24 must-try pizza places in Vancouver

Feb 8 2017, 11:27 pm

It’s Pizza Week at Daily Hive Vancouver! Any way you slice it, we’ll have you covered from breakfast to dessert and every kind of pizza in between.

Pizza can be a divisive issue. Thin crust or thick. Meat-loaded or vegetarian. Big giant slices you pick up by hand, or tackling it with a knife and fork. Come on, you know it: YOUR pizza place is the the best. Still, there may be pizza pies out there you haven’t tried in Vancouver, or maybe you are a pizza tabula rasa and need a starting point.

Forgetting more of the big global chains in favour of some locally-sourced efforts, here are 24 must-try pizza places in Vancouver. Debate away. We’ll bring the wine.

1. Via Tevere Pizzeria

Photo courtesy of Via Tevere Pizzeria

Photo courtesy Via Tevere Pizzeria

Embracing the methods of Neapolitan pizza-making, Via Tevere dishes up an excellent selection perfectly charred pizza, which boast a wonderfully tender centre and a crisp crust. Featuring vibrant veggies and quality meats, Via Tevere’s toppings include Quattro Formaggi (four cheese) and Prosciutto e Funghi (prosciutto and mushroom). You can also hunt down the Via Tevere food truck for grabbing your pizza on the go.

Address: 1190 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Instagram: @viateverepizza

2. Nicli Antica Pizzeria

This modern Gastown pizzeria serves up delicious, certified Neapolitan-style pizza. The pies at Nicli’s are so authentic, they actually come whole, arriving at the table uncut, so not to compromise the soft centre and toppings. Handmade and baked in a wood-fire oven, Nicli’s pizzas are presented with a perfectly charred crust and topped with the seasons freshest, local ingredients.

Address: 62 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @niclipizzeria

3. Uncle Fatih’s Pizza

Going strong for over a dozen years now, Uncle Fatih’s is a go-to for classic pizza, with a Turkish twist. With seven locations going strong (and a couple more to come), Uncle Fatih has become a neighbourhood staple for many who love their fresh dough, sauce, and toppings.

Address: Multiple locations in Metro Vancouver; check website for details

4. Pizzeria Farina

This cozy pizza joint on Main Street makes some great pizzas. Open daily from 5 pm until the dough runs out (which is practically every day), Pizzeria Farina offers deliciously thin bases, scrumptious toppings, and a crispy yet chewy crust in a casual, neighbourhood-style setting that’s perfect for a quick sit down meal.

Address: 915 Main Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @pizzeriafarina

5. The Parlour

(Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz)

Jess Fleming/Daily Hive

This upscale Yaletown pizza parlour offers diners hot, fresh, doughy fire-baked pizzas. Topped with an array of tempting flavour combinations, The Parlour serves a classic Margherita, and a fiery roasted garlic and chicken pizza, just to name a few. The Parlour’s crust is amazingly light and airy, and those who follow a gluten-free diet can count on The Parlour for their pizza fix.

Address: 1011 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @theparlouryaletown

6. Me-n-Ed’s

A little further afield from the City of Vancouver is Me-n-Ed’s, a beloved local haunt for many pizza lovers in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Langley, and Abbotsford. They top their scratch-made dough with a variety of fun topping combos with names like The Gangster and The Godfather, and will do custom pizzas, or sub in a gluten-free crust.

Address: 5 locations; see website for details

7. Bella Gelateria

Despite being better known for their award-winning gelato, Bella Gelateria’s Yaletown branch also offers a range of mouthwatering, Neapolitan-style pizza. Bringing together fresh, simple ingredients, Bella Gelateria creates delectable handmade pies that can be enjoyed in-house or ordered to-go.

Address: 1089 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver

8. Pizza Garden

This locally-grown franchise has a loyal following. And why not? Doesn’t a “Pizza Garden” sound like an amazing place where pizza just grows? Yum! Their satisfying Neapolitan-style pizzas come in an array of topping combos, or you can simply build your own.

Address: Multiple locations in Metro Vancouver; check website for details
Instagram: @pizzagarden.ca

9. Campagnolo Roma

Alongside their rustic Italian cuisine, which is built around what’s fresh and good at the market, Campagnolo Roma offers diners a short and approachable pizza menu. Resisting the temptation to load their pizzas with more cheese and toppings, Campagnolo Roma instead creates thin (yet firm) based pizza, comprised of simple flavour combos that work together brilliantly. Campagnolo Roma’s Margherita is hard to beat.

Address: 2297 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @campagnolorestaurants

10. Don’t Argue! Pizzeria

With a crunchy crust and chewy bite Don’t Argue! Pizzeria brings together fresh, simple ingredients to create mouthwatering pies. Whole pizzas are available in two sizes for sharing, while slices are for sale at $3.50 each.

Address: 3240 Main Street, Vancouver

11. Steveston Pizza

Home of what is probably Vancouver’s most expensive pizza (the $850 lobster-caviar-truffle monster known as the SeeNay), Steveston Pizza is also a must-try because of their epic (and we mean EPIC) pizzas loaded (and we mean LOADED) with seafood. You can also get more of the standard toppings, too.

Address: 3400 Moncton Street, Richmond

12. Nightingale

Fine, Nightingale isn’t a “pizza place” exactly, but it’s a place where you can get some top-notch pizza. The second Vancouver restaurant venture of Chef David Hawksworth, Nightingale’s seasonally-driven menu includes pizzas from their oven, on perfectly light crust with the just the right balance of chewy and crisp, and fresh toppings.

Address: 1017 West Hastings Street, Vancouver


13. Goldies

A haven for lovers of a great big thin-crust slice, Goldies has been a longstanding favourite for the busy downtowners passing by the window at their original shop. The company has expanded to add an additional location, where you are sure to find the right slice for you.

Address: 605 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Address: 508 Abbott Street, Vancouver

14. Nook

With two outposts in Vancouver (West End and Kitsilano), this Italian-inspired pizzeria serves casually-comforting food. The pizza menu features pies topped with salami and olives; prosciutto, arugula and roasted garlic; ricotta, baby spinach, olives, roasted garlic; Italian sausage, chilies and sweet onions, and anchovies, olives and chilies.

Address: 781 Denman Street, Vancouver
Address: 1525 Yew Street, Vancouver

15. Nat’s New York Pizzeria

Nat’s is a classic spot for a slice (or pie) of hard-to-beat pizza. You can even get a bit outrageous with their NY Pizza, or opt for the Vegan (non-dairy) pizza.

Address: 2684 West Broadway, Vancouver
Address: 1080 Denman Street, Vancouver

16. Pizzeria Bufala

This popular neighbourhood eatery prepares fresh, made-to-order classic and contemporary pizzas in the Napolitana style. Blistered to perfection in their 800 degree stone oven, Bufula’s pies are rustic in style and texture, and boast a chewy crust. Keep it simple with Bufula’s Margherita, or be adventurous and try the Oxtail and Kale.

Address: 5395 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Instagram: @bufalayvr

17. Virtuous Pie

While not the first vegan pizza place in town, it’s the newest, and the prettiest, and it’s the one that also has their own non-dairy ice cream (because hello, pizza plus ice cream equals amazing). Order up a Virtuous Pie made with hand-stretched dough and their house-made nut-based cheeses, and see what everyone is talking about.

Address: 583 Main Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @virtuous_pie

18. Pizzeria Ludica

For those who like their hot, fresh, pizza pies out of a stone oven with a side of board games, Ludica in the “Stadium District” of Vancouver is a must-try. (PS they have a dessert pizza, too!)

Address: 189 Keefer Place, Vancouver
Instagram: @pizzerialudica

19. Lombardo’s Pizzeria & Ristorante

Established in 1986, family run Lombardo’s on Commercial Drive continues to offer patrons deliciously thin wood oven pizza, alongside other Italian classics. With an array of pizza toppings and 30 years of operation under their belt Lombardo’s is a must-visit food destination.

Address: 1641 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Instagram: @lombardospizza

20. Pizzeria Barbarella

This casual (and often bustling) pizza joint uses local, organic, and handmade ingredients to make their rustic pizza pies. Offerings include more traditional renditions, like marinara and margherita, as well as more unique options like the Il Pero, which features fontina cheese, caronzola, fresh bosc pears, red onion, walnuts, honey, and a balsamic reduction.

Address: 654 East Broadway, Vancouver
Instagram: @pizzeriabarbarella

21. Corduroy Pie

This neighbourhood spot has become a local fave for reliable pies and fun atmosphere. It’s a pretty tight menu of classics, and modern new classics, like their Lamb Sausage or the always awesome combo of Bacon and Brussels Sprouts. Plus beer. Yeah!

Address: 758 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver

22. Straight Outta Brooklyn NYC Pizzeria

Pizza by the slice (Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz)

Jess Fleming/Daily Hive

This causal pizza joint specializes in New York style by-the-slice pizza, characterized by a perfectly charred thin crust, light layer of tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. Expect to find a variety of toppings like salami, ham, mushrooms, artichokes and olives, as well as an olive-based pie made up of plum tomato, garlic, basil and fresh arugula.

Address: 350 Robson Street, Vancouver

Address: Unit 3 – 701 Kingsway, Vancouver

23. Joe Pizza

The city’s newest pizza spot specializes in Roman-style pizza, served “al taglio” aka by the cut. This pizzeria offers rectangular slices in many varieties including classics like pizza Margherita, funghi (mushroom), and prosciutto, to name a few. The folks behind Joe Pizza are already prepping to open a location this year on the UBC campus, too.

Address: 309 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @eatjoepizza

24. Did’s Pizza

Ah, Did’s. For so many, for so long, this was THE slice to soak up the sins of the night. After a nearly two-decade hiatus Did’s got back in the Vancouver pizza game in early 2016, with a slice shop on Dunsmuir. Check out his dough made with Alberta flour and fresh toppings by the slice, or by the pie, if you’re ambitious.

Address: 575 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

With files from Jess Fleming

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