The city gives some great pie at these go-to spots, where crafted dough and curated toppings elevate the slice to something that oozes la dolce vita. Buon appetito!

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Nicli Antica Pizzeria

The first Vancouver pizza joint with VPN cred (designated “Vera Pizza Napoletana” by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana), where the soaring Gastown-brick interior is cool Italia and the pies are SGT (Specialità Tradizionale Garantita—or traditionally produced) with ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes. Pizzaiolo-made pizzas include the sweet-and-savoury Il Bastardo (hello, bacon jam). 62 E Cordova St.

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Via Tevere Pizzeria

Crafting Napoli-style (and VPN-certified) pizza, this family-run room in a heritage building on Victoria Drive (with mural and 1969 Fiat outside) is named after the owners’ dad’s childhood street. Hand-kneaded, fork-mixed and wood-fired dough (vegan, too) is the basis for classics such as quattro formaggi with just-so cornicione (crust edge), libretto centre (foldable) and charring. 1190 Victoria Dr.

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Pizza Carano

A Fraserhood joint with devoted regulars for its pizzas-with-a-twist, from funghi (with truffle oil) and soppressata (with hickory smoked olives) to the more out-there spicy coconut kale pizza (with coconut cream and flakes). As one fanboy reviewer puts it: “Thanks for adding some funk to Fraser Street.” 4241 Fraser St.

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Pizzeria Farina

This tiny, tucked-on-the-edge-of-Chinatown pizzeria’s minimalist decor is a whitewashed backdrop that defers to the northern-Italian-style pizza (made with dough from Canadian wheat that goes through a 72-hour process). There’s a communal table and a butcher-paper menu board with options like “Pistacchio” (mortadella, fior di latte, basil-pistachio pesto…). Come early, before that dough runs out. 915 Main St.

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Corduroy Pie Co.

A hipster-ish wood interior and bar gives this small spot in Cambie Village a laidback pizza-and-beer vibe. And the long-honed iteration of dough, house-cured meats and unexpected ingredients result in combos like the ever-popular bacon-and-Brussels-sprouts. 758 W 16th Ave.