Vancouver Foodster Pizza Challenge

Welcome to the 5th 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 4-28, 2019.

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 4-28, 2019.

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

Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria

Bacon Mac and Cheese Pizza

Bacon Mac and Cheese Pizza

Price: $13.95

Created by: the Firecrust team

Description: Hand stretched, authentic Neapolitan style crust made with “00” Caputo flour, mixed with some comfort food!  Crispy bacon, baked Macaroni and Cheese topped with more shredded cheddar cheese.  Served with a side of coleslaw.

Ingredients: bacon, cheese, macaroni

Offered: All the time

Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria

808 Davie Street, Vancouver

Tel: (778) 379-9646

Web: https://www.firecrustpizzeria.com/

Twitter @firecrustdavie

Instagram @firecrustdavie

 

Mordimi Bite of Italy

Boscaiola

Boscaiola

Price: $20

Created by: Chef Luca Colasanti

Description: A walk in the Italian Forest

Ingredients: Italian Black truffle, potatoes, mushrooms, Asiago cheese and fior di latte. Garnish with rosemary and pea shoots.

Offered: all the time Tuesday – Sunday.

Mordimi Bite of Italy

2638 E Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 253-0765

Web: http://mordimi.ca/

Instagram @mordimibiteofitaly

 

AJ’s Brooklyn Pizza Joint

Detroit Red Top

Detroit Red Top

Price: $33

Created by: Chef Anthony Caridi

Description: Detroit-style pizza was invented in the 1940s by Gus Guerra, the owner of Buddy’s Rendezvous. It’s rectangular, thick, and fluffy like a Sicilian pizza and is framed by a border of crispy golden brown cheese that tastes like the best part of a grilled cheese sandwich — the stuff that leaks out of the edge and gets toasted in the pan.

What makes this style unique are the two cheeses, white cheddar and mozza, which are piled extra high up the sides of the pan to encourage that charred effect; the butter used to grease the pan; and the pan itself. Legend has it that Gus came up with the idea of using heavy, square blue-steel pans originally designed to clean the oil from tools in high-pressure gas ovens in factories. How Motor City is that?

Ingredients: AJS ground tomato sauce ( Sauce is applied after the pizza is cooked), Pinch of fine sea salt, Pinch of dried oregano, 7 ounces Mozza Cheese, shredded, 7 ounces  white cheddar cheese, Grated Pecorino Romano cheese, for dusting, Dried oregano, for dusting, Garlic oil for drizzling, Pepperoni Cups to top it off.

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

 

Backcountry Brewing

I pity the Falafool

I pity the Falafool

Price: $17

Created by: Chef Artie McGee

Description: Inspired by the classic falafel sandwich, roasted garlic tahini sauce, falafel feta, halloumi cheese, pickled vegetables, mint yogurt

Ingredients: Roasted garlic tahini: tahini sauce, roasted garlic cilantro, cream, Feta, Halloumi, Pickled vegetable: champagne vinegar, tomato, red onion, cucumber, sugar, Mint yogurt: greek yogurt, mint, lemon, Falafel: English peas, chic peas, parsley, lemon, garlic, cilantro, cumin, smoke paprika. Garnish: toasted sesame seeds and mint

Offered: All the time

Backcountry Brewing

405-1201 Commercial Way, Squamish

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

Tel:(604) 567-2739

Twitter @Backcountry604

Instagram @backcountrybrewing

 

Manoush’eh

Manoush’eh Pizza

Manoush’eh Pizza

Price: $14.99

Created by: Chef George

Description: Middle Eastern inspired 12 inch pizza with our House pizza sauce, topped with mozzarella cheese, green peppers, fresh mushroom, black olives, fresh Roma tomatoes slices and a signature of home made Akkawi cheese.

Ingredients: House pizza sauce (tomatoes fresh mushrooms oregano olive oil black pepper and small pieces of fresh onion) mozzarella cheese green peppers fresh mushroom black olives fresh Roma tomatoes slices and a signature of home made Akkawi cheese

Offered: All the time

Manoush’eh

620 Davie Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 440-4402

Web: https://www.manousheh.ca/

Instagram @manoushehbc

 

Il Posto

Fat Tony

Fat Tony

Price: $19

Created by: Chef Terry Pichor

Description: A glorious Italian pizza pie with our signature meatball on top of the red sauce base pizza that has been topped off with sliced meatballs, caramelized onion, caciocavallo, pecorino, basil, oregano, finished with garlic focaccia crumb.

Ingredients: red sauce, sliced meatballs, caramelized onion, caciocavallo, pecorino, basil, oregano, finished with garlic focaccia crumb.

Offered: Tuesday – Sunday dinner only.

Il Posto

4866 Delta Street, Ladner

Tel: (604) 946-1300

Web: https://www.ilpostoresto.com/

Instagram @ilpostoresto

 

Piva Modern Italian

Rustic Italian

Rustic Italian

Price: $20

Created by: Executive Chef, Subraaz Abdullah

Description: A pizza that brings the Rusticness of Italy into the Moderness of Piva.

Ingredients: Ricotta, Caramelized Onion, Wild Boar Meatball, Blue cheese, Arugula, Mushroom

Offered: To be enjoyed at lunch and dinner.

Piva Modern Italian

787 Columbia Street, New Westminster

Phone: (604) 522-0221

Web: https://pivarestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @PivaRestaurant

Instagram: @pivamodernitalian

 

Sopra Sotto Pizzeria

Contadina

Contadina

Price: $22

Created by: Chef Enrico Fratoni

Description:

Ingredients:Taleggio cheese, smoked pancetta, cherry tomatoes, mixed mushrooms and green onions.

Offered: Every day during lunch and dinner

Sopra Sotto Pizzeria

1510 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Phone: (604) 251-7586

Web: http://www.soprasottovancouver.com/

Instagram @soprasotto.vancouver

And

Sopra Sotto Pizzeria

4022 Hastings Street, Burnaby

Tel: (604) 423-3310

Web: http://www.soprasottovancouver.com/

Instagram @soprasotto.vancouver

 

Pizza Carano

Leek with Saffron Cream Pizza

Leek with Saffron Cream Pizza

Price: $20

Created by: Chef Trevor Hagenbuch

Description: Our White Sauce base of Grana Padano and Mascarpone Cheese mixed with the addition of a Saffron Tea, match-sticked roasted Leeks, Gelderman Farms Bacon, Calabrese Peppers, and topped with fresh Dill.

Ingredients: White Sauce base of Grana Padano, Mascarpone Cheese, a Saffron Tea, match-sticked roasted Leeks, Gelderman Farms Bacon, Calabrese Peppers, fresh Dill.

Offered: Daily 5-10pm

Pizza Carano

4241 Fraser St, Vancouver

Tel: 604-877-1270

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

Twitter: @PizzaCarano

Instagram @PizzaCarano

 

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 

 

Andrew Chan

Blogger and Photographer

Twitter: @eatwithmao

Instagram: @eatwithmao

 

Maggi Mei

Blogger and Instagrammer

Twitter: @mag_mei

Instagram: @magmei