Since Canada Takeout launched #TakeoutDay on Wednesday, April 15, Canadians across the country have rallied together to support their favourite local restaurants by ordering takeout or delivery every Wednesday since.
Canada Takeout has resulted in an increase of 15 percent to over 60 percent in sales for participating restaurants, with many restaurateurs coining Wednesdays, “the new Friday”.
Encouraged by overwhelming public support to celebrate the food industry by ordering takeout, Canada Takeout has been rolling out its “Food Holidays” campaign. Because who doesn’t love a reason to celebrate food every week?
Next up on June 24 is Pizza Day. Pizza is the ultimate takeout food to share and enjoy with close friends and family, whether through delivery to your home or for takeout to bring to a socially distanced picnic in the park. Or if you want to treat yourself to a pizza all to yourself, more power to you! #noshame
For the perfect drink to pair with your pizza, try an Italian sparkling drink. Sanpellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages are made with delicious tea extract and Italian fruit juice from concentrate, bringing to life sweet and refreshing flavours that complement the delicious richness of a slice of pizza pie.
Pizza Day. Photo: Canada Takeout
Here are 10 of the best restaurants in Vancouver to order takeout from in celebration of Pizza Day.
A young Italian restaurant with an old Italian soul, this quaint spot in Gastown offers a compact Italian menu, with pizza at the forefront. Try Di Beppe’s latest feature, which includes confit chicken, caramelized fennel, radicchio, ricotta cream, and grana padano. Their pies are offered in two sizes -- pizza in pala (to serve singles or couples) and pizza al metro (to serve a party of 3-4 people).
In Latin, the word “ignite” means ‘to start a fire’. That is the spark that drives Ignite Pizzeria’s burning passion for serving stone-baked, artisanal pizza. Their pizzas are categorized by carnivore, herbivore, and vegan, and have fun names such as 'So Fun(ghi)', with tomato sauce, mozzarella, double soppressata, and mushrooms.
This cozy Neapolitan pizza eatery in Chinatown has a concise menu of thin-crust pizzas for takeaway. Customers can choose from tomato sauce and white sauce pizzas, with many vegan options available. Pizzeria Farina’s current special is the 'Ratatouille Pizza', with roasted eggplant, marinated cherry tomatoes, zucchini, roasted onions, sliced garlic, peppers, chili and ricotta cheese on tomato sauce and topped with basil.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN FLATBREAD
The award-winning flatbread pizza and homemade pasta family restaurant provides a variety of local and organic, nut-free, gluten-wise, and vegan options on their menu. Interested in having a pizza party at home? You can order Rocky Mountain Flatbread’s pizza-making kit complete with dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and your favourite toppings to create your own DIY pie!
NAT’S NEW YORK PIZZERIA
As the story goes, Nat’s New York Pizzeria's thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizza recipe originated from co-founders and cousins Nat and Franco Bastone's great, great, great grandmother's kitchen in Naples, and eventually made its way from Italy to NYC in the 1990s. Their menu consists of specialty meat lovers and vegetarian pizzas, such as the pizza named after their restaurant’s neighbourhood, Kits Italiano, with broccoli, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and black olives.
AJ’S BROOKLYN PIZZA JOINT
A slice of Brooklyn on East Broadway, AJ’s Brooklyn Pizza Joint pays homage to the five boroughs of New York City through their thin-crust Sicilian slices. Favourites include the Brooklyn Sicilian Square, with mozzarella, Sicilian tomato sauce, and olive oil, topped with pepperoni and spicy sausage, and their pizza in tribute to Vancouver, the Mount Pleasant Veg, with garlic oil, shredded mozza, arugula, and artichoke, finished with lemon oil.
This rustic East Van staple’s homemade pizzas are made with local, fresh, and organic ingredients. The Divano is one of Pizzeria Barbarella’s must-try pies, consisting of vegan alfredo, potato, roasted cremini mushrooms, truffle oil, rosemary, and green onion.
LOMBARDO’S PIZZERIA & RISTORANTE
Specializing in wood-oven, thin-crust pizza, Lombardo’s Pizzeria & Ristorante stays true to their original Italian recipes. Their hand-tossed pizza dough is topped with mozzarella cheese and vine-ripened tomatoes that are sourced annually from Italy. Popular menu picks include The Drive Pepperoni, with grilled artichokes and chopped tomatoes, and the new Adriatica pizza, containing spicy inferno sauce with salami and onion quark cheese.
This Italian restaurant in the heart of Little Italy on Commercial Drive serves authentic cuisine prepared with care in traditional Italian fashion. Sopra Sotto’s wood-fired pizzas and homemade pastas are best enjoyed when shared, family-style. New to their menu are two pies -- Tonno e Cipolla, with San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella, oil preserved tuna, onion, olives, capers, and Sicilian oregano, and Salsiccia, with San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella, homemade spicy sausage, roasted red peppers, onions, and grana.
VIA TEVERE PIZZERIA
Named after a street in the heart of Naples, Via Tevere Pizzeria honours the importance of family and food in the Neapolitan way of life. Of utmost significance is the pizza, which has become the iconic symbol of the Italian region. Napoletana pizza, made with tomato, fior di latte, anchovies, and basil, is representative of Neapolitan ingredients and the traditional wood-fire cooking method.
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