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Pizza restaurant shut down after drug charges laid
A well-known Toronto pizza joint has been shut down and the owner faces 15 charges for allegedly selling drugs out of his pizzeria.
Police officers descended on Pizza Gigi, at 189 Harbord St., near Bathurst, just after 1:30 a.m. Monday with a search warrant, a day after opening a drug investigation.
Police said they found $1 million worth of marijuana, half an ounce of crack cocaine, MDMA, Oxycocet and OxyContin inside.
Owner Salvatore Crimi, 57, faces charges including traffic in marijuana, possession of cocaine, and possession of a controlled substance.
Pizza Gigi has been operating in the same location for more than 30 years and has built up a reputation as one of the best pizza places in Toronto. It was voted as one of NOW magazine’s Top 5 pizza places in Toronto, despite a sparse decor that consists of little more than a dying palm tree.
Andrew Graham had been a customer at Pizza Gigi for the last 15 years, and said he got a slice about three times a month. “They are the best pizzeria in the city hands down,” he said, adding he was in denial that they were closed.
Graham, 30, a DJ and producer, was at Pizza Gigi for a slice of Sicilian vegetarian around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, taking a late night break between parties. When “Sammy,” as Crimi was known by customers, saw him at the back of a line of about 15 people, he took Graham’s order first.
“They appreciated loyal customers,” Graham said.
Pizza Gigi is located across the street from Central Technical School and is also popular with University of Toronto students.
Several Pizza Gigi enthusiasts were lamenting the loss of the restaurant on Twitter. A few even started the hash tag, #WasThatReallyOreganoOnMyPizza?
According to Pizza Gigi’s corporation records, their business name expired on Jan. 1. 2011. Businesses have 60 days to renew a name, once it is expired.
Crimi has owned the property where Pizza Gigi stands since 1987.