for a charcuterie board and wine”. So I suggested Pizzeria Libretto as the had plenty of great options for wine, drinks, charcuterie, appetizers, and pizza. We met up, and as we were about to walk over, she explains “I said I was in the mood for charcuterie but I can’t actually eat it….” (Katie doesn’t eat meat). So, I apparently misunderstood that one. Apparently.

We decided to head over to La Carnita which is one of my favourite spots for guacamole and tacos in Toronto (aside from some great spots in Kensington) I just went ahead and assumed I’d like their drinks as well. At this point I’m thinking, “If we both get one drink for $12, one taco for $6, and share an appetizer for $15…we’re looking at maybe $25 each, plus tax..and tip… Over budget”.

There was about a 40-minute wait, so we added our name to the waiting list and decided to walk around a bit. We ended up near the pop-up shop space on King West and Peter. This space always has something new going on. Pepsi, Ikea, and President’s Choice have been there, just to name a few others. This Friday was a pop-up for Delissio Pizza.

My rustico on king

We decided to check it out, and it happened that the line really wasn’t bad! We started off by getting a free sample of wine (score), then got in line to make our own creation.

I was given a clipboard to either choose one of their feature pizzas, or create my own. I decided to create my own, which is a difficult task for someone who can NEVER MAKE UP THEIR MIND.

pizza rustico on king free pizza

I  settled on a pizza with caramelized onions, prosciutto, parmigiano cheese, and black pepper honey.

I got to watch them make it, and then we waited for it to cook!

making pizza

And then ate away!

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Was it the best pizza I ever had? Not by any means. I’m Italian, and I’ve been spoiled with great, authentic pizza from the motherland. Usually I wouldn’t even look twice at Delissio. But it was decent! And it was free! And the vibe was great, with a DJ playing some fun music.

At this point, we lost our table for La Carnita, and we continued on to Barhop to get a drink there. Beer for Katie, a Cider for me. Both $6.50 each. How? I don’t know. It cost the same as my subway fare.

Overall, we came in very under-budget which made Katie very happy, and me very wrong.

The Pop-up will be open until November 11th if anyone wants to check it out!

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