I was selected by Vancouver Foodster as a media judge of his pizza challenge! It was indeed quite a challenge for me to taste 12 different pizzas at 12 different restaurants all over the Lower Mainland – Vancouver, North Vancouver, Horseshoe Bay, Port Moody and Fort Langley, within only 3 weeks. But it was such a fun adventure. Pizza, considered as a simple comfort food by many, has become one of Vancouver’s gourmet food trends. The level of craftsmanship and creativity among the talented pizzaiolos is just remarkable! Besides honouring the traditions of the craft, innovative twists and quality ingredients are the keys to the competition as well. I had to score each pizza based on their taste, presentation and originality.
I produced a little video on this journey. If you enjoy it, please LIKE it and SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel!
Here are the 12 pizzas I tasted:
Bay Moorings Restaurant
6330 Bay Street, Horseshoe Bay
Tel: (604) 921-8184
Caffe Mangia Pizzeria
2211 Manitoba Street, Vancouver
Spacca Napoli Pizzeria
2801 St Johns Street, Port Moody
Tel: (604) 939-5800
Hearthstone Brewery Tap & Forno
1015 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Tel: (604) 984-1842
Price: S- $15.25 M- $19.5 L- $22.25
Created by: George and Peter Kerasiotis
Ingredients: Marinara sauce, Edam cheese, mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, olives
3205 West Broadway, Vancouver
Tel: (604) 732-5334
“Patate E Pipi”
Created by: Chef Luca Carbone, 15-Year Old Pizzaiolo, at Mangia e Scappa
Description/Ingredients: Tomato-Infused Wheat and Tipo 00 Crust, A Foundation of Creamy Sauce Topped with Thinly Shaved Potatoes, Fire-Roasted Red Peppers, Fontina, Garlic Confit, Bonetti’s Pancetta and Mangia e Scappa’s Handmade Fresh Cheese using owner Giulia Carbone’s Family Recipe. This Pizza is Dedicated to Nonna After her Favourite Dish from Calabria, Italy.
Mangia e Scappa Italian Foods
23238 Mavis Ave, Fort Langley
Twitter: @mangiaescappaifInstagram: @mangiaescappaif
Price: 10? $12.00 and $17? $23.00
Created by: Chef Paul Teixeira
Description: with smoked pancetta, bocconcini, garlic, pepper, egg, parsley.
2996 E. 22nd Avenue, Vancouver
“The Luca Brasi”
Created by: Executive Chef Jeff Szombaty & Jo Ong
Description: house smoked mozzarella, San Marzano tomato, Italian fennel sausage, roasted onion, broccoli rabe, aged balsamico
Grain Tasting Bar
655 Burrard Street, Vancouver
“Chorizo Salami & Thyme Chili Honey”
Created by: Novo Pizza team
Description: fresh mozzarella, basil, smoked provolone, ricotta di bufala
2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Tel: (604) 736-2220
Primavera translates springtime. It’s our take on a spring inspired pizza. A long awaited spring!
Created by: Sean & Azin Etesami
Ingredients: olive tapenade, caramelized fennel, sautéed onion, rosemary roasted potatoes, toasted almonds, & aged mozzarella topped with feta, fennel fronds & pomegranate.
115 W 15th Street, North Vancouver
Price: 14” $16.75, 18” $22.50, Slice $2.50
Created by: Pizza Chef Özkan Kocao?lu
Description: Alfredo Sauce, Mozzarella, Fior di Latte, Grana Padano, Spinach, Caramelized Onions, Ricotta Cheese.
4464 Beresford Street, Burnaby
Tel: (604) 566-2026
Price: $16 for whole pizza pie, Slice is available for $2
Created by: Pizza Chef: Ahmet Bulut
Description: Alfredo Sauce, Mozzarella, Italian Cheese Blend, Mushroom, Steak, Green Pepper, Caramelized Onions.
1005 Granville Street, Vancouver
And the winners are…
Please watch my YouTube video to find out!!! Please don’t forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE if you enjoy the post and the video!