Pizzeria Toro serves fine wood-fired pizza in the heart of downtown Durham, making it a great place to eat before seeing a show at The Carolina Theatre or DPAC, or even before catching a legendary Durham Bulls baseball game. I thought the pizza at Pizzeria Toro was fantastic, and the only problem is that I’m not the only one who thinks so. Due to do this and their relatively small dining space, don’t be shocked to have to wait to be seated.
I can assure you their pizza is worth the wait though. I sampled three pizzas at Pizzeria Toro, and was impressed by all of them. The first started as a fairly basic pie with San Marzano tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella, and we added prosciutto to it. Even the simpler version without prosciutto would have been good, but their prosciutto was delicious and definitely took this pizza to another level. One of my fellow diners commented that you could put their prosciutto on dirt, and it would taste good! Still, while I’m sure all of their toppings are very good, I wouldn’t overload this one because the sauce from the San Marzano tomatoes is really excellent, and you don’t want to add too many other flavors that could overpower it.
One of the other pizzas I tasted consisted of spicy lamb meatballs, baby kale, and rustico b.p. This is the first time I have ever had kale, and I didn’t mind it as much as I do some other vegetables on pizza. The last pizza had sweet fennel sausage, roasted peppers, and provolone. Both the spicy lamb meatballs and the sweet fennel sausage on these two pies were very tasty. All three of their pizzas had somewhat soft crusts with limited charring-taste, despite the charring you can see in the photos. I could also taste some saltiness on parts of their crust that was enjoyable. Overall, Pizzeria Toro is worth a visit if you’re in Durham, and they also have some Italian beer and wine if that helps to tip the scales in their favor.
What I Ate: San Marzano Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella, and Prosciutto and Two Others