Vancouver Foodster Pizza Challenge

Welcome to the 3rd Vancouver Foodster Pizza Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their pizza into this challenge, some of the restaurants have created a special pizza just for this challenge and others have entered their top choice off their existing menu. Each restaurant will be featuring their pizza on their menu from March 3-26, 2017.

How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the pizza creations in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best pizza creation for the People’s Choice award winners. 

Share your experiences: Tweet (and don’t forget to tweet or instagram your photos) throughout the challenge, our twitter and instagram address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #PizzaChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite pizza creations – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

Get some friends together and make a night of it, visit 3 restaurants or more to share and taste the different pizzas or go solo or with a friend – just remember to VOTE for your favourites between March 3-26, 2017.

Here are the 12 Pizza creations in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

Bay Moorings Restaurant

Buckwheat Pizza Special

Buckwheat Pizza Special

Price: $17.95 (on Tuesday’s $12)

Created by:  Chef Danilo

Description: with mozzarella cheese, marinated cherry tomatoes, sautéed prawns, fresh ricotta cheese, candied ginger, arugula pesto and blanched whole almonds.

Offered: all the time

Bay Moorings Restaurant

6330 Bay Street, Horeshoe Bay

Tel: (604) 921-8184

Web: http://baymooringsrestaurant.com/

Instagram: @bay_moorings

 

Caffe Mangia Pizzeria

Tutto Gusto Pizza

Tutto Gusto Pizza

Price: $15

Created by Chef Alana Peckham

Description: A mouth-watering pizza for all your senses to enjoy. The savory bites of the Prosciutto and melted Cambozola blue cheese are complemented with the elegant sweetness of the port infused Kalamata figs. This masterpiece is finished off with a fresh hit of crunchy Radicchio The textures and scents of the ingredients are elegantly layered from the soft but not pungent blue cheese to the nutty hints of roasted walnuts.

Ingredients: Roasted Garlic, Prosciutto, Port Infused Figs, Cambozola Cheese, Roasted Walnuts and Garnished With Fresh Radicchio

The ‘Tutto Gusto’ is a perfect pairing with our house red wine Nero D’Avalo or the Dageraad Amber Ale.

Caffe Mangia Pizzeria

2211 Manitoba Street, Vancouver

Tel: 778-379-4000

Web: http://www.caffemangia.com/

Twitter @caffe_mangia

Instagram:@caffemangia

 

Pizzeria SpaccaNapoli

Alla Facciazza Pizza

Alla Facciazza Pizza

Price: $22

Created by: Chef Marco Cresciullo

Description: This pizza is a piece of my family roots and stories. I come from the town where the Mediterranean Diet was born . It is an ancient territory and little known, that still keeps the beauty of the pheasant society of  the last century. It is part of a unique cultural and historical heritage that has spanned the history and the myth of the dawn of civilization, all of this made me who I am now, and it is all reflected in my dishes. I wanted to create a green based pizza, like the spring hills covered of green and flowers. A touch of warm white, the contrast of the brown and red reminding the soil where everything grows. All is covered with an elegant pistachio grain. To me it is like painting my beautiful land in Italy. All this in some way makes me feel lucky and a little special. Hope you will enjoy it, Buon Appetito!

Ingredients: A homemade recipe of fresh arugula pesto, Fior Di Latte, fresh garlic, Porcini mushrooms, Italian truffle cream and topped with prosciutto crudo aged 18 months, shaved Parmigiano Reggiano and toasted pistachio grain.

Available: Tuesday-Sunday all day everyday.

Spacca Napoli Pizzeria

2801 St Johns Street, Port Moody

Tel: (604) 939-5800

Web: https://pizzeriaspaccanapoli.com/

Twitter @Spacca_NapoliPM

Instagram: @pizzeriaspacca

 

Hearthstone Brewery Tap & Forno

Smoked Beef Cheek Pizza

Smoked Beef Cheek Pizza

Price: $17

Created by: Chef Jared Summers and Chef Gary Henderson

Description: Tender smoked & braised local beef cheeks. Whole roasted garlic cloves, fresh cream, fiore di latte. Finished with shaved grana padano, fresh basil, sea salt and white truffle oil

Ingredients: Pizza dough, smoked beef cheek, cream, roast garlic, fiore di latte, grana padano, truffle oil, basil

Offered: All the time we are open 11 AM-10 PM Sunday to Wednesday, 11AM-12PM Thursday- Saturday

Hearthstone Brewery Tap & Forno

1015 Marine Drive, North Vancouver

Tel: (604) 984-1842

Web: http://www.hearthstonebrewery.ca/

Twitter: @hearthstonebeer

Instagram: @hearthstonebrewing

 

Olympia Pizza

The Greek

Price: S- $15.25  M- $19.5  L- $22.25

Created by: George and Peter Kerasiotis

Description: Our pizza is made with our traditional whole wheat crust then we add and generous amount of marinara sauce. The first topping we add are the mushrooms and then we our blend of edam and mozzarella cheese. Next we add the rest of the toppings fresh tomatoes, green peppers onions and olives. Lastly we sprinkle feta cheese on top!

Ingredients: Marinara sauce, Edam cheese, mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, olives

Offered: All day, everyday

Olympia Pizza

3205 West Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 732-5334

Web: http://olympiapizzakits.com/

Instagram: @olympiapizzakits

 

Mangia e Scappa Italian Foods

Patate E Pipi

Patate E Pipi

Price: $20

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.

Offered: From 11AM – 9PM, Tuesday through Sunday

Mangia e Scappa Italian Foods

23238 Mavis Ave, Fort Langley

Phone: 604.888.4104

Web: www.mangiaescappa.com

Twitter: @mangiaescappaif

Instagram: @mangiaescappaif

 

Ragazzi Pizza

Carbonara

Carbonara

Price: 10″ $12.00 and  $17″ $23.00

Created by: Chef Paul Teixeira

Description: with smoked pancetta, bocconcini, garlic, pepper, egg, parsley.

Offered:  Thursday to Sunday Only

Ragazzi Pizza

2996 E. 22nd Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-433-2235

Web: http://www.ragazzipizza.com/

Twitter:   @RagazziPizza

Instagram: @ragazzipizza

 

Grain Tasting Bar

The Luca Brasi

The Luca Brasi

Price: $12

Created by: Executive Chef Jeff Szombaty & Jo Ong

Description: house smoked mozzarella, san marzano tomato, italian fennel sausage, roasted onion, broccoli rabe, aged balsamico

Offered: 4:30pm- 11pm daily

Grain Tasting Bar

655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel:   604-639-4768

Web:  www.grainvbc.com

Twitter:    @Grain_Bar

Instagram: [email protected]_bar

 

Novo Pizzeria

Chorizo Salami and Chili Honey Pizza

Chorizo Salami & Thyme Chili Honey

Price: $20

Created by: Novo Pizza team

Description: fresh mozzarella, basil, smoked provolone, ricotta di bufala

Offered:  All the time

Novo Pizzeria

2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 736-2220

Web:  http://www.novopizzeria.com/

Twitter:   @NOVOPizzeria

Instagram: @novopizzeriayvr

 

Alberello Pizzeria

Primavera

Primavera

Price: $17

Created by: Sean & Azin Etesami

Description: Primavera translates springtime. It’s our take on a spring inspired pizza. A long awaited spring!

Ingredients: olive tapenade, caramelized fennel, sautéed onion, rosemary roasted potatoes, toasted almonds, & aged mozzarella topped with feta, fennel fronds & pomegranate.

Offered: all the time

Alberello Pizzeria

115 W 15th Street, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-770-4484

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

Twitter @Alberellopizza

 

Pizza Garden

Snow White

Snow White

Price:  14” $16.75

18” $22.50

Slice is available for $2.50

Created by: Pizza Chef Özkan Kocaoğlu

Description: Alfredo Sauce, Mozzarella, Fior di Latte, Grana Padano, Spinach, Caramelized Onions, Ricotta Cheese.

Offered:  All the time

Pizza Garden

4464 Beresford Street, Burnaby

Tel: (604) 566-2026

Web: http://www.pizzagarden.ca

Twitter: @PizzaGardenCa

Instagram: @pizzagarden.ca

 

Megabite Pizza

Philly Steak

Philly Steak

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.

Offered:  All the time

Megabite Pizza

1005 Granville Street, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 687-0002

Web:http://www.megabitepizza.com/

Twitter: @megabitecanada

Instagram: @megabitepizza

 

Make sure you pick up one of the Pizza Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are at http://vancouverfoodster.com/pizza-challenge/

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

Tara Lee

Writer for Inside Vancouver and other publications.

Twitter: @VanGlutton

 

Corey Basso

Executive Producer of Whitecaps FC Broadcasts | Announcer | Reporter

Bell Media | 94.5 Virgin Radio | 103.5 QMFM | TSN 1040 | TSN 1410

Twitter: @CDBasso

 

David Peng

Blogger at Picky Diners and Vancouver Foodie Pulse

Twitter: @pickydiner