Brooklyn-style pizza restaurant open in downtown Hamilton


Published February 15, 2023 at 8:16 pm

The pizza market in Hamilton is competitive, and a new contender is in their corner sliding pies into the oven.

Tony G’s Pizzeria, offering Brooklyn-style pizza and creations such as the O-G Hammer-Town Deluxe and Hawaii Five-O, opened earlier this month at 30 John St. N., at King William St., at the intersection which also includes the John St. Diner and Lulu’s Shawarma. The restaurant reported selling out its entire stock of 260 pizzas on its first Saturday in business.

A hangry, or just regular hungry Hamiltonian can stop in for a pizza to feed a few people, or a slice on to go. Tony G’s will also add wings to its menu next week.

The signature element in Brooklyn-style pizza is a thin, crispy crust, but Tony G’s does not appear to be at risk of being spread too thin by an exhaustive menu. The eight pie options it is offering fit on one laminated sheet tacked up in the front window. The O-G Hammertown Deluxe, incidentally, is made with pepperoni, Italian sausage, green pepper, sauté cremini mushrooms and sweet red onions before being finished with Pecorino Romano, the hard Italian cheese made wholly from sheep’s milk. (Pecorino Romano is also used on Tony G’s salami-topped Calabresee, while three other pies are made with the sharply flavoured Grana Padano.)

The plan at Tony G’s is to serve food from Tuesday-to-Saturday. On Instagram (@tonygs_pizzeria), hours are listed as 3 till 10 p.m. on the weeknights that Tony G’s is open, and 3 till 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Telephone orders may be placed at 905-524-1010.

That southeast corner of John and King William had been vacant for around 19 months. A Mediterranean restaurant, Greek Palace, was a popular spot at that corner until the summer of 2021. The combination of health protections during the COVID-19 pandemic that limited indoor dining and road construction factored into Greek Palace moving to Rymal Road that July.

(Photo: @tonygs_pizzeria.)

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