Defina Wood Fired

4.6
25 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Pizzeria
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Pizzeria, Italian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–3:00 am
Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
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Phone number
(416) 536-4788
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Cross Street
Dupont
Additional
Full Bar, Takeout
What 25 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RT
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second visit to Delfina and this one was just as good with better ambiance. Service was great, very friendly and the food was yummy. We shared 2 salads, Korean Rib appie and a pizza amongst 4 of us.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a treat! From Apps to Pizza’s, everything here is spot on!

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g
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The warm ambience set the stage for a great dining experience. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys eating delicious things in beautiful places served by nice people.

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LM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

The food was really good. Our server, Emily, was not helpful when it came to accommodating our dietary restrictions. She made excuses for any possible mistakes that could be made and told us it would not be her fault if they did occur as the kitchen was busy. When it came time for the bill, she only took care of one of the card payments, then disappeared, leaving us with the machine. We ended up doing the rest of the bill for ourselves.
I would say to come for the food as it was delicious, but to not expect outstanding service.

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D
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been to Defina’s 6 tines. I eat the gluten-free pizza. It’s the best I’ve had and the service is great.

Dianne, Toronto

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ZN
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner last Friday. The manager called me earlier in the morning to check-in on any dietary restrictions for my party of 9 and was ready to accommodate any requests we had.

For dinner, my family had just gotten off of a flight from Vancouver, and the kids were a handful, and the staff were fantastic with them.

The food was awesome and the drinks were plenty.

Thanks for a fantastic evening.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Defina’s pizza is as good as it gets.
I just returned from Italy 2 weeks earlier, and this was easily as good as the pizza I had there :)
They really get how to do this crust Napolitan style ‘za.
Serving staff is top notch, on point, fun and gracious!
Music was a little louder than usual, and an oddly heavier rock playlist for a boomy set of acoustics.
Quickly becoming our go-to for ‘za in the west end of T.O.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our 5th visit. Our new Friday family wind-down tradition. Excellent pizza’s and amazing team that truly
Makes your dining a pleasure.
Shout-outs to Imogen, Robbie, Sara, Raino(spelling?) Shawn (spelling?)- the GM. We’ve had Robbie as our waiter for 3 of our visits and he truly does have exceptional customer service skills that comes naturally, as does the rest of the team. Always a busy environment but not distracting from your table conversations. Kudos to the chef and his kitchen staff, excellent pizza and from order to table it’s very fast. Keep up the amazing work!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was amazing from beginning to end! Staff are friendly and courteous. Food was beyond delicious! Kid friendly environment! Our favorite neighbourhood gem!

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RT
Toronto
35 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great atmosphere with really good pizza. Gluten-free pizza crust is the best we have tasted.

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NN
Toronto
38 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

Defina competes in a very crowded pizza market, and it is very difficult to stand out.
My wife and i dined there a few days ago and we will not return. It was ear splitting noisy even as the place was emptying out, and we cold only converse with great difficulty. The service was a little spotty-----we placed our food order and then and asked our server to return quickly for our wine order. Our starters were on the table before we were able to flag him down for our drink order. He returned a few minutes later to tell us that they were out of wine glasses and they were working on solving the problem. The wine arrived eventually. I would have thought that they might comp us the wine to make up for this, but as a rule, i find that TO restaurants rarely do anything to mollify customers when there is a problem. In the US, we have found that restaurants are eager to make good if there is any sort of problem.
Mrs. Nosher started with the peach and Halloumi salad which she enjoyed, but felt that it was overly complicated with too many ingredients. I had the octopus and calamari which was quite good.
She had the Spanish Coca pizza which was quite tasty and I had the Pumba which was terminally bland. I don't think that I have every added salt to a pie, and even with the addition of chili oil or chili flakes it tasted pretty nondescript. There was little evidence of cheese on it.
There are numerous alternatives for good pizza in TO, and while we are always on the lookout for something new, we will stick with our favorites.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the 4th time we (me, my wife and 8 year old daughter) have been to Defina and I must say the high level of customer service and quality of food is consistent. I must commend the hostess Imogen and our waiter Robbie for making our dining a most pleasurable one. We thoroughly enjoyed the Margherita and Ontario farmers pizza. It was fresh, filled with veggies and absolutely delicious. Keep up the excellent service and consistency with your amazing Pizza’s.

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SM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 2

I've been thinking this over for the last day - I'm a regular patron of their original place on Roncesvalles and I love it there.. service, quality of food, overall value and have (now) had the same meal at both places. The pizza I had on Saturday night had the distinct and overpowering taste of wood/fire which completely obliterated the flavour. I didn't tell the waitress because the whole place smelled of wood burning pizza oven... it was almost a charred flavour.

This seems almost silly to mention but once I returned home I had to launder everything I wore as it took on the heavy odour of campfire. Perhaps its a ventilation issue but I will only return to the Roncesballes location despite the Dupont location being closer to home.

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D
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect from the staff to the food!

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NW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was there with my friends for my birthday and the staff were amazing! Great service and great food. Would definitely come back!

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FG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

After a not so pleasant experience at Defina Roncesvalles we were pleasantly surprised at Defina DuPont. Ambiance was good, service was good, and most importantly the pizza was good. Would definitely return.

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All-around amazing restaurant. Defina never dissapoints! Wonderful food, service, drinks and ambiance. The food is truly top quality and fresh, not to mention delicious. I’ll definitely be back!

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had our wedding reception here on August 11 and had a fantastic time. From the amazing starters (delicious meatballs, mussels, and fish cakes), incredible pizza, and lovely dessert, everything was just as we'd hoped it would be. Our server (whose name I don't remember sadly) was very helpful and kept our wine glasses full! Overall a wonderful experience. Thanks so much for taking good care of us!

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DY
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the initial greeting at the door to the servers everyone was sincerely gracious and charming---and prompt. Our pizzas were amazing with their variety of flavours, freshness and quality of ingredients.
My friend and I agreed that our pizzas were some of the very best that we have ever enjoyed.
It is pleasant to know of this fine eatery that serves delicious food at reasonable prices with cheerful
and excellent service!

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I
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Defina never ceases to impress. Was a but hesitant feeling like how could the new location be as good as the first.. wow its even better! Our triple tomato and maximo pizzas were delicious. The napoletan vs Roma crust options were great as well. Calamari was delicious. Loved it!

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G
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

As usual (this was my third visit, bringing guests on their first visit each time), the food was brilliant and the service superlative. BUT the noise level of the so-called "background music" was not just intrusive, it was irritating, disruptive and unpleasant. AND UNNECESSARY. Please adjust. It was difficult to hear the person sitting next to you; as for conversing comfortably with those across the table? - forget about it!! We four, who have been good friends for ages, got together to enjoy "visiting" in the context of an attractive and relaxed restaurant setting and food I knew would be a treat (in spades!) but really struggled to get past the noise. Not exactly what I had in mind as a "thank you" for their help with my recent joint replacement and recovery.

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SK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Defina Wood Fired is a great addition to the neighbourhood! Great pizza, great wine, and great atmosphere! Will be back!

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PD
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great ambiance, pizza, service. Consistent with every visit.

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RM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We went after the Banksy exhibit. Overall it was very good based on the food and the table service. Our initial impression was pretty poor when we first arrived as the hostess seemed aggressive, demanding if we had a reservation. At that point we were thinking "oops, maybe we made a mistake". Fortunately the staff turned out to be awesome and very helpful. The pizza cooks allowed us to engage and ask a bunch of questions and our table server led us into all the right food choices. Even the person we met acting as the hostess warmed right up near the end. Of note were the very tasty grilled beans and dipping sauce. Out of this world good! Our server recommended keeping the sauce for the pizza - good call! One important comment from my wife. The ladies bathroom is under the stairs and is cluttered with all kinds of busted up furniture and stuff sitting beside the womens toilet. Management should correct this......

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible service and fresh dishes. Highly recommend this stylish and cozy restaurant for any occasion. Amazing value for good quality food and good wine. Try their sangria!

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