Pizza Challenge 2020 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster 6th Pizza Challenge was a great success featuring unique creations at restaurants around Metro Vancouver.  Each restaurant featured their creation on their menu from May 7-31, 2020. 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.

Each media judge scored each creation with a maximum of 40 points as follows: Overall Taste 20 points, Originality and Uniqueness 10 points, Presentation and Appearance 10 points. The highest number of points a challenge creation could have been awarded is 120 points.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Tara Lee, Hanson Do and Yuki No

The Winners are:

1st Place:

{110 points}

Spacca Napoli Pizzeria

Cafonata

Price: $22

Created by: Antonio Lanzetta, Pizzaiolo

Description: As we spend time at home with our families during this pandemic, we are inspired to bring you a new pizza creation! It is a celebration of the days spent cooking with our Nonna in the kitchen, enjoying the warm aromas and smiles.  It starts with simple ingredients grown in the garden like basil and tomatoes, including roasted potatoes with sausage and a table filled with everyone’s favourite- hand-cut salami and cheese. We hope our new Cafonata pizza is your choice of food for comfort, to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Ingredients: Tomato sauce DOP, ’Nduja (Spicy Salame), Salsiccia di Chinghiale (Wild Boar Sausage), Oven Roasted Potatoes, Fior de Latte Mozzarella, Provolone Auricchio, Ricotta stuffed crust.

Takeout/Pickup: Tuesday – Sunday after 3:30pm for takeout.

Delivery: not available currently.

Spacca Napoli Pizzeria

2801 St Johns Street, Port Moody

Tel: (604) 939-5800

Web: https://pizzeriaspaccanapoli.com/

Instagram: @pizzeriaspacca

2nd Place:

{107 points}

Backcountry Brewing

It could be wurst

Price: $18

Created by: Chef Artie McGee

Description: whole grain mustard cream sauce, pilsner braised red cabbage with apples and bacon, beer sausage, mozzarella cheese, and green onions.

Ingredients: whole grain mustard cream sauce, pilsner braised red cabbage with apples and bacon, beer sausage, mozzarella cheese, and green onions.

Takeout/Pickup: Daily from 12pm-7pm .Orders need to be in by 6:30 pm. People can place orders over the phone or come in and order.

Delivery: not available currently.

Backcountry Brewing

405-1201 Commercial Way, Squamish

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

Tel:(604) 567-2739

Twitter @Backcountry604

Instagram @backcountrybrewing

3rd Place:

{105 points}

Alberello Pizzeria

Barbabietole e Asparagi

Price: $18

Created by: Sean & Azin Etesami

Description: colorful pizza with seasonal vegetables at center stage.

Ingredients: Made with balsamic roasted beets, sautéed asparagus with bacon & roasted walnuts, on a creamy base with mascarpone and aged mozzarella topped with fresh mint leaves.

Takeout/Pickup: Daily from 5pm – closing. Order online from our website or by phone.

Delivery: Daily from 5pm – closing. Order online through their website or from the other delivery services which include Doordash, Skip the dishes and Uber Eats for delivery within North Vancouver only.

Alberello Pizzeria

115 W 15th Street, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-770-4484

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

Twitter @Alberellopizza

Instagram @alberellopizzeria

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:

Alberello Pizzeria

Barbabietole e Asparagi

Price: $18

Created by: Sean & Azin Etesami

Description: colorful pizza with seasonal vegetables at center stage.

Ingredients: Made with balsamic roasted beets, sautéed asparagus with bacon & roasted walnuts, on a creamy base with mascarpone and aged mozzarella topped with fresh mint leaves.

Takeout/Pickup: Daily from 5pm – closing. Order online from our website or by phone.

Delivery: Daily from 5pm – closing. Order online through their website or from the other delivery services which include Doordash, Skip the dishes and Uber Eats for delivery within North Vancouver only.

Alberello Pizzeria

115 W 15th Street, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-770-4484

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

Twitter @Alberellopizza

Instagram @alberellopizzeria

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Spacca Napoli Pizzeria

Cafonata

Price: $22

Created by: Antonio Lanzetta, Pizzaiolo

Description: As we spend time at home with our families during this pandemic, we are inspired to bring you a new pizza creation! It is a celebration of the days spent cooking with our Nonna in the kitchen, enjoying the warm aromas and smiles.  It starts with simple ingredients grown in the garden like basil and tomatoes, including roasted potatoes with sausage and a table filled with everyone’s favourite- hand-cut salami and cheese. We hope our new Cafonata pizza is your choice of food for comfort, to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Ingredients: Tomato sauce DOP, ’Nduja (Spicy Salame), Salsiccia di Chinghiale (Wild Boar Sausage), Oven Roasted Potatoes, Fior de Latte Mozzarella, Provolone Auricchio, Ricotta stuffed crust.

Takeout/Pickup: Tuesday – Sunday after 3:30pm for takeout.

Delivery: not available currently.

Spacca Napoli Pizzeria

2801 St Johns Street, Port Moody

Tel: (604) 939-5800

Web: https://pizzeriaspaccanapoli.com/

Instagram: @pizzeriaspacca

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Pastameli

The Pickled Frenchman

Price: Small 10inch $18.00/ Medium 12inch $25.00 / Large 14inch $31.00/ Party 18inch $39.00

By the slice $4.00 or 2/$6.00

Created by: Owner Colin Taylor and Chef Trevor Heal.

Description: Our pizza rendition of a smoked meat pub style sandwich. Our dough is slathered with an in house made, rich tomato BBQ sauce, Pilsner beer braised Montreal smoked beef brisket, sauerkraut, chopped dill pickles, and a mixture of Swiss and Mozzarella cheese, baked to perfection then finished with a three mustard honey sriracha drizzle and pretzel crumbles.  Cheers!

Ingredients: House made BBQ tomato sauce as base, Pilsner beer braised Montreal smoked beef brisket, chopped dill pickles, sauerkraut, a blend of Swiss and Mozzarella cheese,  three mustard honey sriracha drizzle, topped with a pretzel crumble. 

Takeout/Pickup: Daily 11am – 9pm, orders can be placed over the phone only at 604-922-9333.

Delivery: Daily from 12pm-9pm, orders can be placed over the phone only at 604-922-9333. Will take credit card over the phone for no touch delivery.  Delivery only to West Vancouver addresses.

Pastameli Restaurant

5369 Headland Drive, West Vancouver

Phone: (604) 922-9333

Web: www.pastameli.com

Instagram @pastameli_restaurant

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