Last Updated: February 11, 2022
When it comes to pizza, you’re are not short of choices in Metro Vancouver, City of Vancouver proper, or even downtown Vancouver for that matter. Walk any two blocks and you’ll see plenty of options (for pizza, but especially cafes in Vancouver).
However, there are times you want to go for the best of the best pizza in Vancouver; these are times when you’re searching for something you can bring your out-of-town (even Italian) friends & family to, and savor what REAL good pizza in Vancouver should taste like.
This is what you’re going to find a few paragraphs bellow…the best pizzas in Vancouver, BC.
Many Good Pizzas in Vancouver, but we want to find & share the BEST Pizza in Vancouver:
There are many more commendable pizza restaurants that we unfortunately do not have the space to recommend onto the 5 best pizza in Vancouver article… Hence, difficult decisions had to be made; nevertheless please comment bellow to vouch for your favourite restaurants in Vancouver, for the best pizza in Vancouver.
Your opinion matters. We look to curate the local’s opinion together so your comments and feedback will directly improve the recommendations for the best pizza in Vancouver. However, not everything is taken equally; you can’t please everyone so we do careful fact-checking to ensure accurate representation of the best pizza restaurants in Vancouver. So much work for pizza you say? It is worth it!
Searching for the BEST Pizza in Vancouver, BC:
When looking for the best pizza in Vancouver, we looked for <1> authenticity, <2> taste, <3> quality of ingredients, <4> experience including service and atmosphere, and <5> value – because who doesn’t like good & cheap pizza! (only if it’s good.)
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Without further ado…
The 5 Best Pizza in Vancouver:
1. Lombardo’s Pizzeria:
Lombardo’s is easily one of the best Vancouver pizza restaurants. They offer both take-out and dine-in.
It’s unassumingly nestled in a mall (Il Mercato) by Commercial Drive (the vicinity of 1st Avenue and Commercial Drive is known as Little Italy for Vancouver) 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 is where you want to go for the best pizza in Vancouver.
Note of Caution however – Quality has since been hit and miss; almost comical is serving boxed ice cream sandwiches for desserts. (Honestly, embarrassing!) Skip their pasta and desserts, but pizza is good. Nevertheless, for these reasons, we may soon be revising Lombardo’s Pizzeria from the #1 Best Pizza in Vancouver to somewhere on our best pizza in Vancouver article; despite the article being about the best pizza in Vancouver, such lapse with other menu items may reveal a lack of attention to detail, or excellence and quality… that we look for on VancityAsks.
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 admittedly.) on our list of the best Vancouver pizza restaurants in Vancouver.
Different as in using real wood-fire to make their pizzas with a crispy crust, and flavourful fragrance (Enjoy Neapolitan-style pizza with a burst of flavour & fragrance from the wood fire; the way it was made when pizza was first invented in Italy because they certainly didn’t have electric ovens in 997 AD ?). Different as in hand-kneading their pizza dough (Yes, it’s made fresh.) Different as in trying to serve true Neapolitan 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, ﬁor 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 “Graﬀe 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.
Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d3488975-Reviews-Via_Tevere_Pizzeria-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html
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.
Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d2390371-Reviews-Pizzeria_Farina-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html
Pics (for drooling):
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.
Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d2589348-Reviews-Pizzeria_Barbarella-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html
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!”
Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d11728149-Reviews-Firecrust_Davie-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html
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.
Pizzeria Barbarella should be on that list. I think they should be number 1, but since that spot is already taken…
Pizzeria Barbarella is on the list at #4. 😀
Cotto Enoteca on Hastings in Burnaby is a must on any top pizza lists!!
GREAT! Thanks for your suggestion Norman!
Thanks for your suggestion Beth! Have a great day
Gigi’s on broadway
Venus pizza in new west
Trocadero next to Bon’s
Excellent suggestions Dan. Thanks for your input!
Novo restaurant and wine bar on Burrard at 5th. We have tried almost every thin crust Pizza in and around Vancouver including your top ones listed. Novo’s is the best, by far. Small intimate great pizza…
Thank you Shelley! That sounds excellent. We will certainly consider it for the updated list; always appreciate the small, local, family-owned shops.
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