Let’s be real — almost any pizza, hot out of the oven, reduces even the choosiest foodie to a drooling Homer Simpson. This combo of carbs and melted cheese is something we feed ourselves to feel better — to lull ourselves into a carb-induced coma. It’s the food equivalent of a hot bubble bath.
Self-medication is close at hand. Clark County has a TON of pizza places that serve various styles of pizza. To prepare for this story, I did a Yelp search and a Google search for pizza in Vancouver. I went through all the pages of the search and made a list of the places that were truly in Vancouver (Yelp and Google seem to think when I search for Vancouver, I want Portland).
Then, I ate. I didn’t even get to Heathen Brewing, Blazzin Pizza, or Bellagios. A person can only eat so much pizza in two weeks; but, to have total pizza knowledge of the Couv, I will try these places soon and report back.
Surveying the evidence, a pizza pattern emerged. To be fair, I came up with criteria for each type. In evaluating anything, it is important to keep in mind what the thing is supposed to be. You can’t watch a Will Ferrell movie and evaluate it like it is one of those Oscar-grubbing movies where a woman falls in love with a fish and they dance like Fred and Ginger. Likewise, every slice of pizza needs to be evaluated by criteria appropriate for the type of pizza it is trying to be.
Here, friends, is my Vancouver Pizzapedia, my guide to pizza in Vancouver:
Authentic southern Italian
Naples, Italy is the birthplace of modern pizza. Yes, flatbreads are found all over the world; but, this combination of wheat-flour dough slathered with volcanic-soil enriched San Marzano tomatoes, then topped with fresh mozzarella di bufala or fior di latte and herbs, and blasted in a 900-degree wood-fired oven was born in southern Italy. I had the pleasure of tasting this Holy Grail of pizza in Naples 15 years ago. The memory makes me drool.