Vancouver Foodster Pizza Challenge

Welcome to the 4th 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 April 5-29, 2018.

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, instagram stories and instagram posts 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 2 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 April 5-29, 2018.

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

Piva Modern Italian

The Modern Italian

The Modern Italian

Price: $18

Created by: Executive Chef, Subraaz Abdullah

Description: This pizza uses some of the basic luxuries from a contemporary Italian garden and pantry. Starting with our braised garlic alfredo sauce, we combine the unique flavor of roasted Cornish game hen with a balance of traditional herbs and spices topped with our modern version of pesto to finish.

Ingredients: Roast game hen, capicola, braised garlic alfredo, sweet onion, smoked caciocavallo, arugula pine nut pesto.

Offered: All the time

Piva Modern Italian

787 Columbia Street, New Westminster

Phone: (604) 522-0221

Web: https://pivarestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @PivaRestaurant

Instagram: @pivamodernitalian

 

Bowen Island Pizza Co.

Chorizo & Blue Cheese

Chorizo & Blue Cheese with balsamic reduction

Price: $22

Created by: Owner, Melanie McCready

Description: Chorizo & Blue Cheese with balsamic reduction on top of housemade San Marzano tomato sauce and a thin organic flour crust.

Ingredients: Organic flour, extra virgin olive oil, yeast, salt, San Marzanos, garlic, spice, chorizo, mozzarella, blue cheese, balsamic reduction.

Offered: 11 am until the market closes at 7 pm, daily.

Bowen Island Pizza Company

123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver

Tel:(604) 770-3660

Web: https://www.bowenislandpizzaco.com/

Twitter: @BowenPizzaCo

Instagram @bowenislandpizzaco

 

Backcountry Brewing

Wake-n-Bacon 2.0

Wake-n-Bacon 2.0

Price: $18

Created by: Chef Shannon Brown

Description: Pepper crusted Guencaile, Northarm farm Sunchokes, Creamed leeks & Free ranged Egg with Truffle oil served ontop our house made 24 hour fermented Neapolitan style pizza dough, hand stretched to order.

Ingredients: Truffle cream, Leeks, Sunchokes, Guanciale, Caramelized onion, Green onions, Mozzarella, Free run egg.

Offered: All the time

Backcountry Brewing

405-1201 Commercial Way, Squamish

Web: https://www.backcountrybrewing.com/

Tel:(604) 567-2739

Twitter @Backcountry604

Instagram @backcountrybrewing

 

The Blenheim Pub

Il Giardino

Il Giardino

Price: $16

Created by: Chef David Scott

Description: was inspired by a walk around Kitsilano markets with a focus on fresh and local ingredients. The pizza has a crispy, cheese crust with a San Marzano tomato sauce base and is topped with Portobello & brown mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, corn, mozzarella, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.

Ingredients: San Marzano tomato sauce, Portobello & brown mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, corn, mozzarella, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.

Offered: All the time

The Blenheim Pub

3293 West 4th Ave, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 736-0212

Web:http://www.blenheimpub.com/

Twitter @theblenheimpub

Instagram @theblenheimpub

 

La Ruota Pizzeria 

Bulgogi Pizza

Bulgogi Pizza

Price: 14″ Medium $17.75, 18″ Extra Large $24.00 or by the Slice: $2.75

Created by: Chef Artus Sukru

Description: A Korean-Italian Pizza is the new addition to La Ruota Pizzeria’s menu, and has quickly become the most popular meat pizza option in short time with simple yet delicious.

Ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Mozzarella, Fior di Latte, Grana Padano, Rib-eye Beef, Mushroom, Red Onion, Chilli Flakes, Olive Oil.

Offered: All the time

La Ruota Pizzeria

1168 The High Street, Coquitlam

Tel: (604) 474-1070

Web: https://www.laruota.ca/

Twitter @laruotapizza

Instagram @laruotapizza

 

Novo Pizzeria

Fennel Sausage Pizza

Fennel Sausage Pizza

Price: $21

Created by: Novo Pizza team

Description: This pizza is all about simple ingredients. The base is a classic Margherita which is then topped with our house made fennel sausage. The crust is filled with a ricotta di bufala and Malden salt giving it a buttery texture.  Out of our Apple wood fired oven we lightly drizzle it with Rosemary oil.

Ingredients: San Marazono Pomodoro, Fennel Sausage, Basil, fresh mozzarella, rosemary oil, ricotta.

Offered:  All the time

Novo Pizzeria

2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 736-2220

Web:  http://www.novopizzeria.com/

Twitter:   @NOVOPizzeria

Instagram: @novopizzeria

 

AJ’s Brooklyn Pizza Joint

The Cat’s Meow

The Cat’s Meow

Price: $22

Created by: Chef Kristy Ayers

Description: Garlic oil base with fresh mozzarella and grated fontina. Topped with a mushroom confit, spicy panchetta and chili flakes. Cooked with 2 eggs nestled in the middle, and finished with peashoots, lemon oil and truffle salt.  Served on our 14 inch crust only!

Ingredients: Olive oil, Garlic, Mushroom, Thyme, Spicy pancetta , Chili flakes, Lemon rind, Peashoot, Egg, Truffle salt, Fresh mozzarella, Fontina, Salt & pepper.

Offered: All the time

AJ’s Brooklyn Pizza Joint

325 E Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 428-5805

Web: http://ajsbrooklynpizzajoint.com/

Twitter @Ajsbklynpizza

Instagram @ajsbklynpizzajoint

 

Bay Moorings Restaurant

BC Pizza

BC Pizza

Price: $21.99

Created by:  Chef Danilo

Description: Celebrating British Columbia with Fresh scallops, house double smoked bacon, besciamella, fresh homemade pesto sauce, balsamic caviar.

Ingredients: Fresh scallops, house double smoked bacon, besciamella, fresh homemade pesto sauce, balsamic caviar.

Offered: all the time

Bay Moorings Restaurant

6330 Bay Street, Horeshoe Bay

Tel: (604) 921-8184

Web: http://baymooringsrestaurant.com/

Instagram: @bay_moorings

 

Al Buco Pizzeria

Venezia

Venezia

Price: $20

Created by: Pizzaiolo Ralph Funaro

Description: Our freshly made pizzas are authentic Italian and this one is named after the famous city of Venezia full of flavours with ingredients from the region your taste buds will be delighted

Ingredients: Mascarpone, Fior di latte, prosciutto cotto , salami, mushrooms, artichokes, Sicilian mixed olives.

Offered: All the time

Al Buco Pizza

2638 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 253-0765

Web: https://www.albuco.ca/

Twitter @albucopizza

Instagram @albucopizza

 

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

Instagram @vanglutton 

 

David Grange

Blogger for BCFoodieBlogger

Twitter: @BCfoodieblogger

Instagram: @BCfoodieblogger

 

Josh Boettcher

Blogger for https://josheats.com/

Twitter: @josheatstweets

Instagram @itsjosheats