I'm not sure what in the world has "inspired" the recent overhaul of QMP's menu – but I am none too pleased as an avid, local customer (used to dine 1-2 times/month). My previous 5/5 star rating for this location is now down to a 2 :(
QMP's strength WAS it's authenticity to true Napoletana pizza – from the very important chewy dough/crust to it's traditional toppings. Now, kale? Green olive? Sunflower seeds? Leek? Walnuts? Play with these creative ingredients in the appetizers (now called Snacks, eesh), not the pizzas.
What is the motivation here, the place was always packed, received great reviews, known by pizza lovers – I think they've lost their way trying to be what, a cool/trendy downtown-y spot? Menu sections called Snacks, Market, Kitchen? What happened to Appetizers & Insalata? And worse still the self-indulgent new pizza names – yes I will admit the name of the pizza influences my experience (Tominator, Birdman, JJ Wellington, Chetts, Ash Wednesday??). I feel like I'm reading the pizza section of a sports bar! What is the point of using D.O.P base ingredients & tipo "00" flour with names like this & such aforementioned toppings? My pizza love, you never needed gimmicks before …
I used to talk this location up to all of my friends/family which will now cease until QMP gets back to its roots. I can't believe I'm actually upset … the foodie in me.
I was perfectly willing to drive out even in snowy weather on any night for QMP & have now on multiple occasions chosen to go somewhere down the street instead (so much for my "real" pizza cravings being satisfied). I will in future have to go all the way back to the Danforth (to you know where) or the QMP Leslieville location (which doesn't look like menu has changed), meaning I'll be having great pizza a lot less frequently again due to proximity.
It is possible to be both authentic & trendy … but QMP BWV has gone too far to the right of this spectrum.
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