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.
Since Villages Pizza’s launch in 1974, it has expanded to seven locations and an express pizza truck, all purveying the same wholesome pies. The pizzas are topped with fresh produce and lean cuts of meat, and they can start with a whole-wheat or gluten-free crust if desired. People with dietary restrictions can also find comfort in lactose-free cheese and lower-calorie flatbreads, although more classic ingredients comprise the bulk of the menu.
As a second-generation pizza maker, owner John Papaloukas is responsible for the eatery’s traditional Italian recipes, plus some new inventions with Mexican leanings. The pesto perfect pie is topped with roasted chicken breast, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and feta, and baked pasta dishes highlight the flavours of lean meatballs, marinara, and oven.