Last week I was in Toronto for my brother's convocation. I've been to Toronto before, and I love that it always has so many gluten free options and people don't look at you like you asked for some obscure item when you mention gluten free.
We stayed in the Yorkville area downtown, so we were walking to distance to lots of restaurants and shopping!
The first day I arrived - I checked out Pizza Pizza. Because they have to make the pizza to order - you should bear in mind you'll have to wait about 15 minutes for your order :). The gluten free pizza is a personal size one (10 inches) and is split in 6 pieces. It was enough for my Mom and I to share for a lunch. Also, they were kind enough to do two sides with different toppings for each of us :D For $9.99 - it was a great deal, and an awesome lunch!
For supper that day, we checked out a place called the Magic Oven. There are actually a few locations around the city, and they have an extensive gluten free menu with some vegetarian and vegan options as well. We wanted to sample a few things, so we tried the chickepea soup, the Caesar salad (no croutons) and a fettuccine alfredo pasta. The server was awesome, and they are very familiar with gluten free customers.
The next day, the University of Toronto had a reception after the convocation. What a spread. It was such as contrast to Newfoundland. They had lots of fruits, veggies, and a quinoa salad, and the best part? GLUTEN FREE desserts! And they were labelled with a sign. We almost fell over! There were cakes, muffins and cheesecakes! It is so nice to see these things at this type of event
We also checked out Il Fornello Italian Restaurant down on King Street (we took the subway down and walked back). They have gluten free pasta and pizza options on their menu as well as some salad choices.
Because I just can't get enough pizza - I had the Quattro - it came with Salami, mushrooms, artichoke hearts and olives. Because I'm not a huge meat fan, I skipped the salami and just went with the three items.
The pizza was AWESOME - thin crust, loaded with toppings, and so tasty!
Aside from Restaurants, every grocery store I went in had some gluten free products, and I also liked Noah's Natural Foods. They have a couple locations in the city, but I went to the one at 322 Bloor Street. I found some lentil pasta - review to come and they carried some Organic Works Bread which I love!
Overall, it was a great trip to Toronto - I miss all the food options already!