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The lowdown on the finest slices around town.
The city channels Italy and gives some greatpie at these go-to spots, where crafted dough and curated toppings elevate theslice to something that oozes la dolce vita. Buon appetito!
This tiny, tucked-in-the-Downtown-Eastsidepizzeria’s minimalist decor (with a wall-mounted Pinarello Pista bike) is awhitewashed backdrop that defers to the northern-Italian-style pizza (made withdough from Canadian wheat that goes through a 72-hour process). There’s acommunal table and a butcher-paper menu board with options like “Pistacchio”(mortadella, fior di latte, basil-pistachio pesto…). Come early, before that doughruns out.
915 Main St., pizzeriafarina.com
The first Vancouver pizzajoint with VPN cred (designated Vera Pizza Napoletana by the AssociazioneVerace Pizza Napoletana), where the soaring Gastown-brick interior is coolItalia and the pies are SGT (SpecialitàTradizionale Garantita) withingredients like San Marzano tomatoes. Pizzaiolo-madepizze include the sweet-and-savouryIl Bastardo (hello, bacon jam).
62 E Cordova St., niclipizzeria.com
Also crafting Napoli-style (and VPN-certified)pizza, this family-run room in a heritage building on Victoria Drive (with muraland 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 quattroformaggi with just-so cornicione (crust edge), librettocentre (foldable) and charring.
1190 Victoria Dr., viateverepizzeria.com
A Fraserhood joint with devoted regulars for itspizzas-with-a-twist, from funghi (with truffle oil) and soppressata (with hickory smoked olives) to the more out-therespicy coconut kale pizza (with coconutcream and flakes). As one fanboy reviewer puts it: “Thanks for adding some funk to Fraser Street.”
4241 Fraser St., pizzacarano.com
A hipster-ish wood interior and bar gives thissmall spot in Cambie Village a laidback pizza-and-beer vibe. And the long-honediteration of dough, house-cured meats and unexpected ingredients result incombos like the ever-popular bacon-and-Brussels-sprouts.
758 W 16th Ave., corduroypie.com