My name is Tom. I’m new in town.
I just moved here from my hometown of Ottawa. It was a bit of leap of faith because I’d never been to BC before, but it’s all paid off. You see, I’ve already fallen in love with your city.
Vancouver has a lot going for it: the ocean, a bustling downtown, a solid hockey team, and more. But as I clumsily learn my way through its neighbourhoods—all unfamiliar to me—I’m learning that there is so much more to this city than the obvious. As a Vancouver newbie, I’m finding that even the city’s ordinary is excellent. Even the mundane is thrilling. Yes, Vancouver, with my fresh set of eyes, I’m here to remind you to appreciate the little things—the lovely little things—because your city is full of them.
Case in point? Your pizza. Vancouver, as I’ve been thrilled to discover, is a slice of heaven.
I’ve always said that it’s hard to mess up pizza. Even bad pizza is good. But that doesn’t mean some pizza joints aren’t better than others. In every city, when it comes to pizza places, there are the good, and there are the amazing. But here’s the good news: having lived in Ottawa and Halifax, and being very familiar with Toronto and Montreal, I feel quite qualified to say that Vancouver has the best pizza in Canada.
Sure, you’ve got your share of the franchise favourites. Within your city limits are a handful of the usual staples—several Pizza Huts, a number of Dominos locations. In Vancouver, however, these restaurants are hopelessly outnumbered by a bevy of local chains. There’s Megabite. There’s 4 Brothers. There’s Freshslice. There’s a plethora of Ma and Pa shops like Commercial Drive’s Fire Pizza. There is, in this mouth-watering metropolis, a lot of pizza. And it’s all delicious. At each of the spots I’ve sampled, the crust finds the perfect balance between crispy and doughy. The toppings are fresh and original. The pizza, quite simply, is very, very good. You can take my word for it; I eat a lot of pizza.
For pizza pundits, the good news doesn’t end there. In Vancouver, the pizza isn’t just tasty, it’s also cheap. When I told a friend from Ottawa that in my new city, you can get a delicious, generously-sized slice for $1.25 every Tuesday (I’m looking at you, Freshslice), he didn’t believe me. I can’t blame him. In Eastern Canada, prices that good would cause cities to shut down—there’d be panic at the Parliament Buildings, chaos under the CN Tower, bedlam by the Biodome! I must admit, if I had known Vancouver had such scrumptious and affordable pizza, I would have headed west much sooner. This city is a pizza lover’s dream.
The moral of this newcomer’s story? Appreciate what you’ve got, Vancouverites. Not just Stanley Park and the Canucks, but all the little things that make your city so wonderfully unique. Every day, I’m overwhelmed by the small, but splendid details of this awesome city. I may have just arrived, but I’m already thrilled to be able to call Vancouver home.