Defina Wood Fired

4.7
96 reviews
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Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Defina is a bustling wood fired pizzeria. Inspired by rustic tradition, we offer a blistering thin Napoletana-style dough, a crispier firm Roma-style crust or for an adventurous palate, the ancient grain Kamut. At Defina we feel our warmth and communal energy is what makes us a popular host for our friends and neighbours. Local patrons and visitors alike meet for our weekly Defina Night Specials and share what they enjoy most: good value, great quality and friendly service.
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RT
Toronto
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best gluten free pizza in TO. Wild boar meatballs are a must try. Really great atmosphere and service.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, ambience and service! The manager went above and beyond to ensure our party was accommodated. Absolutely no complaints!! Blown away by how wonderful this place is. Thank you :)

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KM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

The pizza was absolutely delicious. The atmosphere was very friendly if a bit noisy for my liking.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

The place is good, but the service needs a checkup. The wait staff basically forgot to do everything that is normal. We didn't get water, we weren't given a choice of crusts, our leftovers disappeared and we couldn't take them home. The appetizer didn't look anything like the website picture, but it tasted pretty good.

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MG
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my first visit to Defina. The Food, service and atmosphere was great. Will definitely be going back.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a great place for a first date! My BF and I go for our usual Thursday night date at least once a month. Servie the manager and waiting staff are amazing.

Price is reasonable!

Parking is hard to find but just use Bank of Montreal and you’ll be all good for the night!

Enjoy!

Linda

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CR
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perhaps one of the best pizzas I've had. Other menu items, were enjoyed by all.

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L
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic authentic pizza and great cocktails! I would go back!

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S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely meal with the family, we will definitely be back!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It’s a great new place. Friendly, cosy but with cool decor, welcoming ambience and great food. I don’t normally write reviews but this place deserves it

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JH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice space, a bit loud but could still keep in conversation with friends at our table.
Best gluten free pizza in town!

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JL
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was decent. I found the pizza not as good as the Roncy location but still good. Kale salad was excellent. Squid and Calamari salad was ok and a bit on the salty side. Nice restaurant. Bigger and trendier than their other location

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T
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The restaurant is bright, airy and very spacious. Our pizza's were excellent. We tried a variety of crusts and enjoyed all of them. The time it took to be served the pizza's during lunch hour was much too long however. We did have appetizers first but the wait time for that wasn't too bad. The table was not cleared immediately and only when the pizza's arrived did they take away the appetizer plates and cutlery. I received the bill when requested but again had to wait for the debit machine in order to pay.
Our lunch hour took just under 2 hours . I'll go back but not during lunch. The service time is too long.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great as usual. Great service, food, and ambience. Thank you!!

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JT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great pizza and flourless chocolate cake! Would definitely recommend the Spanish Coca but add goat cheese!

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RG
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a pleasant evening at Defina Wood fire pizza. The food and ambience makes for a wonderful family evening. The staff are always very attentive and Shawn (the manager) makes times to stop by for quick chat. We really enjoy our Friday evening there.

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H
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my second time at Defina Woodfire in the last month and both times it was amazing. The atmosphere and food were way beyond our expectations and we will continue to go back!

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NA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It was a birthday but I guess they just ask what the occasion is on OpenTable and don’t bother asking at restaurant

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LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Pizza in Toronto!

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FG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a very small issue with the service but the manager was right on top of it and made it all right again. Definitely our go-to place for pizza in the city. Can't be beat. And we've tried many places.

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NF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

We LOVE THE FOOD!! However, service messed up. We had good service up until our server went off her shift and sat at the bar to eat (in our view). We did not know she went off duty at first and waited +20 minutes after finishing our dessert before my husband got up and walked to the bar to get someone. That was frustrating. We hope that you can work on this kind of communication so that no one else has to go through the frustration we went through.

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely and spacious, not loud at all. I like this location much better than the smaller and louder spot on Roncey. Food was delicious and service prompt. Great experience for my son's special 16th birthday dinner.

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CR
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I enjoyed the hospitality of Dominic (pretty sure that's the bartender's name). Relaxed & cool. Have gone to the Roncy location & both locations continue to deliver on all levels.

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F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food is great and the service is decent, if a little slow. The real drawback is how noisy this popular restaurant becomes at peak hours.

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TW
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always have such a great time at Defina. The food is incredible, the servers are friendly, professional and knowledgeable, and it’s such a great environment.

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B
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Excellent food. But music tends to be somewhat loud/noisy. Difficult to carry on a conversation

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BA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had dinner with my family. The octopus and the pizza was outstanding. Love the atmosphere in the place!!

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CB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, beautiful interior. We’ll be back for sure!

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MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Disappointed in the pizza. I usually go to their other locations and it is outstanding. Not the same at this location.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our family has become regulars at Defina Woodfired because of the delicious food and warm staff. Shawn, Jasmine and Shannon served us on Sunday. They were very attentive and each took the time to stop by our table and chat with myself, husband and daughter. Food was delicious, the mushroom pappardelle has become our 8yo favourite dish.
We always look forward to our upcoming reservation at Defina.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful service and delicious food!

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SK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

And amazing restaurant, with the perfect ambiance for any occasion, whether it be work related celebratory or an intimate meal. It never feels overly busy nor deserted. We have tried numerous things on the menu from Pizza to pasta to the meats dessert salad, and food has been consistently excellent. As a bonus, the staff here is extremely friendly and clearly interested in ensuring that you have a lovely meal.

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EC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall great experience and would definitely recommend it to everyone.

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FH
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was amazing and the food was as good as the service. We drove almost 2 hours and it was very much worth it.

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KA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food and great service.

Recommend the green beans as an appetizer or side dish. It may sound a bit plain, but it's so delicious and we always order extra dip to save for our pizzas!

Kid-friendly with high chairs, boosters, colouring books and crayons, though no special kid's menu.

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MR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Defina is a great addition to our neighbourhood. The owners are fantastic. The food is delicious and the service is always stellar! Cheers!

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p
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, ambiance and food. Restroom is attractive, clean and needs a hook for a coat. On assignment for report, we were very picky.

The super cool decor was pleasing, upscale industrial and well done - hip & elegant at once. Outfitted with all the electronic gear one would imagine for an online reservation, we were seated immediately. We did not like being so far from the pizza oven and missing all the action of pizza coming and going. We were close to the beautiful glass wall. It was cool (in January) and would ask owners to consider a bit of supplementary heat along the glass. Amazingly cold delicious water arrived in a unique glass liter right away. Service was sharp except they were stumped when we asked for salt. (Blood pressure aside, salt is fun on pizza.)

As to the Pizza: (We order the exact pizza in all pizza restaurants for comparison.) The San Marzano tomato sauce was delicious and captured the perfect brisk flavor we love. The crust was nice - thin and tasty with the amount of salt we like in the dough, kudos to the dough maestro. We like a bit more char on the edge but admit we forgot to ask for it. The fior di latte was perfectly placed and appreciated. The chorizo was delicious. There should be a bite of chorizo in 70% of the bites, this was the one area where we were a tad disappointed - toppings were a bit scarce. Red peppers were delicious, again, not enough of them.

One last item : I did not find any recommendations for parking on the website. If someone is not a local, it would be helpful to know where to begin looking for a spot.

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A
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the best pizza I have had in Toronto. It is wood fired thin crust style. The have won few international pizza competition award. The ambiance is romantic and upscale with big wood table and dim light (marble design). I highly recommend this restaurant. It is definitely one of hidden gem in town!

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent food. Bit of a mix up with our order, but we had a lovely dining experience.

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CA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

I’m not sure I would come back as the noise level is so high that you can barely have a conversation with your dinner companions :(
Too bad, because the food is good

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