By LAURA DENNIS
The days of greasy buck-a-slice being the only option are numbered. Recent years have seen an explosion of pizza joints popping up all over town. From stringently traditional to playful twists on the predictable, this is one delicious trend we can sink our teeth into.
BiBo Pizzeria con Cucina
Try authentic to the extreme—buffalo mozzarella, porcini mushrooms, olives, wine, oils and even the chef have been brought over from Italy. Choose from 19 wood-fired pies, including the true test of the style: the Margherita.
• BiBo Pizzeria con Cucina, 1835 W. 4th Ave., 604-568-6177; thebibo.com
The snout-to-tail specialists at Wildebeest are behind this joint so the creativity of the menu is no surprise. House-smoked bacon and clams pair surprisingly well, or try tender oxtail with kale for a rich alternative. Ingredients are seasonally sourced from as close as possible, and some of the flour is produced on Vancouver Island by the owner’s family.
• Bufala, 5395 W. Blvd., 604-267-7499; bufala.ca
A line snaking down the block tells you that you’re in the right place. The room seems to have been built around the striking, blue tiled oven and it delivers. Try mouth-watering combos like prosciutto and fresh arugula. Add a dollop of ricotta for extra creaminess.
• Via Tevere, 1190 Victoria Dr., 604-336-1803; viateverepizzeria.com
Once it’s done, it’s done! This joint makes a certain amount of dough each night and closes up shop after the last tasty pie is devoured. Try a classic Calabrese with olives and soppressata (a dry Italian salami).
• Pizzeria Farina, 915 Main St., 604-681-9334; pizzeriafarina.com
NOVO Pizzeria & Wine Bar
The Italian owner knows the importance of a wood-fired oven—he drilled through three floors of concrete to ensure the proper ventilation. The hard work paid off in decadent pizzas like the one topped with potato, pancetta and gorgonzola.
• NOVO Pizzeria & Wine Bar, 2118 Burrard St., 604-736-2220; novopizzeria.com
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.
Make eating pizza a feel-good experience. Not only are the ingredients local, organic, Ocean Wise and free-range, but the company participates in many local initiatives, including EarthBites—which teaches kids how to grow, harvest and prepare their own snacks. Try the apple-chicken flatbread or drop in on make-your-own-pizza night (for both kids and grown-ups).
• Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co., 4186 Main St., 604-566-9779 & 1876 W. 1st Ave., 604-730-0321.; rockymountainflatbread.ca
Nicli Antica Pizzeria
This sleek space serves true, certified Neapolitan pizza. Try the pesto B.B.T. (basil, bacon and tomato) loaded with basil pesto and house-smoked bacon. There’s history in this Gastown room—the century-old building was a jail and horse stable for the RCMP.
• Nicli Antica Pizzeria, 62 E. Cordova St., 604-669-6985; niclipizzeria.ca