Defina Wood Fired

4.6
71 reviews
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Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
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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B
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 16, 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 14, 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
1 review
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 13, 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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RG
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a pleasure. Excellent staff and food.

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H
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food well prepared and presented. Love bringing coming here. Staff are attentive and courteous.

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AC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed dinner very much
The food was great
It was very noisy though and difficult to converse . It was a bit of a wait for our order however the lovely server was very gracious and apologetic. We would visit again !

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d
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Pizza Defina is always a great choice!
Usually the service is excellent, and while our server was prompt and courteous, she ordered me the wrong menu item. I had ordered the Wild mushroom pasta but received the Wild mushroom pizza, as the rest of my table had thier food I didn' t send it back but did mention it to a server. Not sure if someone else received my pasta but I ate the pizza. This would be my only issue. It has never happened previously so maybe it was a one off.
Will definitely go back!!!!

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LI
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Overall a great first time experience. Food and Service was good !!! Only small issue was the draft from the front door due to the very cold weather that evening causing me to wear my coat during the meal. But it was worth it !! We plan to return again !!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great evening at Defina. It is the perfect combination of delicious food, attentive staff and comfortable, rustic decor. Mushroom Pappardelle dish is flavourful and delectable for both meat eaters and vegetarian. The pizzas are a work of art from the well crafted dough to the premium toppings.

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s
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

been a few times, food has been consistently excellent, service is always great, great vibe too

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RT
Toronto
42 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and atmosphere. Best GF pizza crust we have had.

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R
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food - especially the items over the wood fire! The management made sure to accommodate special requests and the server made our night even more fun. Will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was great but maybe over salted. The restaurant was so loud we couldn’t talk very easily. I had put a note that it was a birthday dinner and there was no mention of it by the staff. I also don’t like when a restaurant tells you that you have to be out in 2 hrs when you’re about to drop quite a bit of money.....also the mains took a long time to arrive. Overall we were happy so really I’m nitpicking.....

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A
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent food and friendly professional service from everyone. Green beans and Brussels sprouts are worth going for alone! But it is really loud. And the tables are a little wider than average—good for fitting food, drinks, plates easily within reach but not so good for conversation. Everyone is talking very loudly so their dining companions can hear them. Acoustic advice needed here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Incredible food, my party tried an assortment of items from the menu and we were very pleased! The pizzas, the brussel sprouts and the octopus/calamari dish were among the more memorable. Will be back again!

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m
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

If wasn’t the dynamo server we had this dinner would habe been a disaster! We thought we were gonna be explained about the specials of the evening. Instead our server apologized for the list of items not available on the menu! How is that possible?? It was a Tuesday! It’s festive season!

The pizza, which is always awesome, saved the day!

Gonna be a while before I’m back. Get it together guys!

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RG
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tried the Grilled Portobella Carbonara this time. Absolutely delicious! Pasta cooked perfect and loaded with mushrooms. Excellent service from Anjelica, jasmine and Shawn (manager). It’s always busy on Friday’s but you never have to wait for service, there’s always someone checking in with you. Truly a pleasurable dining experience. Keep up the outstanding service and amazing pizza’s and pasta.

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JK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for hubby’s birthday. Food excellent. Waitress was great. All in all good value

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GD
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious - great pizza - best spin on Poutine we've ever had. Our waiter was awesome. We would definitely go back

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RG
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tuesday’s night is $5 beer night. Nice selections. As always great staff experiences and amazing pizza.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Server kept forgetting order

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RG
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent pizza and great service. Always enjoy our Defina pizza night.

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FG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

I sometimes find the food too salty but overall always a very pleasant experience

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food in a beautiful space! They have green beans as one of the vegetable sides, and these are the best green beans you'll ever have. And then there is the pizza, awesome! Will definitely return soon.

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f
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent meal. Try the octopus App. And the Niagara salad. The pizzas are fantastic. You cannot go wrong with any of them.

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RF
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great meal, with good friends, in a wonderful, fun atmosphere. Try the green beans!!

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RG
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always an amazing experience. Probably our 12th Friday family evening out. I love the music on Friday’s, 80’s early 1990’s. Food is excellent, we are vegetarians and the Ontario farmers pizza is absolutely delicious.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unbelievable food and service. Unpretentious yet impressive. Thank you Defina.

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