Local pizza places that are creative and delicious
By Jerrison Oracion, Senior Columnist
Pizza is a food that many people like because of how customizable it is. Many pizza places that you can only find in the Lower Mainland make artisan pizzas that you can’t get in any run-of-the-mill Pizza Hut or Domino’s. These pizzas are made fresh with local ingredients. The places that sell them experiment with new flavours that could be instant favourites for you and your friends. Here is my guide to great pizza places in the Lower Mainland.
Flying Wedge Pizza
Opened by three University of British Columbia graduates in 1989, Flying Wedge makes a pizza that is high quality and has a lot of flavour. One pizza slice is very big, with toppings that go all the way to the edge of the crust. It has natural cheeses, with herbs and flax in the crust. Flying Wedge has received a lot of awards in the past few decades and they have a lot of original flavours including the Perogie Polka, the Szechuan Chicken, and the Korean Chi. There is a location near the David Lam campus and they have a deal where when you buy a pizza, you can get the second one at half-price.
The pizza is very thin because they roll their pizza dough 100 times. This makes it crispy when you eat it. They use six different types of cheeses to make each slice have a sharp taste. They have a variety of Italian-influenced pizzas, including their featured pizza this month—the Chicken Parmigiana! It has marinara chicken and breaded eggplant topped with mozzarella, parmesan cheese, basil, and ground pepper.
This pizza place is our preferred one when we eat pizza in the Other Press office. They make pizza in the Neapolitan way. This means that they use specific kinds of mozzarella and tomatoes in order to create a very authentic Italian flavour. They bake their pizza in a brick oven and the result is a pizza that has bubbles in the crust and a smoky taste. Some of the ingredients that they use are directly imported from Italy. They have a location near the New Westminster campus, so you can get a delicious pizza even when you’re cramming for exams.
Freshslice has a lot of different locations all over the Lower Mainland and they make their pizza with local, fresh ingredients. They even give you the option of getting a pizza with different slices of different flavours. Their pizza has a garlic taste and it is chewy with a very thick, bready crust. They have a new pizza called the Hat-Trick, which has three different toppings, three cheeses, and three sauces.