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UBC Prospective Undergraduate

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So you’ve applied to UBC and you’re awaiting for your admission decision.

It’s quite a nerve racking process; I remember four years back applying for UBC as my first choice for post secondary studies. Why UBC? There are many excellent universities to choose from in British Columbia. To name a few you have UBC, SFU, UBC-O, UVIC, UNBC, Langara, TWU.

 

Personally:

Yet my choice for UBC came while in high school in BC. I liked their campus. You really get to appreciate and enjoy the beauty of Vancouver.

Next, I like the large campus. UBC has a huge campus and almost like a city of itself, it makes for good exploring and things to do. Importantly, in my opinion, it’s part of the university process. To have somewhere away enough from your norm to experience something different. It’s an incentive to live on campus which is part of the experience you get at university (I’m of the inclination that university is more than education but the networks and experience you build).

Finally, I chose UBC because of the community. I like a big university with a big international community. It introduces thoughts and allows you to intermingle with other cultures and people. It’s interesting and it’s vibrant.

I’m not saying UBC is the university for you (there are a lot of difficult people there too lol), those are simply some of the reasons why I appreciated UBC (there’s lot of eagles too!).

And BTW heads up, the picturesque photo they use in marketing UBC, IS NOT WHAT YOU ACTUALLY SEE…you know what I’m talking about. The sunny rose garden over looking the ocean and mountains. That’s real. It’s by the flag pole past Koerner and Sauder school of business. The sunny weather? Comes once every 7 days in the months from November to March ūüôā

 

Who is this for:

Who is this article for? Well it’s for you, the one reading because you’ve applied to UBC. You’re a UBC Prospective Undergraduate. Congrats ūüôā

 

Firstly, this article is more so intended for the international community coming to Vancouver to study at UBC. I hope it’ll help you get started and know what you can find in Vancouver. Feel free to browse this site for other information about Vancouver from a local’s view point.

 

Next, let me get this out there. I really enjoy meeting people and I enjoy helping people. I enjoy inviting and welcoming people and sharing any experience we can (partly the reason for VancityAsks.com). It’s something intuitive and something I enjoy (yes I used that word a lot). I find it exciting quite honestly.

We at VancityAsks.com would like to extend our genuine assistance for you moving from another country for your studies. If you have any questions about Vancouver please reach out and comment bellow! If you need a ride from the airport, we can help you too.¬†(free) We just really enjoy welcoming people to this amazing city, even at our own expense of time and gas! Basically, this is a formal suggestion that we’d be happy to help you with your transition to Vancouver however we can at VancityAsks.com

 

Now, who else would be interested in reading this?

It’s for you who are still closing near the end of your high school education and looking for something to read while you procrastinate.

It’s for you who grew up in the suburbs of Vancouver (like me) in Coquitlam or maybe Port Coquitlam (good on you – your commute must be enjoyable) who perhaps may not know what Vancouver has to offer.

It’s for you, who’s perhaps currently in Singapore or New York and want to know more about what to expect in Vancouver and UBC.

 

Why is this on VancityAsks.com?

VancityAsks.com is a local question and answer site for Vancouver. We want to discover the best Vancouver has to offer. When you ask, where’s the best pizza in Vancouver, we have the answer from a first-hand local experience. When you’re wondering where you can get the best sushi in Vancouver?¬†We got you covered. Something you’ll come really accustom to is drinking coffee and we also share the best coffee in Vancouver.

So it seems fitting that we also uncover our own experiences about UBC and I hope it’ll help in some way at all with your transition to university. We’re also writing this to get some likes here:

http://www.facebook.com/VancityAsks

 

What to expect:

The waiting process can be frustrating can’t it. I remember refreshing the UBC SSC again on a daily basis waiting for my admission. UBC goes on a rolling admission base on your application strength (the best application gets approved first). My grades weren’t so good, and so my application was the latter to be approved. Foolishly or maybe faithfully, UBC was the only school I applied for haha.

Once you’ve gotten your offer, really consider if you think UBC will be the best option for you economically and personally. (There are some really amazing people and professors at UBC although there are also the fair share of ummm. yeah.)

Now once you’re admitted and you’ve accepted your offer of admission. Up and coming for international students is Jump Start in August. I’ve talked to a lot of friends while at first year residence about their jump start experience and some loved it and some did not like it so much. It is a great way to make friends though. I knew¬†some who simply came early to Vancouver with their family and explored the city together.

When school starts in September, the first week (and even the second) is really relax. It’s a great time to meet new people and get involved with on campus activities. Go to imagine day and check out the (student) club days later on.

Honestly speaking, this video is quite accurate to many experience of their four years at UBC (with some exceptions):

If you’re a keener, it can be definitely worth while to get involve in student government.

Apply to be the first year representative of your faculty student association. I’ve notice, it seems those¬†who go on to further positions in the student government are typically first year reps. I would think because they have the experience, rapport, and network/familiarity to be elected for other positions.

So if you intend on being in the student government later on, be the keener in the first year and apply as a first year rep. I don’t think you get paid for being a first year rep (I was quite an introvert so it wasn’t my bid) but if I’m not mistake the higher positions later in student government do pay quite reasonably.

Also in my humble opinion, if you want to run for student president some time in your 4 years at university and score that $30,000+ salary for the year…you should know, it’s a lot of a popularity contest than a merits in some level. Most of the people who become student president have strong marketing campaigns and are typically part of frats or large clubs (whose members then help with word of mouth pushing for votes). As a voter, inform yourself of each individual platform and vote purposefully.

http://www.ams.ubc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Budget-2013.pdf

Student execs are being paid what?

Learning also comes in different ways as cliche as it sounds. I wasn’t quite the fan of in-class learning and haven’t done so well in my classes (mostly those that I didn’t like) although keep reading outside of class on what interest you. Many of you I know are likely going through university to check that box for a degree. I’ve spoken to many who have gone on to do careers in things outside of their degree scope.

I personally find that university is essential not for the rigid academics (many of which you won’t actually use outside your classroom unless you pursue academia) particularly but for the life skills, experience, and networks.

Go figure this one out, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

That’s pretty much it I suppose in terms of expectation for your first year. Know also that the point above leads to the next, your grades are important but look at it with perspective. Many people (myself included) got really stress about first year grades. It doesn’t really hit you as much until probably 3 months into your first year when you realize relative to others, you appear behind.

Your 90%+ you got in high school is rare in university. Attaining a B is quite a feat for certain classes. Look at the grade distribution here (you’ll need your SSC login now it appears – previously you could access it public):

https://cas.id.ubc.ca/ubc-cas/login?TARGET=https%3A%2F%2Fwebprd01.pair.ubc.ca%2Freports%2Fgradesdist_request.action

You have pretty much everything you need on campus if you choose to live on residence but do take the time to explore Vancouver outside of UBC. UBC is situated to the west of Vancouver in the Point Grey community. It’s near by two communities: (1) Kitsilano – Otherwise known as Kits, check out the beaches, cafes, and eateries. You will find good coffee and donuts at 49th Parallel Coffee shop. You’ll find a beach (you can actually walk there from UBC through Spanish Banks if you’re up for a hike). You’ll find hippy stores. (2) Kerrisdale – It’s a nice, small community you arrive taking the 41 bus or the 43 bus. Here you’ll find good sushi and a nice family orientated neighborhood. ¬†UBC is also 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver by transit for your downtown Vancouver adventures.

Follow Ricardo Seah for his downtown Vancouver adventures: https://www.facebook.com/ricardoseah

Read this Vancouver guide by Alvin Yu:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/alvin-yu/yus-guide-to-everything-vancouver/10151434883321618

Both are UBC students above. Well Alvin, went on to Edmonton to study at University of Alberta.

 

Some tips:

  • Go for the orientation. Go for the campus tours. Make those friends and networks. I attended several UBC events while in high school and it was really useful for me personally. Many of the seniors are very glad to share their experience and they are really friendly (contrary to a “friend” I remembered who told me if they knew we were from high school, we’d be scorned at the events – hence think for yourself.) Imagine what a easier transition it would be if you’ve met a few in your program (or one you wanted to transfer into ūüėČ ¬†) who could tell you about courses and professors to expect. Imagine how much easier it would be to make friends if you could recognize people you met before on campus and get introductions. Imagine how much easier it is for positions at (student) clubs or events if you knew the individuals from a previous encounter. Networking isn’t only exclusive to a specific study. It’s a general good and it’s always nice to make meaningful relationships. Be genuine.
  • The AMS has some nice paid positions for the student government that can be worth applying for. IMHO if you’re looking some extra income, get involve in student government early on and build upwards. Also for international students, if I’m not mistaken you’re allow to work on campus without a work permit:http://students.ubc.ca/career/resources/working-canadaThe AMS does hire for a lot of position and UBC has quite a bit of programs to encourage on campus hiring. It appears you can work off campus too up to 20 hours.
  • Honestly, your first year grade doesn’t matter as much (it does matter) but there’s no point beating yourself up if you didn’t do as good as you expected when you first considered your goals. Sometimes our self expectation can be unrealistic. It’s sad to read occasionally about suicides because of grades that occur in university (and in certain south east asian countries). You have so much potential, you’re admitted into one of the top universities in Canada; you have other skills and gifting so be able to look beyond your grades but for where it matters, you’re paying (or your parents are paying) $10k/year for your studies so do make the most of it.The part it matters is largely with course selection for the second year. Your GPA determines your time for course registration; you want the good courses and good professors. Professors do matter a lot to your learning. Most the professors in the Math, Computer Science, and Economics department are amazing. (with a few exceptions)Study what you enjoy and take some GPA boosters ūüôā I use to think GPA boosters was a waste of credits but they do help and they do matter. Check with the grade distribution link I posted above and choose GPA boosters if you need it. Good GPA boosters are typically intro foreign language courses of course it depends on your bent as well.

 

Final thoughts:

University is an exciting time and a time of transition. You can waste it away or you can make the most of it; we suggest you consider what you hope to get out from your 4 years (or five) and go for it.

It cannot be understated but genuinely choose your friends carefully. Yes, it’s a time where many fool around and reckless decisions but it can also be a time for growth and genuine understanding of who you are. Will you use this four years for your life as a platform or will it be a waste?

Honestly, the programs are such that you can easily make it through without really getting much from your education but why would you? Lastly, control your thoughts and your consciousness. (don’t lose your chooser – don’t let others choose for you. Don’t listen to propaganda. Think for your life and be productive to society. We’re neighbors for a reason.)

I hope you’ll enjoy your university experience whether at UBC or wherever else you go. If you plan on studying in Vancouver from another country, please feel free to reach out to us at VancityAsks.com and we’ll be happy to help however possible. (whether be it question, or being a line of support, or a ride from the airport to your destination – if schedule permits. I may be in and out of Vancouver). Also follow VancityAsks.com to learn more about Vancouver!

 

I’ll probably update this article later when I feel like it; meanwhile after a straight 2 hours of writing, I’m simply going to post as-is. It’s not a graded essay after all. Please leave your comments and thoughts and suggestions. I’m sure there are many others who can provide better tips than these so please do!

Best Sushi in Vancouver

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Updated: March 31, 2017

  • Removal of Hoshi Sushi at Sandbar
  • Miku Sushi up from #4 to #3
  • Added updates about Sushi Bar Maumi and slight commentaries.

Wondering where the best sushi in Vancouver, BC is? We got you covered!  (like the umbrella stuck to your hand the whole of October-February) This list on VancityAsks underlines the BEST sushi Vancouver has to offer.

This is not the best deals sushi¬†(you can call it cheap if you like), we have that too! If you’re looking for the best value sushi then check out our Vancouver’s best cheap¬†sushi here. The best value sushi (in other words, best cheap sushi) would be for those looking for well price sushi that taste good; good value for the most part. Large portions, reasonable quality, and amazingly shocking prices. Yeap! They exists.

Although this list here is for you sushi connoisseurs who want to savor the best of the best. Whether you’re a visitor who have been told about Vancouver’s awesome sushi scene, or a local sushi fanatic…these are the sushi restaurants in Vancouver you want to try! These sushi spots are known for the best quality, best taste, best freshness.

You can rest assure that the five best sushi in Vancouver listed here will satisfy your craving for luxury or uniqueness in quality. Give it a read please (in good Canadian manners… eh).

 

1. Ajisai Sushi Bar

Ajisai Sushi Bar is a little out of the way from downtown Vancouver. (if you’re looking for good sushi in downtown Vancouver, then Miku is the place to be). Still, this hole-in-the-wall sushi bar within the Kerrisdale community is well worth the hike (it’s Vancouver, a green city, so you better be hiking or taking the transit…kidding, 4 AM talk). Ajisai Sushi Bar is as authentic as it gets; it’s ran by a Japanese owner and recommended by other sushi chefs, Ajisai Sushi Bar has built a reputation of excellent quality¬†sushi authentically created for your palate’s pleasure… dare we say, the best sushi Vancouver has to offer? (Maybe, depends on your palate and preference).

Surprisingly, despite it’s reputation, Ajisai Sushi in Vancouver is priced reasonably with a spicy salmon roll at $4 (very standard pricing) and a salmon nigiri at $2. This combines both quality and value which is why we’ve listed Ajisai sushi #1 in our list of best sushi in Vancouver.

Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/ajisai-sushi-bar-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/ajisai-sushi-bar-kerrisdale-vancouver

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d809147-Reviews-Ajisai_Sushi_Bar-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Sushi Vancouver assortment at Ajisai sushi

An assortment of sashimi and sushi from Ajisai Sushi Bar in Vancouver, BC. Looks delectable.

Address: You can give Ajisai sushi a visit at 2081 W 42nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6M 2B4

 

2. Sushi Bar Maumi

Sushi Bar Maumi is a slightly lesser known Vancouver sushi restaurant (not anymore, it has been featured in various media since. Among sushi enthusiasts, Sushi Maumi has been notoriously known¬†as a taste of Japan in Vancouver with sushi chef Maumi serving¬†memorable¬†Omasake experiences for about just $70/person. Freshest seafood imported right from Japan, perfect sushi rice, exact temperature for your enjoyment – did you know, a good sushi chef warms the rice and fish in his hands bringing it to the right temperature before serving for your enjoyment during¬†an Omasake? Which is why, you ought to eat it immediately at serving…such a delicate art.) nestled in Vancouver West-end. Unfortunately, the seating size only accommodates 12 people with three tables and a sushi bar. They do serve take-out but not during Omasake sessions (available only by reservation). At VancityAsks.com we like to feature these locally owned, specialty stores that may be overlooked and Sushi Bar Maumi tops the list. The BEST sushi in Vancouver hands down – for it’s type (authentic, no-frills dining with stupendous quality & freshness.) They have local fish and fish freshly imported from Japan.

This Vancouver sushi bar is renown for it’s precise execution, freshness, and quality. Yet, the prices are surprisingly fair. It may not be the place you go for a large dinner party. They also don’t serve alcohol or rolls. This said, if you enjoy good sushi in Vancouver then Sushi Bar Maumi is your place to go.

Hear from Scottie on Yelp:

“Best sushi in Vancouver. I’m half japanese and my wife was born in Tokyo, we know our sushi and this place is legit”

Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/sushi-bar-maumi-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/sushi-bar-maumi-west-end-vancouver

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d4852892-Reviews-Sushi_Bar_Maumi-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Vancouver's Sushi Bar Maumi Nigri tray

Assorted nigiri at Vancouver’s Sushi Bar Maumi. Wishing you had some now didn’t you!

Address: Give Sushi Bar Maumi a visit at 1226 Bute Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 1Z8

As a further note, looking through their Facebook page is much like browsing through a fish market. The owners at Sushi bar Maumi in Vancouver truly care about freshness and quality of their ingredients.

 

Up for Revision – 3. Hoshi Sushi at the Sandbar:

Hoshi Sushi at the Sandbar¬†is another must try. You get a waterfront sushi experience on Grandville Island. You know it’s quality over quantity because the Sandbar is run by¬†Sequoia Company of Restaurants. They are known effectively for good dining experiences; it’s the same company that runs the restaurant at Stanley Park.

The SandBar is actually a seafood restaurant but it has it’s own sushi bar and sushi masterchef,¬†Hoshi Tsutomu, hence Hoshi sushi. If you’re planning something special and willing to splurge for a memorial night/afternoon then go for Hoshi sushi at the Sandbar. A fair warning however that experience can vary (which is why we’re likely to replace this recommendation).

Yelp: https://www.yelp.ca/biz/the-sandbar-seafood-restaurant-vancouver-2

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/the-sandbar-seafood-restaurant-granville-island

Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d710048-Reviews-The_Sandbar_Seafood_Restaurant-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Address: Visit Hoshi sushi in Grandville Island at 1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3R9

 

4. Miku

Miku is the epitome of fine Japanese dining, with a modern twist. It’s neatly¬†located right by the waterfront (literally 5 minutes walk from Waterfront Station) with views of the Vancouver inlet by Canada Place. It is the mastermind of¬†Seigo Nakamura.¬†Miku is the sister restaurant to another top Vancouver sushi restaurant, Minami.

Whether you’re looking for a celebration experience downtown or a romantic dinner for your significant other, Miku Restaurant is an experience you won’t soon forget.

Take a look at the pictures bellow. You’ll notice that Miku has some creative sushi creations that looks deliciously elegant. We’ve listed¬†Miku as the #4 Best Sushi in Vancouver because their restaurant is not specifically a sushi bar. It’s easily one of the top fine Japanese dining in Vancouver however with delicious sushi. Their rolls are also rather creative and appealing.

Note that Miku Restaurant’s prices reflect the prime location and aesthetically crafted food. Their famous aburi sushi (which is a must-try at Miku) will cost you $17 for dinner. (typically not suffice in portion for a meal in itself.)

As you may know, Miku is no secret to Vancouverites who enjoy good sushi and Japanese cuisine. Read the following review by LongBoardTime on Trip Advisor:

“Was recommended by hotel front desk and did not disappoint. Their signature flame seared salmon sushi with jalapeno has been on my mind ever since.”

Yelp: https://www.yelp.ca/biz/miku-vancouver-2

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/miku-restaurant-downtown-vancouver

Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d1212806-Reviews-Miku-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Best sushi in Vancouver by Miku restaurant

Miku Restaurant in Vancouver is easily Vancouver’s best sushi restaurant right in the center of downtown Vancouver by the waterfront. The best Japanese fine dining in Vancouver.

Address: Give Miku Restaurant a visit in Vancouver and try out their specialty aburi sushi at 200 Granville Street РSuite 70, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1S4
Enjoy great waterfront views at Miku Restaurant.

 

5. Hitoe Sushi

Hitoe Sushi fully deserves it’s spot on the top 5 list of the best sushi in Vancouver. It is known for it’s fresh and authentic sushi.¬†It’s hard to go wrong with any sushi order at Hitoe Sushi. There’s a consistency with the quality and freshness of their food.¬†Hitoe Sushi is one of the few sushi restaurants in Vancouver run by an actual Japanese sushi chef who takes great pride in the food he makes.

It’s situated in Vancouver hippy neighborhood, Kitsilano.

The service is excellent, the decor is authentic and welcoming. The menu prices is a good deal for the quality and service you’ll find at Hitoe Sushi. With this, we’ve placed Hitoe Sushi as the #5 best sushi in Vancouver.

Here’s what Starry4 on Trip Advisor has to say about Hitoe Sushi:

“A few years back, I would have given it 4 stars, but it certainly deserves 5 stars now. It’s not easy to find a restaurant that gets better over the years. A lot of them would just be the same or some may even slide backwards in either their taste or services once they thought they had captured the market. This makes me think that these people at Hitoe not just work hard, they work with their hearts.”

This is what Candy L. on Yelp shared about Hitoe Sushi in Vancouver:

“This place is one of Kitsilano’s, and even Vancouver’s, best sushi restaurants. It’s very well hidden. Upon first glance, Hitoe looks cheap and average (and it is definitely not badly priced!). Take a chance and step inside.”

Yelp: https://www.yelp.ca/biz/hitoe-sushi-japanese-restaurant-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/hitoe-sushi-kitsilano-vancouver

Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d2357901-Reviews-Hitoe_Sushi_Japanese_Restaurant-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Address: You can give Hitoe Sushi a visit at 3347 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6R 1N6
Don’t miss it!

 

There you have it. Hope you’ve enjoyed discovering the best sushi restaurants in Vancouver, BC. Don’t wait, give these delicious sushi restaurants a try share about it bellow. Your comments, feedback, and suggestions are welcomed!¬†As always, the recommendations on VancityAsks are not sponsored; we try to keep it as impartial as we can, disclosing any possible bias to truly discover the best of Vancouver together!

When you think of Vancouver, you likely think of rain, sushi, and beautiful scenery (in that order) so make sure you try Vancouver sushi if you’re visiting from out of town.

Ps. In case you were wondering, why is raw fished called Sashimi:

The Long-short, it means pierced body in Japanese. (sashi = pierced) + (mi = body)

This is apparently from sticking the fish tail and fin to identify the fish being eaten. Besides that, it would make more sense to call it cut fish wouldn’t it? Although kiru, the word for cut, was inauspicious back then, so sashimi it is…so long as it tastes good.

Resource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sashimi

Vancouver Election 2015

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Vancouver Elections 2015

 

Vancouver is separated into a few additional ridings this election to better represent the population density in parliament. Here’s the details on the different ridings along with highlights of each party in Vancouver Elections 2015 riding.

I hope this provides a good summary of what you should know about each party and riding in Vancouver’s 2015 Election. Note however that your decision for which party to vote in your riding should ride on more than this post. (pun intended)

Best Pizza in Vancouver BC

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Updated: December 14, 2017

Dear Readers,

When it comes to pizza, you’re not short of choices in Vancouver, BC or downtown Vancouver for that matter. Walk any two blocks and you’ll see plenty of options but there are times you want to go for the best of the best; something you can bring your out-of-town friends and family to and savor what REAL pizza should taste like.

This is when you visit VancityAsks.com and find where is the best pizza in Vancouver, BC…or check¬†if your favourite pizza place is on the list. Here’s our recommendations for top 5 pizza in Vancouver. There are many more commendable pizza restaurants that we unfortunately do not have the space to list onto the top 5… difficult decisions had to be made, nevertheless please comment bellow to vouch for your favourite spots for the best pizza in Vancouver.

When looking for the best pizza in Vancouver, we looked for authenticity, taste, quality of ingredients, experience including service and atmosphere, and value – because who doesn’t like good and cheap pizza! (only if it’s good.)

BONUS = We will be giving away gift cards to the best pizza restaurants in Vancouver periodically to readers who comment on this article! (As and when…like when Vancouver is depressingly rainy.) So remember to share bellow this article what your favourite go-to pizza joints are to find the BEST pizza in Vancouver!

Without further ado…

The 5 Best Pizza in Vancouver:

(because we like the number 5.)

1. Lombardo’s¬†Pizzeria:

Lombardo’s is easily one of the best Vancouver pizza restaurants. It’s unassumingly nestled in a mall by Commercial Drive although they are famed for their delicious and authentic Italian pizzas for over 25 years! It’s family-owned and operated that uses local and fresh ingredients with an authentic Italian flavor.

Prices are very standard for upscale pizza in Vancouver around $13 – $17 for your Margarita to their signature Blanca (EVOO, grana padano, slow roasted red onions, garlic confit, gorgonzola, arugula). Mmmm.

If you’re looking for pizza that tastes like it was made by your Italian grandmother (if you had an Italian grandmother) then Lombardo’s Pizzeria where you want to go for the best pizza in Vancouver. Quality has since been hit and miss; almost comical is serving boxed ice cream sandwiches for desserts. (Honestly, embarrassing!) Skip their pasta but pizza is good.

Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/lombardos-pizzeria-and-restaurant-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/lombardos-ristorante-and-pizzeria-grandview

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d706373-Reviews-Lombardo_s_Ristorante_Pizzeria-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Pics (for drooling):

Address: 1641 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y3

 

2. Via Tevere Pizzeria:

What does Via Tevere Pizzeria have to offer Vancouver? There aren’t any shortage of good pizza but Via Tevere is different in a good way, that’s why it’s earned the spot at numero due¬†(I had to Google that.) on our list of the best Vancouver pizza restaurants in Vancouver. Different in using real wood-fire to make their pizzas crispy and flavorful. Different in hand-kneading their pizza dough (yes, it’s made fresh.) Different in trying to serve true¬†Neopolitan Pizza; they are first generation Canadians with deep roots in Naples.

The owner grew up in Naples and understands what it takes to make authentic Neapolitan pizza. Via Tevere even has a travelling Pizzeria in the form of a food truck that roams Vancouver streets; most often found at Burrard street and Pender street on Tuesdays to Fridays.

Via Tevere Pizzeria menu is not extensive but perfectly sized with only the best of Italian food in Vancouver. Dinner menu includes options such as their daily pasta, antipasto, home-style meatballs or polenta for appetizers. Their true specialty however is Vancouver pizzas (priced reasonably from $13 for the classic¬†Margherita to $21 for the¬†Capricciosa –¬†Tomato, Ô¨Āor di latte, prosciutto cotto, salame, artichokes, mushroom, olive). Great for sharing as a family dinner or eating all by yourself. (I won’t be complaining about that when the pizza is this good!) Try their desserts as well specifically the “GraÔ¨Äe con Nutella” because who doesn’t like nutella on handmade Neapolitan fritters? You can be sure, Via Tevere Pizzeria in Vancouver won’t be serving you ice cream sandwiches as gelato (at least, I hope not!) Speaking of which, if you’re looking for the best gelato in Vancouver, then look here.

Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/via-tevere-vancouver?osq=Via+Tevere+Pizzeria

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/via-tevere-grandview-vancouver

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d3488975-Reviews-Via_Tevere_Pizzeria-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Drool-worthy Pics:

Best Pizza in Vancouver for good reason. Pizza by wood, stone oven.

Looks good doesn’t it? You should try it. That’s why we’ve listed Via Tevere Pizzeria as the #3 BEST pizza in Vancouver.

Address:¬†1190 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 4G5 (Further making the point of how many pizza restaurants there are in Vancouver – just look at this map of the Commercial Drive neighborhood. Within this area there are Lombardo’s Pizza, Fire Pizza, Pizza Garden, and Via Tevere Pizzeria! That’s not even considering the other generic options like Fresh Slice, Pizza Hut, or Domino’s – which isn’t really worth mentioning when you’re looking for the best pizza in Vancouver. Which we ended up mentioning, just like Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never” song. He was Canadian till the Americans ruined him. Technically, still Canadian – once every five years when he comes to Vancouver to renew his passport…via private jet.)

 

3. Pizzeria Farina:

Pizza Farina is the product of Ask for Luigi and located well in Stratacona. (Pizzeria Farina is like the more liked younger child compared to Ask for Luigi because pizza > pasta.) This hole in the wall pizza restaurant is open from 5 PM (because nobody eats pizza at 5 AM unless they are drunk) till their dough runs out…and they run out of dough on a nightly basis! (rather quickly, so come early to avoid being disappointed.)

It’s a small restaurant. Pizza Farina in Vancouver, BC is known for old school design and quality with traditional ingredients on their homemade dough for some good rustic pizza. They have the classics but also a daily special if you want to eat there every day of the week (which you just might after you’ve tried pizza at Pizzeria Farina), you got variety still. If you’ve been to Ask for Luigi as recommended on our 5 Best Italian Restaurants in Vancouver then you should definitely give Pizzeria Farina a visit as well.

If you’re on a pizza crawl to find the best pizza in Vancouver, you can’t give Pizzeria Farina a miss. Surprisingly for such quality and artisan flavors, (add free hipster aromas) prices are similar to Via Tevere Pizzeria with a classic Margarita at $13. Drop in for the pizza but not for the ambiance because the restaurant is small, making it packed when crowded; best for takeout. No-frills, delicious authentic thin-crust pizza in Vancouver, BC.

Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/pizzeria-farina-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/pizzeria-farina-strathcona-vancouver

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d2390371-Reviews-Pizzeria_Farina-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Pics (for drooling):

Pizza of the day at Pizzeria Farina Vancouver pizza store

Pizza of the day at Pizzeria Farina in Vancouver.

Address: 915 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2V8

 

4. Pizzeria Barbarella

Pizzeria Barbarella is the epitome of good pizza as sworn by many pizza enthusiast. The fans of Pizzeria Barbarella are also some of the most committed and competitive Italian foodies; you’ll find them proudly claiming Pizzeria Barbarella as the best pizza in Vancouver (for good reason)¬†as if they owned the restaurant themselves. You’ll find classic pizza made right at Pizzeria Barbarella; how you would find it in Italy. A little bit like this.

It’s a family owned and run pizza store that has quite a personalized experience. You can meet the owner and the pizza is good! They use fresh, local, and organic ingredients in their pizza – three wins! It’s good Italian style pizza in Vancouver.

Superb, outstanding, amazing, satisfied…these are some words that you’ll find customers of Pizzeria Barbarella describe the delicious pizza served at this cozy family pizzeria. The pizza restaurant in Vancouver is located about 20 minutes from downtown on busy Broadway street right about where Fraser street intersects. It’s an unassuming store nestled between various eateries (close to pho) and close distance to VCC (Vancouver Career College) – making it an excellent location.

Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/pizzeria-barbarella-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/pizzeria-barbarella-mount-pleasant

Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d2589348-Reviews-Pizzeria_Barbarella-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Pizza in the oven at Pizza Barbarella Vancouver

Pizza Barbarella Vancouver – Pizza in their stone oven.

Address: 654 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 1X6

 

5. Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria:

Here’s a little novelty pizza concept that has since became exceptionally popular among franchisees and patrons alike. It’s worth a mention. Unlimited toppings, you-choose, you-build, make-it-yourself, pizza that has caught on in Canada and the United States. (We’ve tried some build-yourself pizza in Vancouver that’s awful because the crust gets soggy without the proper dough or stone oven.)

Firecrust is one of several unlimited toppings pizzeria you will find in Vancouver. We have chosen it because their crust importantly is good and the location is conveniently nestled downtown on Davie street. The pizza is then baked in their stone oven; it’s as quick as 90 seconds when the oven is at 600 degrees. (The difference between a stone oven and those fake individual pizza ovens some other franchises use that leave the crust soggy.)

It may not be very authentic once you start loading your pizza with pineapple, bacon, and the likes but if you’re looking for delicious pizza in downtown Vancouver with unlimited toppings, then Firecrust Pizzeria is your pick. It is good value at $10.95 for a 12 inch pizza with as many toppings as they have (except prosciutto which costs an additional $3.) As they say in Naples, “Buon appetito!”

Yelp: https://www.yelp.ca/biz/firecrust-neapolitan-pizzeria-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/firecrust-neapolitan-pizzeria-downtown-vancouver

Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d11728149-Reviews-Firecrust_Davie-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Pics:

Firecrust Pizzeria Vancouver - Good pizza in Vancouver.

Delicious pizza waiting to be eaten at Firecrust Pizzeria in Vancouver on 808 Davie Street. Choose your own toppings for one price.

Address: 808 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2S2

Honorable Mentions – Good Pizza in Vancouver, BC:

As mentioned, there are so many good pizza restaurants in Vancouver that it is hard to find only the five best pizza in Vancouver. As with competition, quality and value increases for customers. There are many other great pizza restaurants in Vancouver that haven’t quite edge it on to our top 5 list. These are still worth visiting and trying if you enjoy good Vancouver pizza.

Goldies: Not the best pizza in Vancouver BUT it is good pizza (albeit pricey – you’re better off at Firecrust or Farina around downtown Vancouver) but convenient location with good thin-crust pizza.

Address –¬†605 W Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6B 1W7

Martini’s Restaurant:¬†One of the original wholewheat pizza crusts in Vancouver. Excellent pizza. Highly recommended by our friends on Facebook.

Address –¬†151 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1P4

Pizza Garden: The staple for many pizza enthusiasts looking to get a quick bite of delicious Neapolitan pizza. They make good and simple with a variety of delicious toppings, available by the slice or the whole pie. The pizza is baked in a stone oven for extra crispness for the crust with the right amount of chewy-ness to the crust (very important for good Neapolitan pizza). Reasonably priced at $6.50 for two slices and a drink/water. Nothing extravagant that

Address – Franchise with several locations in Vancouver, but downtown Vancouver @ 675 Smithe St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2C9

 

Well there’s our top 5 best Vancouver pizza recommendations. We want to hear your feedback. Feel free to comment bellow and share your opinion, thoughts, dissatisfaction on these recommendations… or suggest any other pizza restaurant you think should be in the top 5 best Vancouver pizza. Let’s give tourists and locals alike the chance to experience the best of our amazing city, yeah?

Thanks for reading. We hope you enjoyed our recommendations for the Best Pizza in Vancouver! We hope you go try them. (As usual, all content on VancityAsks is non-sponsored to truly find the best of Vancouver, impartial. Composed with community feedback, suggestions, and first hand experiences – we want to share the best of Vancouver…not just the fake touristy – often paid – suggestions you get from the concierge either. When voting system is in place only the biggest businesses who annoy their customers win – you end up getting only franchises winning with marketing budget, instead of the mom and pops style restaurants; we want to find the low-key spots and the well-known bests alike!)

Ps. It was hard to choose between good and best, but we’ve tried. We get it! If X store isn’t on the top 5, the list ain’t creditable. Well, if you insist so, leave a comment bellow and we’ll look at it. Note that everyone’s taste is different so we’ve tried our best to list the top 5 Best Pizza in Vancouver. I recommend you give each of these stores a visit.

Best Italian Restaurants in Vancouver

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Vancouver has no shortage of Italian restaurants to savor authentic Italian cuisine from pastas, pizzas, to cannoli. Unfortunately with the multitude of choices, knowing which ones to visit can be tough. You can’t go wrong with most Italian Restaurants in Vancouver although there are those gems that are absolutely a top 5 MUST-try as far as Italian Restaurants in Vancouver are concerned.

We encourage you to share your own recommendations in the comments bellow about your favourite Italian food in Vancouver!  We’ll be updating the list accordingly.

It‚Äôll be great to have the community’s opinion on which Italian restaurants in Vancouver are numbered by your count!

 

Here are the top 5 Best Italian Restaurants in Vancouver (Three are popular favourites and 2 are up and coming for you hipsters! We know you’re out there!)

1) Nook: Nook is an authentic Italian restaurant in Vancouver. Customary to any good food, there‚Äôs a wait but it’s well worth it. Well-deserved 4.5 star ratings across on Trip Advisor, Yelp, and Zomato. Pasta is made from scratch and fresh ingredients are always used in the kitchen. Nook‚Äôs customers know they are getting the best Italian food available in Vancity. What‚Äôs interesting is Nook doesn‚Äôt take reservations so get there early. Don’t miss a visit the Nook for great Italian food in Vancouver.

“It was so good we had to go back and try something else! Service was friendly, prices were very fair and the food was amazing!” – Shauna P. (Trip Advisor)

Freshly made pasta at Nook Restaurant in Vancouver, BC

Freshly made pasta at Nook Restaurant Vancouver.

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d1468777-Reviews-Nook-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/nook-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/nook-west-end-vancouver

Address: 781 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2L6

 

2) Lupo: Lupo is a must-try in Vancouver if you’re seeking good Italian food. The restaurant is uniquely set in a heritage house near Smithe Street and Burrard easily accessible downtown. The food has their fans on edge with the carefully crafted Italian cuisine being served up (with a friendly service). Reviewers are closing in 5 stars for Lupo as a Vancouver Italian restaurant. If you’re giving Lupo a visit make sure to go for their freshly made pasta. One of the best Italian restaurants in Vancouver that you absolutely have to savour downtown.

‚ÄúRight up there with some of the best Italian restaurants I have tried. Pasta dishes were fresh, with creative combinations of ingredients.‚ÄĚ –¬†comingforthesun (Trip Advisor)

Lupo Vancouver Italian Restaurant Google maps

It’s a homely Vancouver Italian Restaurant both in looks, experience, and taste. Lupo Vancouver street view on Google Maps

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d710524-Reviews-Lupo_Restaurant-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/lupo-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/lupo-yaletown-vancouver

Address: 869 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2R7

 

3) Ask for Luigi: Infamously the hole in the wall for Vancouver’s Italian cuisine, Ask for Luigi is a small dining area packed with tables that delivers on its name. The Italian food at Ask for Luigi is as familial as their name. (Closely set, cooking for friends and family with quality ingredients, decisively and thoughtfully put together). It seems as with most good Italian restaurants in Vancouver, Ask for Luigi does not accept advance reservations and is typically packed with a waitlist around. It’s located around Gastown towards East Hastings.

‚ÄúVisited Ask for Luigi on 23rd August. Don’t be fooled by the location. We knew that they didn’t take bookings and being a little jet lagged we thought we would get there when it opened at 5.30. It didn’t seem like a great part of town but at 5.30pm there were already queues around the block and a waitlist. We were lucky enough to get in however. Service was exceptional. Relaxed, efficient, warm and the food was amazing. The style is quite rustic and the dining room quite small but it works perfectly. We loved it.‚ÄĚ –¬†hotski7 (Trip Advisor)

Ask for Luigi Vancouver pasta

Ask for Luigi Vancouver Italian Food. Spaghetti. Picture courtesy of Ask for Luigi

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d5562584-Reviews-Ask_for_Luigi-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/ask-for-luigi-vancouver?osq=Al+Porto

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/ask-for-luigi-downtown-eastside-vancouver

Address: 305 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1C4

 

4) Al Porto Ristorante: Arguably one of the¬†iconic,¬†authentic Italian restaurant in Vancouver; this Italian ristorante is located right by waterfront station. The Italian restaurant which was established since 1978 provides indoor and outdoor seating with delicious, mouth-watering food. I‚Äôm a little bias, reminiscence of personal experience. This Vancouver Italian restaurant is almost an establishment with it’s existence since 1978 situated in an old brick building at 321 Walter Street (this is approximately 5 minutes walk from Waterfront) and right in front of the Gastown Clock. It’s very decorated in it’s interior as a true Vancouver Italian restaurant which seems to inspire an cozy, Italian family like experience. Prices at Al Porto are very reasonable for fine Italian food in Vancouver. The food and service is phenomenal; Al Porto also offers excellent wine pairing recommendations for their food upon request. Be warned, as with any good Italian food in Vancouver, the restaurant is always packed with¬†hungry guests and their a refined palate for good Italian food.

‚ÄúVisitor or local, you will enjoy Al Porto’s menu, ambience and value. Given its location in historic gastown and close to the cruise ship terminal, Al Porto attracts many tourists. As locals, my partner and I have been going to Al Porto for many years and we recommend it wholeheartedly.‚ÄĚ –¬†bryanmcgrath2015 (Trip Advisor)

Al Porto Ristorante Vancouver Italian food in Gastown

Delicious Italian food at Al Porto Ristorante in Vancouver BC. Gastown.

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d762961-Reviews-Al_Porto_Ristorante-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/al-porto-ristorante-italiano-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/al-porto-ristorante-gastown-vancouver

Address: 321 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B8

 

5)¬†Don Francesco Ristorante: If you’re looking for good rustic Italian cuisine with family-like service then Don Francesco is the place to go. This fine dining experience features top quality ingredients with “treasured”¬†Sicilian family recipes coupled with fresh seafood. Don Francesco¬†was opened by Francesco Alongi in 2002 with his experience in Italian food dating to 1975 (where he opened his first Italian restaurant in Vancouver – which had since closed). Today, Don Francesco is is located right across from Sutton Place Hotel on Burrard street in a small corner unit. They are known as a fine-dining Italian cuisine for romantic dinners along with¬†their impeccable service. Prices are on the higher end even for fine Italian dining in downtown Vancouver. Known for their delicious Ceasar salad, lobster linguine, and ¬†home-made deserts.

“The food was excellent! True Italian meal! The portions are huge but worth every bite! If you are looking for a good true Italian meal with a beautiful setting, this is the place to go! Will be back!” –¬†Vantoptours M (Trip Advisor)

Don Francesco's Italian Restaurant Vancouver BC spaghetti and meatballs

Tastefully presented spaghetti and meatballs from Don Francesco’s Italian Restaurant Vancouver, BC.

Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d684207-Reviews-Don_Francesco-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Yelp: https://www.yelp.ca/biz/francescos-ristorante-italia-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/francescos-ristorante-italia-downtown-vancouver

Address: 860 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1X9

We haven‚Äôt quite made up our mind about the fifth recommendation of Italian restaurants to try in Vancouver so we‚Äôd like you to have the input. ¬†Some further considerations are Yaletown L’Antipasto, Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca, Italian Kitchen, Trattoria. There are too many wonderful¬†Italian restaurants in Vancouver to choose from. Yaletown L’Antipasto is well known for authentic Italian food.¬†Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca is also nestled in Yaletown, serving delicious Italian and Mediterranean food by¬†Giuseppe ‚ÄúPino‚ÄĚ Posteraro; they truly make phenomenal food including their home-made pasta with a fresh taste to their dishes. Italian Kitchen is part of the Glowbal group of¬†restaurants and have been known for precisely cooked Italian food, professionally prepared for a delicious meal. Trattoria is another Vancouver favourite for Italian food once again by the Glowbal Group. All of these make excellent options for Italian restaurants in Vancouver.

 

Thanks for reading our suggestions of the top 5 must-try Italian restaurants in Vancouver. If you have any suggestions or disagreements, please share in the comments bellow.

Top 5 Best Italian Restaurants

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