Pizza Challenge 2017 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster 3rd Pizza Challenge was a great success featuring unique creations at restaurants around Vancouver, Burnaby, Port Moody, Fort Langley, West Vancouver and North Vancouver.  Each restaurant featured their creation on their menu from March 3-26, 2017. 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: Tara Lee, Corey Basso and David Peng

The Winners are:

1st Place:

Pizzeria SpaccaNapoli

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

Chef Marco Cresciullo

2nd Place (tie):

Novo Pizzeria

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

Chef Carmine Paradiso

2nd Place (tie):

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

Chef Danilo

3rd Place:

Mangia e Scappa Italian Foods

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

Luca Carbone,

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:

Pizzeria SpaccaNapoli

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

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

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

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

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

 

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 Pizza Challenge Entries Here.

By: Richard Wolak