Best Pizza in Vancouver 2014? You make the call!

Photo credit: ElfQrin | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: ElfQrin | Wikimedia Commons

It’s said that in polite conversation, you never talk about two things: politics and religion.  To those taboos, I might add a third: pizza.

Few topics stir up as much passion and animosity as the great debate over where to find the best pizza in Vancouver.  Everyone has an opinion and it’s rare to find two pizza fanatics who see eye to eye on the matter (Inside Vancouver’s Tom Taylor recently offered up a newcomer’s take here.)

But I’m hoping to get to the bottom of the great pizza debate right here.  Do you have a favourite pizza restaurant in Vancouver? Let us know by leaving a comment below.  

And, yes, I do realize that this is actually a ridiculously difficult – maybe even unanswerable – question.

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Best Pizza in Vancouver 2014? You make the call!

First Impressions, Part 1: Vancouver’s Pizza

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Hi Vancouver,

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.

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First Impressions, Part 1: Vancouver’s Pizza

Vancouver’s Best Pizzerias Face Off in the 2013 Pizza Challenge

Photo credit: uıɐɾ ʞ ʇɐɯɐs | Flickr

Photo credit: uıɐɾ ʞ ʇɐɯɐs | Flickr

Vancouver’s pizza renaissance is in full swing.  A few years ago, it was hard to find anything other than spongy, bargain-basement pizza-by-the-slice in the city.  These days, however, Vancouverites have their pick of gourmet ‘za, from traditional Neopolitan styles to more inspired creations with a West Coast flair.

Now, the city’s top pizzerias are facing off for the coveted title of Vancouver’s best pizza.  As part of the Vancouver Foodster Best Pizza Challenge, 14 restaurants across the city are offering brand new, over-the-top pizza creations this month.  Options range from white pizzas topped with exotic fruits to fusion creations with albacore tuna.

In the true spirit of pizza, the winner will be determined democratically, by ordinary diners with a smartphone or an Internet connection.  Here’s how it works.  Visit as many of the 14 participating restaurants in Metro Vancouver as you can before July 15 and try out their specialty creations.  Then log onto the Vancouver Foodster page and vote for your favourites.

Here are just a few of the inspired pizzas battling it out this month:

Bianchi con fichi: Gastown’s trendy Nicli Antica Pizzeria offers up this unique white pizza, featuring fresh figs atop a blend of Grana Padano, buffalo mozzarella and gorgonzola cheeses.  Pies are finished with Serrano ham, arugula and balsamic reduction. Nicli Antica Pizzeria; 62 E. Cordova St. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Best Pizzerias Face Off in the 2013 Pizza Challenge

Best Thin-Crust Pizza in Vancouver? You make the call!

Vancouver has earned an impeccable reputation as a culinary capital.  But, until recently, that reputation masked a dark secret: It was really hard to find a decent slice of pizza in this town.

Most pizzerias served up chewy, thick-crusted pies heaped haphazardly with bland cheese and inferior ingredients.  Pizza was treated as cheap fast-food, sold by the slice to busy office workers on lunch break or late-night revelers looking for an after-bar snack.

But how times have changed!  Over the last year, nearly half a dozen pizzerias specializing in authentic Neapolitan-style pizza have opened in Vancouver.  Suddenly, it seems like there are lots of places serving decent pizza.  I’d like to know your favourite.

Do you have a favourite place for thin-crust pizza? Let us know below. 

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Vancouver’s Best Pizza? You make the call

When it come to pizza, Vancouver might not have the storied past of a New York – with its signature big slices  – or a Chicago – with its deep dish bragging rights.  But that doesn’t mean the city is a pizza wasteland.  In fact, owing to Vancouver’s sizable Italian population (plus some unique contributions from its Greek community) good pizza is available all over the city, from mom ‘n’ pop joints on Commercial Drive to erstwhile souvlaki houses on Broadway and fancy Italian bistros downtown.

But what I want to know is where to get great pizza in Vancouver.  Not just a good slice but a phenomenal one.  Any ideas?  Who makes Vancouver’s best pizza?  Pizza that’s so good you’d drive a half-hour out of your way just for a few slices?  If you’d like to nominate a candidate, please leave a comment below with the name of your favorite pizza place and why their pies are so incredible.

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Vancouver’s Best Pizza? You make the call