PizzaForno launches automated pizza vending machine in Leslieville

Photo:  PizzaForno

Photo: PizzaForno


Leslieville’s pizza game is on point. We’ve got old school, handcrafted, deep-dish, Neapolitan, Roman-style — heck, even Detroit-style. And now we can add… robot pizza.

Just launched in the east end, PizzaForno is a vending machine/robot/computer/pizzeria hybrid that pumps out fresh pizzas 24/7 at the push of a button.

What a time to be alive.

Robotic arms take the pie from the fridge to an oven where it’s baked at super-high temperatures, boxed and served from a slot — all in under three minutes.

The 12-inch pizzas are pre-made by hand with an approach that includes a romana crust, locally sourced ingredients that are said to be natural and fresh, as well as quality cream-based and tomato sauces. There are four different types to choose from: BBQ chicken, honey with goat cheese, mozzarella cheese, and of course, pepperoni. 

Prices range from $11 to $14 and include tax.

The automated pizza concept, launched in Toronto late last year with three machines, is quickly expanding with another 10 slated to open across the GTA.

Next time you’re foraging for food, you’ve now got the choice for pizza with a side of humans or bots.

PizzaForno is now open at 629 Eastern Ave. Check out for more information.

Farm Boy grocery store now open at Leslie and Lakeshore

Photo:  Farm Boy

Photo: Farm Boy

Farm Boy is now open at Leslie and Lakeshore in Toronto’s east end.

The supermarket has launched, at an already busy intersection for groceries, with farm-fresh produce and organic, natural and locally sourced foods.

The 20,038 sq. ft. location, its second in the GTA, will employ 130 and offers a wide variety of products including butcher-quality meats, artisan cheese, fresh dairy and chef-inspired meals.

The store also features a fast-casual restaurant experience including made-to-order pizzas and fresh sushi. The store will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner with daily features such as grilled paninis, seared Farm Boy sausages and gourmet grilled cheese. Shoppers can take the meals home or dine in the store’s eating area, which will be WiFi enabled.

“Offering healthy, fresh, wholesome foods and friendly service has been the heart and soul of our business since 1981,” Jeff York, Farm Boy co-CEO, said in a statement.

Farm Boy opened its first Toronto store in Etobicoke last March. The supermarket chain currently operates 27 locations in Ontario.

Farm Boy is located at 1015 Lake Shore Blvd. E. Visit for more information.

Tiny Record Shop & Token break in new space with housewarming party

There’s only one way to break in a new space and that’s with a proper housewarming party.

Retail partners Tiny Record Shop and Token carried on the tradition of hosting in-store shows with the first performance in their new location.

Singer-songwriter Lou Canon and musician Mappe Of played songs to warm up the new space, which recently opened at 777 Queen St. E.

Pizza from Blondies and drinks from Leftfield and Brickworks Cider made it all that much better.

If you haven’t yet had a chance, go check out the new location. Or, just read about it.

Photos: Matt Forsythe Photography