Pizza Challenge 2015 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster 2nd Pizza Challenge was a great success featuring unique creations at restaurants around Vancouver, Burnaby and North Vancouver.  Each restaurant featured their creation on their menu from March 5-28, 2015. and their customers voted for their favourites daily throughout the challenge for their People’s Choice favourites.

Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Thor Diakow, Jennifer Thomson, Jay Minter and Adrian Harris

The Winners are:

1st Place:

Alberello Pizzeria

Alberello Pizzeria

Verde Noce 

Description: Verde Noce translates green walnut. House-made pesto base with toasted walnuts, roasted red and yellow peppers, caramelized onion, oyster mushroom sautéed in garlic oil, and aged mozzarella topped with fresh soft goat cheese & basil.

Created by: Azin Etesami (Owner/pizza lover) and Cristina Marianetti (Chef)

Alberello Pizzeria

115 W 15th Street, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-770-4484

Web: http://www.alberellopizzeria.com/

Twitter @Alberellopizza

 

Chef Cristina Marianetti and Azin Etesami (Co-Owner)

Chef Cristina Marianetti and Azin Etesami (Co-Owner)

2nd Place:

Pizza Carano

Pizza Carano

Spicy Coconut Kale

Description: coconut cream, kale, peanut satay marinated mushrooms, fior di latte, coconut flakes, chili oil

Created by: Chef Trevor Hagenbuch

Pizza Carano

4241 Fraser St, Vancouver

Tel: 604-877-1270

Web: http://www.pizzacarano.com/

Twitter: @PizzaCarano

 

Chef Trevor Hagenbuch

Chef Trevor Hagenbuch

3rd Place:

Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

Pizza Pomo Verde

Description: Urbani’s Spicy Fennel Sausage, Carozzi Tellagio Fromaggio, Fior di Latte, Fresh Fennel, Green Apple Chive Slaw

Created by: Executive Chef Will Lucas

Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

6011 Hastings Street, Burnaby

Tel:  604-299-8002

Twitter:  @CottoEnoteca

Web:  http://cotto.ca/

Chef Will Lucas

Chef Will Lucas

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Pizza Creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

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Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

Pizza Pomo Verde

Description: Urbani’s Spicy Fennel Sausage, Carozzi Tellagio Fromaggio, Fior di Latte, Fresh Fennel, Green Apple Chive Slaw

Created by: Executive Chef Will Lucas

Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

6011 Hastings Street, Burnaby

Tel:  604-299-8002

Twitter:  @CottoEnoteca

Web:  http://cotto.ca/

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

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Pizza Carano

Pizza Carano

Spicy Coconut Kale

Description: coconut cream, kale, peanut satay marinated mushrooms, fior di latte, coconut flakes, chili oil

Created by: Chef Trevor Hagenbuch

Pizza Carano

4241 Fraser St, Vancouver

Tel: 604-877-1270

Web: http://www.pizzacarano.com/

Twitter: @PizzaCarano

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

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Pizza Barbarella

Pizza Barbarella

The Hawaiian Punch

Description: Brown sugar-glazed and house-smoked fresh pineapple and hot capicollo, with bocconcini and aged mozzarella, tomato, finished with grana padano, served on our organic, sourdough crust. Softens the cynicism of even the most ardent pizza purist.

Created by:  n/a

Pizza Barbarella

654 East Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-210-6111

Web: http://www.pizzeriabarbarella.com/

Twitter: @PizzaBarbarella

 

Thank you to all the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured the Pizza Challenge creations on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Pizza creations! See all the 14 Pizza Challenge Entries Here.

By: Richard Wolak