It’s true, Did’s Pizza has returned to Vancouver after an almost 20 year hiatus, setting up shop at 575 Dunsmuir Street in the city’s downtown core.
Some people may remember the original Did’s Pizza at 630 Davie Street (now home to New Peace Chinese Restaurant). Opening its doors back in 1983, Did’s was the first spot in Vancouver to offer pizza by-the-slice, says owner Mr. Did, as he is simply and affectionately known.
Back in its heyday, Did’s Pizza was somewhat of a Davie Street institution. The casual pizza parlour would attract huge lines, says Mr. Did.
In 1994 the business was sold, and soon after Mr. Did made the move south to sunnier climes. In L.A. Mr. Did opened a string of Did’s Pizza joints along Venice Beach, and in doing so gained quite the reputation for his delicious “bakery-style” pizzas.
In California, slices from Did’s Pizza were enjoyed by the likes of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and other high profile names. You can see photos of these three enjoying Did’s Pizza, plus more, hanging on the wall at the Dunsmuir locale.
Returning to Vancouver to live, and unable to find a decent slice, Mr. Did, spurred on by his 12 year old son, decided to re-launch Did’s Pizza.
The recipes and prices are almost identical to the original location says Mr. Did. $3 for a cheese slice, $3.50 for a gourmet slice, and $14 for a large pizza pie.
Everything is made from scratch in-house, from the dough to the vibrant green basil pesto sauce, which comes drizzled on Did’s signature slice.
You won’t find any “masking” ingredients, like sesame seeds or ranch dressing at Did’s Pizza, instead you’ll discover fresh, quality produce, and simple yet delicious flavours.
Other menu items include calzones and a homemade lasagna, which comes served with freshly baked bread twists.
While this blast from the past slice joint has only recently opened up its doors again, Mr. Did is already scouring the city for potential new homes for more Did’s Pizza locations.
Address: 575 Dunsmuir Street