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.
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.
Laguna Blu's culinary experts fill their menu with a range of Italian offerings concocted from a selection of organic products, fresh seafood, and choice cuts of meat. Dining groups huddle and draw battle plans for their forks to divvy up starter dishes, including calamari served with marinara sauce. Skilled chefs add flavourful touches to house pasta dishes, such as spaghetti bolognese, which showcases ground veal coated in house-made tomato sauce and parmesan cheese, and an oven-braised lamb-shank entree delights palates with its blend of seasonings. Meanwhile, mouths melt the sablefish entree, coated in a white-wine caper glaze and flanked by a bevy of basmati rice and spring vegetables. Meals further pair with sips of beer, mixed drinks, or dancing potions from the bar menu, such as the Laguna Blu martini, a potable amalgamation of blue Curacao, raspberry, and vodka.
NYP Restaurant & Bar's culinary masterminds concoct cuisine ranging from hand-tossed pizzas slathered with homemade sauce to gourmet Angus burgers grilled to customer specifications. Working in tandem with bartenders, the chefs complement each tomato-topped pie or pasta dish with craft cocktails and 20 different signature martinis such as the Tsunami––a surge of coconut rum, vodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and mist. They also serve local craft beers. For some mealtime entertainment, TVs located in the bar and in the restaurant show local sports teams such as the Seahawks and Sounders.
With seven locations across Victoria and Vancouver, Ali Baba Pizza has been family owned and operated for two generations. The highlight of the menu is the boldness of its ingredient pairings. For example, the Pacific salmon pie has salmon and shrimp, the Get Your Goat pie has roasted pears, bacon, and goat cheese, and the caribbean pie has chorizo, pineapple, and raisins. These inventively flavourful pies can be complemented by salads, side orders of cinnamon buns, or just a good book on patent laws.