Since its humble beginnings in Edmonton, Alberta in 1964, Boston Pizza has grown into Canada-wide franchise that serves up more than 20 gourmet pizzas. The menu boasts more than 100 items ranging from crispy chicken wings dressed in spicy to sweet sauces and rubs to succulent burgers and sandwiches. Big screen TVs broadcast hockey or prime ministers' wrestling matches as guests dig into hearty pastas or dive into desserts such as sticky toffee pudding.
At Trilussa Pizza & Pane, it's all about the dough. Roman-born baker Alessandro Fonseca has been working on the recipe professionally since he was 18, and every day at Trilussa, he hand-stretches it and anoints it with 100% cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil. Once it rises, it's ready to be shaped into baguettes, buns, flatbread, and, of course, pizza crust.
True to the traditional food and square-wheeled cars of the streets of Rome, the pizzas arrive in oblong slabs—measured by length, not diameter. Served cold for an antipasto-like experience, specialty pizzas come topped with ingredient combos such as the caprese, with tomato, bocconcini, and organic salad, or the Vancouver, topped with salmon and organic salad. Hot options include pesto, potatoes, and a variety of Italian meats. In either case, waitstaff will gladly hand out forks and knives to tackle the unusually substantial piles of ingredients.
Trilussa is more than just a spot for dinner and lunch (when panini on the house-made bread make for a quick bite). "You'd do well to start the day here, too, with a coffee and the Buongiorno panino," Vancouver Magazine recommends; there are pastries and espresso drinks as well.
Some people start restaurants because they need an outlet to express all the family recipes bottling up inside. This family, however, established Parmz Pizza Factory because they like when people have a great time over food. To them, pizza is synonymous with fun and at Parmz more than 35 different specialty pies earn this reputation through creative toppings that include ginger and tandoori chicken cooked in a clay oven. In addition to specialty and custom pizzas, the kitchen's staff attends to plates of pasta, ribs, wings, and salad.