New pizza restaurant, Conzo’s, opened at Bloor and Lansdowne right next to sister restaurant, the classic American-Italian joint Sugo. Sugo owners Alex Wallen and Conor “Conzo” Joerin opened Conzo’s with new team members, Lamine Martindale and Scott Pennock.
Conzo’s had its grand opening on January 28th, 2020. The neighbourhood showed their love and support for the hardworking family that made this new establishment a reality. Conzo’s is meant to be an extension of Sugo -- a place where the positive, inclusive and lively atmosphere can continue to flourish, which Sugo's team has strived hard to maintain since opening.
Co-owners Conor 'aka Conzo' Joerin and Lamine Martindale.
“We know we have become popular with Sugo and we want to use this as a platform to include this new restaurant into the family”, Joerin explains. Joerin, who grew up blocks away from both restaurants adds, “for us, it’s really about the community and the people we touch throughout our lives, it is not just about business, we are truly invested in our neighbourhood”. Since Sugo’s beginning, owners and managers have strived to support members of the community that they grew up in.
The food here does not disappoint. It is exactly what comes to mind when you think of classic American-Italian fare -- comforting, no-frills and undeniably delicious. Fresh salads to start, hot pizzas out of their stone oven, scrumptious meat and chicken dishes that are second to none and a couple of pasta dishes that will leave you smacking your lips.
With fresh pasta supplied from Famiglia Baldassare and a gelato dessert from Bar Ape, Conzo’s demonstrates the importance of collaboration and family among Toronto’s restaurant owners.
Co-owners Conor Joerin and Lamine Martindale explaining the restaurant's dishes.
Walk into the restaurant and you will immediately feel welcomed by every staff member there. You can sense the love that was put into every aspect of the space, from the oven made from bricks taken from Ursula Franklin Academy High School -- where Joerin and Martindale attended -- to the rich homemade sugo sauce used for their pizzas and pasta.
Lansdowne and Bloor is the epicentre of American-Italian cuisine. Add this spot to your list of must-try pizza joints in the city.
Bricks were taken from Ursula Franklin Academy High School -- where Connor Joerin and Lamine Martindale attended -- to build their pizza oven.