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Pizzeria Toro

4.6

105 E Chapel Hill St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 908-6936
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Photo of Alice Frederich Alice Frederich
Feb 7, 2022 5

My favorite restaurant for pizza! The Meyer lemon pizza (seasonal) is amazing. Also, the spicy lamb meatball is outstanding. The Tuscan kale salad is my go-to starter. Warm and cozy atmosphere, good customer service and quality food. Always consistent.

Photo of Sydney Loy Ochoa Sydney Loy Ochoa
Jan 18, 2022 5

Amazing! We showed up for an early dinner on a Tuesday and had a blast. We got a table right away and were lucky enough to sit close to the pizza oven to feel the heat and smell the wonderful smells the whole time. We tried 4 different pies and they were all perfect, the pepperoni, fennel sausage, bacon & arugula, and the special (which involved mustard greens and prosciutto, what’s not to love about that). The chili oil on top was an added bonus. Highly recommend this place!!

Photo of Sean LaFata Sean LaFata
Mar 3, 2022 5

Pizzaria Toro loves up to the hype. The pigs ears are delicious and their unique selection of personal-sizes pizzas are all wonderful. Definitely a great place to eat if you want to take a familiar food like pizza and then step it outside the usual comfort zone it occupies.

Photo of Madeline Kharma Munhall Madeline Kharma Munhall
Mar 13, 2022 3

Food was phenomenal, but- they require proof of vaccine then seat you in either a shared table with another party, or on a half booth/half table that is so close together, you have to squeeze out and have no privacy or space. There were no individual tables, everything is extremely close together. They automatically put a 20% tip on your bill regardless of satisfaction of service. The food was great but not great enough to deal with the dine-in setting and forced tip! And apparently there’s a fee to order online, so …! That stinks.

Photo of Jonah Bishop Jonah Bishop
Jan 23, 2022 5

Terrific wood-fired pizza! My wife and I ate here during a recent snow event, as they were one of the few places open. We're glad we visited: the food was great. Their drinks are delicious as well. Nice ambience, suitable for a date or for getting together with family or friends. Highly recommended!

Photo of rana ryan rana ryan
Dec 16, 2020 5

Fun place, great food, excellent service and the Owner/Chef just won on Food Network TV show Chopped. Each one was amazing! I had never had potatoes on a pizza before and probably would not have tried it without her guidance. The pizza was so good we decided to have dessert. I had the zeppole - much like a beignet. So good.

Photo of Chris Smith Chris Smith
Dec 16, 2020 5

My wife isn’t big on pizza but this place changed her mind! Any time we are in Durham she asks to come here and I won’t ever say no lol drinks are great, pizza is good. They are on the smaller side so you don’t have to be scared to order your own each, but if you get an appetizer and pizza to share it was perfect to not get a “stuffed” feeling but satisfying full. Highly recommend for anyone.

Photo of Adam Ezell Adam Ezell
Dec 5, 2020 3

Really disagree with their philosophy dealing with takeout. They only let you place an order with a single app that no one uses, chownow, and don’t take phone calls in any fashion. I understand making decisions for the sake of efficiency, but they are doing so at the expense of the customer. Great food. Hope management makes an adjustment.

Photo of Ross Twiddy Ross Twiddy
Nov 9, 2020 5

This was really impressive Pizza! Unique selection of ingredients and they work really well together. Even the thinly sliced ham as an appetizer was outstanding. We all loved what we got and will come back here again soon.

Photo of Bonnie Batterson Bonnie Batterson
Oct 8, 2020 5

Fun place, great food, excellent service and the Owner/Chef just won on Food Network TV show Chopped. Each one was amazing! I had never had potatoes on a pizza before and probably would not have tried it without her guidance. The pizza was so good we decided to have dessert.

Photo of Keshia Williams Keshia Williams
Oct 2, 2020 5

Listen. I’d cross heaven, hell, and everything in between to get to Pizzeria Toro. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m in a committed love affair with their pizza. I could sit here for hours and gush about their amazing crust...instead, I’ll just implore you to try it for yourself. The food and atmosphere are great and I love the staff! I look forward to sitting inside the restaurant again and getting their pizzas straight from the oven (it’s really the best way!). In the meantime, I’ll do what I can to support via carryout.

Photo of Arthur Gribensk Arthur Gribensk
Sep 27, 2020 5

Pizza is the best in the triangle--Wood-fired with a continuously changing menu. And both fantastic vegetarian and meat-eater options.

Photo of aleah morrison aleah morrison
Sep 23, 2020 5

Pizza is absolutely delicious with great toppings.Their COVID 19 curbside pickup is perfect. Best place in durham!!!!

Photo of Katherine W Katherine W
Sep 5, 2020 5

I eat a lot of pizza, from a lot of different places. Emphasis on "a lot." Pizzeria Toro is my favorite. Their sauce is flavorful, their cheese is fresh, the crust is a perfect Neapolitan style. And really the cherry top is the olive oil and sea salt their sprinkle on top when the pizza comes out of the oven. Their tiramisu is also divine. Wish I lived closer by so I could enjoy more often, and cannot recommend enough!

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 3, 2020 5

Really enjoyed our salad and Pizza. Portions are on the lighter side, but, the Pizza itself is well prepared and the ingredients are fresh. Seating area style was communal and a little tight, but our neighbors on both sides were fun, so we had a good time. Menu was an impressive mix of greens.

Photo of Wesley Hayward Wesley Hayward
Aug 25, 2020 3

Toros profit margins must be INSANE. Volume/price is not worth it for a saggy slice.

Photo of Blaine Ashby Blaine Ashby
Aug 19, 2020 5

The. Best. Pizza. In. North. Carolina. Bar. None. Period!!! Superior dough. It's all about the crust and the burn!! You can tell these ppl are from Brooklyn and know how to make a REAL pizza. Oven fired so you get little burn spots which we love. If you like chain wimpy pizzas you won't want to bother to go here Lamb Meatball PizzaMargherita PizzaBurrata

Photo of Katrina Vacca Katrina Vacca
Jul 23, 2020 5

ahhhh what would Durham be without Pizzeria Toro!?!?! Toro is the BEST. Their pizza is definitely not as enjoyable to go as it is fresh out of the fire as you would when you eat in person but gotta take what you can get during this tough time in all of our lives!!

Photo of Calvin Morris Calvin Morris
Aug 2, 2020 5

Their COVID 19 curbside pickup is perfect. Pizza is absolutely delicious with great toppings. Will be returning here soon.

Photo of Julia Münchberg Julia Münchberg
Nov 2, 2020 5

Sometimes some of these "independent" pizza places taste no different from your standard Papa John's chain, but Pizzeria Toro clearly has done the work to separate themselves from your average $20 pie. The flavors are clean and well thought-out, the textures cooked to perfection, and the dim-lit ambiance shows thoughtful curation.

Photo of tisha wms tisha wms
Jul 6, 2020 3

Don’t eat here just saw on wral news here in durham nc they had to close do to a worker testing positive for corona virus

Photo of William Archambault William Archambault
May 24, 2020 5

Best pizza hands down. They are not your normal everyday pizza but rather chef inspired. Love to go as often as I can.

Photo of Andrew Bacon Andrew Bacon
Nov 21, 2019 5

An absolute gem of a place. Beautifully decorated, with the wood-fire pizza oven rightfully center staged. The drink menu is on point; a good selection of beers as well as some quite creative cocktails. The 'big trouble in little cynar' is delicious. The green pizza is lamb meatballs with kale. Both the lamb and the kale were done perfectly, the kale was crispy but still moist, the meatballs tender and flavorful. The white pizza is grilled squash and gorgonzola, God's gift to cheese nerds. The squash is done perfectly, grilled but still firm, and the cheese melts to a synergy with the sweetness of the squash that makes it just amazing. For both pizzas, the crust was perfect. Consistent in color and texture, with the added surprise of a dash of kosher salt to dial up the flavor. At dinner time, there is a bit of a wait; they do not accept reservations. Seating is mostly communal; large tables that seat 6 or more are the norm. If that is a normal concern of yours, it is quickly assuaged by the first dish that arrives to the table, and the ensuing food envy that will inevitably follow.

Photo of Fraser League Fraser League
Mar 6, 2020 5

Incredible pizza!!! This is authentic italian pizza. The crust is light, flavorful, chewy in one bite and crisp in the next. Never have I had such perfectly cooked pizza. We tried the margarita, the soft egg pizza with arugula and the mushroom pizza with white sauce and garlic. All three were delicious but the egg pizza was possibly the best pizza I've ever had. I only make it to the Durham Chapel Hill area a few times a year but I will definitely be back to get another egg pie!!!

Photo of Charles Anderson Charles Anderson
Mar 21, 2020 5

This place gets quite packed on the weekends, but somehow the service keeps up. Very tasty wood fired pizzas, excellent salads and a very hip wine list. I generally order a meat pizza, and then spend the rest of the time jealous of my wife's vegetarian one. I had the focaccia once for lunch. It was superb.

Photo of Lanie Dobson Lanie Dobson
Feb 21, 2020 5

Specialty pizzas that were fantastic! Wait staff personable and friendly. Very popular so expect crowds and some delays but really great food, beer and cocktails. Try the jalapeno margarita for an unexpected (but GOOD) kick!

Photo of Billy Z Billy Z
Jul 29, 2019 5

This was one of the best pizzas I've ever had. I'd put Toro and Pizzeria Mercato at the pinnacle in the area. Their desserts were also fantastic, not too heavy but very flavorful and delightful. Will definitely stop by in the future

Photo of Kerry C Kerry C
Feb 22, 2020 5

Wonderful experience. I highly recommend the ricotta dumplings, especially to any vegetarian. We got a pizza to-go, and it was still absolutely incredible the next day.

Photo of Nathan Lowe Nathan Lowe
Jan 1, 2020 5

Surprisingly good cocktails. We got the Holiday special 🙌 Pizza was 🔥 Be sure to pour on some of their in-house red pepper oil. Friendly service with a unique environment.

Photo of Jen Fuchs Jen Fuchs
Nov 17, 2019 4

Pizza was delicious (house made sausage and wood fired). Prices are a bit steep ($16-18 per pizza) and the pizza is 6 slices and thin (enough to split if you're not super hungry). Ambience is cool - they have the oven in plain view, but it's loud and the staff is NOT friendly, especially the hostess, who was very abrupt and never smiled. She refused to seat us even though the 4th in our party was within view until he walked through the door and she never smiled the whole time. I'm willing to pay more for wood fired pizza but not if it comes with rude service and sour looks.

Photo of Bhavish Malkani Bhavish Malkani
Nov 14, 2019 4

Pizza is good. let's get that out of the way. The food is solid her.e The loss of 1 star is due to how they handled my group a few weeks ago. We had a group of 6 people coming, and 4 were already there. the other 2 people were parking and on their way over to the restaurant. We were told when we got there that we needed the full party to be seated - that's fine with us, so we waited. As we learned our 2 friends were parking and walking over, we asked if we could start to get seated since they were walking over. There were about 15-20 seats open and it was fairly late, but the hostess told me that the rules are rules and that they don't seat anyone before their full party is there under any circumstances. So the front section of the restaurant was to remain half empty while we stood at the front door to wait. They did offer us a table spot in the back by the bar, which was first come first serve, so we ended up going to the back room to sit, and our friends showed up a few moments later. I understand the rules, but if there's no purpose to the rule, then enforcing it seems useless to me.

Photo of Sheila Sanders Sheila Sanders
Nov 11, 2019 5

We were visiting my daughter and family in NC and they took us to their favorite pizza in Durham by the name of Pizza Toro. We’re from California as is she. They’ve lived there about 4 months and my daughter discovered it while attending the nursing program at Duke. Seriously, they make the best pizza I’ve ever had and I’ve had a wide variation throughout Ca during my life. WONDERFUL!!! I keep telling all my friends what a gem you are. First time in 18 years my husband ordered a non-pepperoni pizza. They don’t even carry pepperoni and he loved his choice. I’ve been trying to see if there is any info online as to how they make their dough. Keep up the good work guys, I sure wish you’d open up out here.

Photo of James Lescott James Lescott
Jan 2, 2020 5

I'm gonna be that guy who name drops Frank Pepe's in New Haven CT, and mentions he is from the pizza belt. This is pizza is effing amazing. Lamb meatball pizza=mind blown. Thank you for existing. Thank you for cooking your pizza properly.

Photo of Taylor Jones Taylor Jones
Dec 30, 2019 5

My family and I say right near the pizza oven, feeling the heat and smelling all the great flavors of some seriously delicious pizza. The service was great, friendly and helpful. Great for kids and large groups.

Photo of Chandler Younts Chandler Younts
Dec 23, 2019 5

Great pizza, and overall great restaurant vibe. Feels like a very upscale pizza place, but at a decent price! I love the vibe of the restaurant, and even though it is a small space, it does not feel overly cramped! I also enjoyed that you can see the whole kitchen, with the fire wood oven, making your pizzas!

Photo of Matt Baldwin Matt Baldwin
Nov 20, 2019 5

Hands down the best pizza in the triangle. I’ve never had a bad experience there. My European colleagues and I always end up here when they’re traveling. The pizza is next level, the portions are perfect and the atmosphere is relaxed and easy-going. Pro-tip: they will not seat your group unless everyone in your group is physically at the restaurant. Make sure everyone is there before you ask to be seated.

Photo of Posia S. Posia S.
Sep 5, 2019 5

The pizza is delicious! The place also looks adorable inside with gorgeous windows! My dad enjoyed the pizza so much and he isn’t a huge pizza fan! We had a great dinner

Photo of Elchanan Solomon Elchanan Solomon
Sep 2, 2019 5

Fantastic pizza. The bread is the star, very flavorful with great texture. Creative and well executed toppings, with a number of solid vegetarian options. I'll be back. (Only minor complaint: it's loud inside)

Photo of Dominque Gaston Dominque Gaston
Oct 7, 2019 5

Absolutely amazing!!! I ordered their vegan pizza with eggplant, mushroom and kale. My server said she was a little worried when I added the mushroom and kale but it came out wonderfully! Definitely give this place a try if you're in the area and looking for a vegan pizza fix!

Photo of Ellie Cardenal Ellie Cardenal
Oct 8, 2019 5

I don't think place needs another great review, but I'll give one anyway. We arrived relatively early on a weekend and it was busy, but we waited no more than 20 minutes for a two-top. Started with the kale salad which was fantastic, perfect balance of fat, acid and spice. Burrata was eh. There was so much oil on the plate and the accompanying items lacked flavor or contrast. We got the tomato and buffalo pizza and added basil as many do. Fantastic. I love that they don't shy away from the char. Then the potato pizza! Cant remember the exact name but lord have mercy on my soul. Mouth watering just thinking about it. The potatoes were thinly sliced, but still creamy. It wasn't a sauced pizza, just oil, cheese and anchovies. Every component was skillfully executed. Give them you business.

Photo of Joe Olejar Joe Olejar
Sep 19, 2019 5

We started with the dumplings with local corn. Be prepared for a few minutes of heaven! They are so satisfying to the taste buds that we will go back for just those. T pizzas are equal to the appetizers. Wood fired, thin crust and artfully covered with surprisingly good, creative combinations of ingredients. The wine list is also second to none. Prices are in keeping with the excellent quality of the offerings.

Photo of Rob Vogel Rob Vogel
Jul 23, 2019 5

This place serves tasty pizzas that have a strong veggie presence. They have a crisp crust and don't let the toppings make the pizza soggy. Good wine selection. One of my favorite take out sources, but dine-in is also great Also pumped to be the 1,000th review!

Photo of Millie Kwan Millie Kwan
Aug 3, 2019 5

This pizzeria is great! At my initial visit we went with our vegetarian friends and while I thought the pies were very good I was not really impressed with the flavor combinations. I am biased having moved back to NC after a 5 year stint in Philly where the neighborhood pizzeria has a wood fired oven... well the second trip here was well worth the wait and truly delicious. Loved the crispy pig ears which is essentially porky fries so don't be afraid and order without hesitating. The clam pie was good but a little overcooked as the clams have to open so that cook time needs to be tweaked. Otherwise the radicchio salad was delicious as was the special pie with green olives, ricotta, prosciutto and red sauce. Also good wine, beer and liquor selections.

Photo of Natalia Ferreira Natalia Ferreira
Jul 31, 2019 4

Nice atmosphere and dessert was SO GOOD, but I was slightly disappointed with the pizza. It tasted good but the burnt taste got in the way around some edges of the crust. Plus, they don’t have pepperoni as a topping option which is a pizzeria staple. Meatballs were a delicious substitute though!

Photo of Shera Osborne Shera Osborne
Jul 10, 2019 5

Nice local pizza place with a good selection of specialty pies. We had one on menu and one special pizza - both delicious. Appetizer selection also quite varied, which is nice to see! Loved that they have "Mexican" coke.

Photo of Casey Carder Casey Carder
Aug 2, 2019 5

This is quite the pizzeria. The pizza is wood fire baked and practically has next to no grease dripping from it. Allows you to enjoy the flavor of the pizza and not grease. Although it can be loud here, certainly adds to the atmosphere. Just overall a pleasant and wonderful experience! Oh, and Artuoro did a phenomenal job of checking up on me. Thanks again!

Photo of Jim Foster Jim Foster
Jun 21, 2019 5

First time here -- this was one of the best dining experiences of my life. Quality of ingredients, presentation, service, selection, ambience, Pizzeria Toro has at it all. This place has ruined cheap pizza delivery for me.

Photo of Guy Guy
Jun 25, 2019 5

Incredible Pizzeria! We loved EVERYTHING that we had. Was in town for a concert at DPAC and a friend highly recommended this place. Can't wait to return! Pictured is the Ricotta Dumplings.

Photo of Boilermaker Devil Boilermaker Devil
Jul 6, 2019 5

One of my favorite places in Durham. The San Marzano with prosciutto added is my go-to. The summer squash white pizza is also incredible. I’ve had pizza from all over NY and find this place to be in good competition with the best in the Big Apple! The only negative thing I would say is that the appetizers are all quite small and overpriced. Not really worth it if you have a sizable pizza coming out for each person.

Photo of Glenn Ricart Glenn Ricart
Mar 8, 2019 5

Beautifully charred wood oven fired gourmet pizzas. Inventive and tasteful salads. Almost always a wait. Very popular. They drizzle on a little rock salt before serving. I like mine "no salt". Interesting selection of beer and hard cider.

Photo of Mugdha Polimera Mugdha Polimera
Jun 15, 2019 5

The food is absolutely delicious! And in true European flair, they have bottles of Chilli oil on every table that makes all the pizzas taste a thousand times better. The staff is very polite and knowledgeable. The only ding in the experience would be that the place was too noisy... But the Broccolini pizza made up for it!

Photo of Gwen Silver Gwen Silver
Mar 23, 2019 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Durham. Consistently awesome food- desserts included, great wine list and relaxed atmosphere. No reservations, first come first served, so go early. This is our go-to for special occasions. Both grown ups and kids love it!

Photo of Eladio Bobadilla Eladio Bobadilla
Apr 29, 2019 3

At one point, I would have said this is the best pizza place in Durham. But over the past years, the quality has tanked. It's almost as though the more popular it got, the more hipster the atmosphere, the less the the restaurant focused on the pizza. I have been a few times in the last year, and each time, it's been a huge disappointment: extremely salty crusts, flat flavors, and disappointing toppings. Certainly, for what you expect to pay, the quality is a huge letdown. From five stars a few years ago, down to three today.

Photo of Sarah Rains Sarah Rains
Mar 22, 2019 5

This place is really good. Superb actually! I love their flavor combinations on pizzas, the wine selection is amazing and the staff are so friendly and knowledgeable. The giant wood fired oven makes the ambiance just right too. You won’t be disappointed!

Photo of Dan D Dan D
Apr 24, 2022 5

Friendly staff. This place is packed tight which makes me feel all the better about requiring proof of vaccination to attend. Food and drink was delicious. Pizza is one size but easy to share. Staff is knowledgeable on the items and you can see the pizza oven from anywhere in the place.

Photo of Maximilian Goolsbey Maximilian Goolsbey
Nov 24, 2021 5

The food here came so much quicker than I had expected and the people were all so nice! The servers name was Lisa and she was so sweet! Cool atmosphere and great food, highly recommend!!

Photo of Stefan Russell Stefan Russell
Mar 15, 2022 5

From Naples to Milan to Venice, then Los Angeles, New York City… Durham. Impressive to say the least. Atmosphere, drinks, pizza, all excellent and comparable to the best I’ve had. Thank you!

Photo of Scott Kleist Scott Kleist
Jun 22, 2022 5

Favorite pizza place in Durham hands down. Make sure to get their pizza that uses their fennel sausage. The kale salad is simple and a great light starter while you wait for your pizza. I love getting their spicy oil too and drench the crust with it. Yum! I'm getting hungry and might need to go back tonight. Bar seating is around back and one of our favorite spots at here.

Photo of Aron Gonzalez Aron Gonzalez
Jul 14, 2022 5

The wood oven baked pizza was really good. I recommend Starting with the Ricotta Dumplings and the Charred Broccolini. The Buffalo Mozzarella is a good choice for pizza. You definitely need to leave some room for dessert. The Fried to order Zeppole (taste like a warm freshly made airy donut) and Cappuccino are perfect together.

Photo of Audrey Sestak Audrey Sestak
Aug 1, 2022 5

This was so good. We had an app, pizza, and their homemade lemoncello. Staff were nice and helpful. And, they’re open later than most places on a Sunday. 10/10! Keep doing what you’re doing.

Photo of Devbrat Srivastava Devbrat Srivastava
Aug 29, 2022 5

Upscale dining experience with very reasonably priced food! The Shiitake Mushroom Pizza and the Soft Egg pizza were delicious! As for dessert, we got all 3 desserts they serve. Each one better than the other. Highly recommended as either a date place or a group-of-6 dining experience.

Photo of Alexa McPeak Alexa McPeak
Jul 11, 2022 5

Fav pizza place in town that’s a step up from your normal casual pizzeria. This is more of a date night spot with good cocktails, nice wine and incredible apps/salads. They have a nice bar and you can see into the kitchen, a cool spot for sure. We take all our out of town guests here. Make sure your get the chili oil and shredded Parmesan for your pizza! Can’t recommend this place enough. Beet and Durham salads are both amazing. Proof of Vaccinations required, FYI. Only complaint is communal tables, which kind of kills the step up feeling of a date night when you’re closer to strangers than your friends.

Photo of Lisa Jeffries Lisa Jeffries
Mar 27, 2022 5

Not a bad seat in the house here! We sat in the bar today but every time I have visited we have enjoyed tremendous hospitality alongside very well prepared food, including pizzas with a nice variety of toppings, even Meyer Lemon. Save room for dessert, you must have the Budino!

Photo of Alice Frederich Alice Frederich
Jun 4, 2022 5

My favorite restaurant for pizza! The Meyer lemon pizza (seasonal) is amazing. Also, the spicy lamb meatball is outstanding. The Tuscan kale salad is my go-to starter. Get a cappuccino for dessert- it comes with a rock candy lollipop! Warm and cozy atmosphere, good customer service and quality food. Always consistent.