Ever since its first pie issued forth from the oven-bound infernos of New Zealand in 1996, the netherworld-themed pizzeria’s primarily kiwi doughsmiths have conjured hand-cut ingredients and special-recipe tomato base onto a whole-wheat Dantean circle and tormented them into gourmet pizzas. Among the standard menu's multitude of sins, only Envy makes eyes wish they were stomachs with its hearty conference of ham, salami, pineapple, bacon, onions, and mushrooms. The Mordor dots its smoky barbecue wasteland with pepperoni, bacon, chicken, onions, green peppers, and carelessly handled magic rings, and the Pandemonium smothers chicken and camembert beneath its piquant currents of cranberry sauce. Herds of smoked salmon and spring onion roam the cream cheese fields of the Serpent, best served with tosses of capers and avocado. Herbivores, however, can work off minor misdeeds—such as rhyming the word "together" with "forever"—with the Purgatory's fresh spinach, feta, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and mushrooms.
Pizza Guys’ chefs bring the authentic flavours of Italian pizzas to Vancouver, preparing fresh dough inside a custom Italian oven. They top each disc with traditional tomato, basil-pesto, or creamy white garlic sauce, then hide it beneath a thick blanket of cheese and fresh meats and veggies. Their gourmet specialty pizzas allow guests to sample styles derived from New York, Greece, and Mexico, or create their own masterpiece with toppings such as jalapenos, feta cheese, and ground beef. After depositing pizzas in their imported oven—where dough bakes to a golden hue while practicing its Italian accent—chefs cook up a barrage of Italian and American favourites, including honey-garlic wings, lasagna, and meaty sub sandwiches.
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 Hell's Kitchen, Chef Aurelia Berleri crafts her pizza in the classic New York thin-crust style, using sustainably farmed proteins across the board. Popular options include the Penny Lane—with zucchini, spinach, artichokes, red peppers, and feta—and the Daisy Duke, an arrangement of smoked free-range chicken, smoked bacon, corn, sweet peppers, and barbecue sauce. Diners can also customize their own pies, and request gluten-free crust for any 11-inch pizza. When she's not busy tossing dough, Berleri dishes out variations on bar classics, including sea salt-crusted pretzels with aged white cheddar Irish ale sauce and grain-fed beef burgers from Pemberton Meadows.
To complement the chef's dishes, bartenders pour two-ounce shots into cocktails and offer a variety of whiskeys, imported and domestic wines, and bottled and draft beers. Feasts unfold on a sunny outdoor patio or within a spacious dining room, where exposed brick surrounds diners sunk into leather booths, gathered around high-top tables, or cradled in the arms of their servers.