New look, new people, same food blog. cuiscenes is back for more and what better way to usher in this new era than with a group review at a restaurant that also recently rebranded itself. Formerly known as One Pizza, True True is a pizzeria in the St. Lawrence area specializing in individual-sized artisanal pizzas made with locally-sourced ingredients and baked before your very eyes. They kept the essence of their former identity with the same core ingredients that let you be as creative as you like but for those who are frequently paralyzed by choice, there are pre-selected pizza creations on the menu.
As One Pizza, the restaurant maintained a clean, neutral, almost monotone look but with their rebrand, True True now sports a bold teal logo that is used to accent most of the place's decor and packaging. Once a small location that blended into its King East surroundings, there's no way you can miss it now.
You order at the far end of the restaurant where you have a view of all the ingredients available to choose for your toppings, unless you opt for one of the pre-made creations like we did. Between the five of us, we ordered The Aristocrat w/ prosciutto ($14.86), the Donnie Brasco ($12.86), the Aloha Smoke ($12.86), and (x2) Into the Wild ($12.86).
We were each tasked with writing a short review of what we ordered, and after compilation, it looks like this marks the beautiful beginning of restaurant reviews filled with awful puns. Let's get to it:
Kelly Ann: Because I believe that I am one of those classy 22 year-olds, I decided to go for The Aristocrat ($12.86). I’m just kidding, I just really like arugula on my pizza. Other than the arugula, The Aristocrat came with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella (those big chunks are to die for), garlic confit (didn’t I tell you I was fancy?), pesto, fresh parmesan, and bacon bits. I’m a sucker for prosciutto on my pizzas as well, so naturally I asked for that as an extra topping ($2). The fresh tomato sauce was one of my favourite part amongst all the pizzas. They made you feel like you were making the “healthier” decision, which I suppose in pizza terms, True True would be. The dough was nice and light, and I cannot stress enough how FRESH everything was! This was the 1/20 times that I’ve eaten a full pizza to myself without feeling guilty/like a pile of lard about it. At the end of the meal, I was like “true, true, this place is legit, I’d totally come back,” (wondering if that thought has any correlation to their chosen restaurant name?).
Kelly: It would not be a stretch for me to say that True True exceeded my expectations. Upon entering, I was happy and a little surprised to see fairly modern and eclectic decor, which definitely fit the theme for their equally interesting pizzas. After (admittedly) significant deliberation on my part, I settled on the Donnie Brasco ($12.86) which features classic tomato sauce, house bland cheese, ricotta, fennel sausage, chorizo sausage, pepperoni, pickled red onion, fresh parmesan, and oregano. I'd be lying if I said that I chose this pizza for any reason other than the fact that it had the most items on it. What I expected was a fairly traditional meat lovers pizza, but what I got was decidedly better. All the different meats worked together very nicely, with the chorizo being undoubtedly the most flavourful. Getting a bite of the pickled red onion along with all that meat really brightened up the rest of the flavours, while biting into the generous dollop of ricotta gave amazing creaminess to an already very delicious pizza. I personally recommend adding a bit of their chili oil, which really complimented the rest of the pizza without overshadowing any of the other ingredients. It was a true(ly) tasty experience.
Asmita: Upon inspecting the menu, my first thought was “true true, these all sound good”. I settled on the Aloha Smoke ($12.86), which featured True True’s fresh crust topped with classic tomato sauce, their shredded house blend cheese, smoked bacon, pineapple salsa, cilantro, crushed chillies, fresh parmesan, and my personal addition of approximately half a container of chilli flakes. It’s definitely not as ingredient-heavy as the rest of True True’s pizzas but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in flavour. Their crust and tomato sauce creates the freshest base for any ingredient to shine on top of, and the combination of smokey bacon, tarte salsa, and spicy chillies elevates what might otherwise be a simple cheese pizza. That being said, it’s not a stretch to say we enjoyed every pizza we tried and at $12.86 a-piece, it won’t be long before you’ve worked your way through their menu.
Michael: The Into the Wild ($12.86) proved my very scientific theory that anything with truffle oil is automatically amazing. This pizza came with mozzarella, blue cheese, and parmesan –which happens to prove another theory of mine: anything with 3+ types of cheese is heaven-sent. To top it off was a mix of wild mushroom and the holiest of holy liquids, truffle oil. An apparently unpopular opinion, as detected by the glares I was given from the rest of the cuiscenes team, I actually prefer whole wheat dough over white. Because I’m a sucker for anything saucy, I would have preferred if the pizza came with a base sauce, but the pizza was still true true-ly drool-worthy.
Alyssa: We all made a pact to order different pizzas for the purpose of this review but that notion was immediately thrown out the window when I also ordered Into the Wild ($12.86). Can't go to True True without some unnecessary repetition, amirite? (But also, no promise is worth depriving yourself of anything with truffle oil.) This particular pizza has been my go-to since the days of One Pizza and for good reason: the blue cheese and truffle oil create such a (deliciously) strong flavour that's offset by an abundance of mushrooms so that you never get tired of eating it. This is a tried, tested, and true true winner.