Shalom Life | April 03, 2015

Toronto's Iconic My Zaidy's Bakery Offers Kosher-for-Passover Pizza

It's the first of its kind in the city of Toronto

By: Daniel Koren

Published: April 2nd, 2015 in Culture » Food » News

Toronto's Iconic My Zaidy's Bakery Offers Kosher-for-Passover Pizza

Eating out during Passover can be tough, particularly for those of us who keep kosher. Many kosher restaurants usually close down for the entire holiday, forcing us to cook (with whatever ingredients we can), or just eat matzo and jam.

Of course, there are some creative ways to use matzo - like these phenomenal desserts - or if you add some cheese and tomato sauce, make a matzo pizza! Though it's nowhere near the same thing.

For kosher residents of the Greater Toronto Area, however, there's now a silver lining, and a place for you to eat during the holiday of Passover.

Furthermore, for the first time ever, you can eat ACTUAL pizza (not matzo pizza), without breaking any of the rules.

Last year, the iconic Toronto-based My Zaidy's Bakery, which has been around for fifteen years, introduced their piping hot, kosher-for-Passover pizza, which was well received by this community. This year, they've decided to bring it back, and serve their customers what they want for Pesach.

A pizza enthusiast myself, I spoke to the Bakery's Leora Atia about this new phenomenon, that Jews across the city will surely appreciate during the holidays.

"The inspiration came from my dad Uzi, who decided that we have to change and adapt based on our community's needs and wants," Atia explains. "There is nothing in the city of Toronto, home to a huge Jewish population, in terms of kosher for Passover foods during the chol hamoed. Hot pizza is a first of its kind, which we started offering last year!!!"

The passover bakery is located at the Chabad Gate plaza at 7241 Bathurst Street, right next to My Zaidy's Bakery. Keeping in mind the dietary laws regarding Passover, the Passover bakery is a gluten-free facility totally separated and sealed off, available to the public during Pesach.

The bakery will also be serving cakes, cookies, brownies, muffins, and of course, hot pizza!

"We take great pride in our baking and we love being a part of our customers simchas," says Atia. Something tells me they'll take part in many, many simchas this year.

Check out their Facebook page to learn more.

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