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Photo Visit – Nicli Antica Pizzeria – March 2014

2 Apr

62 East Cordova
Vancouver, BC
V6A 1K3

T: 604 669 6985
www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

For some reason I’ve been having major pizza cravings lately (perhaps stemming from our Italian trip in October) and, with Nicli being one of my favourite pizza places in the city, I made it a point to return twice in March to get my much-needed fix. My sister and I were able to get a table on a Wednesday evening at about 8pm without any hassle but if you want to be assured that you won’t have to wait in-line at all, try a lunch time on the weekend – I was recently back for lunch with B on a Saturday and we walked straight in. Alternatively, you can join their wait-list by using the no-wait app.

Although I hadn’t been to Nicli in a while, they are still turning out great food in a modern space. My only complaint is that they won’t cut the pizza for you (I asked) and so it can be a bit of a struggle to cut your pizza on the slippery white plates.

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Nicli Antica Pizzeria – photo visit

4 Feb

62 East Cordova
Vancouver, BC
V6A 1K3

T: 604 669 6985
www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

After a night of karaoke with friends a sleep-in was definitely in order today. By the time B & I got motivated to leave the house it was lunch-time so rather than visit our usual brunch spot of Nelson the Seagull, we walked a little further down Cordova street and visited Nicli instead. It had been a while since we have been and it was good to return.

Lunch had a steady flow of customers but it was no-where near as busy as I have seen it in the evenings, which was nice as we didn’t have to wait for a table. We opted to share our pizza’s so that we could both try two different pizzas. Both were delicious and as satisfying as I recall from my previous visits.

Nicli Antica Pizzeria (return visits)

6 Apr

62 East Cordova
Vancouver, BC
V6A 1K3

T: 604 669 6985
www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

Brief Description: This funky new addition to the Vancouver food scene brings us something we haven’t seen here before; authentic Neapolitan pizza. Yes, the real deal!

My last post was all about grains and healthy living. I talked about miso soup (yawn) and salads (double yawn). Yes, yes…I know that eating healthy is good for me. You know it’s good for you too but surely you’d much rather daydream of pizza (really, really good pizza)? I thought as much. It’s like I know you too well.

You want it, you got it! Here is some pizza porn to get your day-dreams in full swing. They were taken from my most recent trip to Nicli Antica Pizzeria. And, yes, the pizzas taste as good as they look.

Since opening in February, I have been back to Nicli many times and I’m happy to report that the quality has remained consistently high. These are fantastic pizzas, folks. If you haven’t been, you should. End of story.

The Diavola (first picture) is meaty, with a hint of spice. As is the case with all of the pizzas at Nicli, the ingredients are simple and unfussy. You will only find tomato, parmigiano, fior di latte, hot sopressatta (a cured dry salami), basil, and a drizzle of chili oil, on this pizza. And that’s all it needs.

The Funghi (below) is even less fussy with a simple adornment of tomato, parmigiano, fior di latte, mushrooms and basil. Nicli lives the saying “Less is more”. Their doughs aren’t filled with preservatives, the tomato sauce is not complicated with added herbs or sugars, and the toppings are simple and fresh. They have it right and it is evident in the flavour.

Seriously…what are you waiting for? These pizzas are amongst the best in Vancouver (depending on your tastes, maybe even the best).

Final Thoughts: Nicli is still hitting it out of the park with their authentic Neapolitan pizza. They’ve yet to put a foot wrong with me so I will be returning.

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Nicli Antica Pizzeria

3 Mar

62 East Cordova
Vancouver, BC
V6A 1K3

T: 604 669 6985
www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

Brief Description: This funky new addition to the Vancouver food scene brings us something we haven’t seen here before; authentic Neapolitan pizza. Yes, the real deal!

Although Vancouver has a great food scene (and one that I am even happier with after my recent trip to Seattle) there are a few things that Vancouver could do better. One of those things, along with better South East Asian food, is pizza. The topic of who makes Vancouver’s best pizza has been hotly debated for quite some time but I do believe we have finally found a genuine contender. (For the record, Nook has always gotten my vote for the best pizza).

If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to visit Italy and eat away from the tourist traps, then you may have already been welcomed into the wonderful world of authentic Neapolitan pizza. If you haven’t then you should make a visit to Vancouver’s newest pizzeria, Nicli Antica Pizzeria, and allow your cherry to be popped.

Don’t be mistaken – a pizza joint this is not! You will not find bits of chewed up crust on the floor, nor will you be given access to an all-you-can-eat pizza bar. This is a genuine pizzeria and it is classy. And don’t let the gritty location on East Cordova allow you to think otherwise. Exposed brick meets gleaming, crisp white features, such as the floor-to-ceiling oven, to create a stylish and modern restaurant.

The menu is simple – pizza. Oh, and a scattering of salads and antipasti. But, really, you come for the pizza and considering that it is the main event it is not surprising that a lot of care and skill has gone into making it. The dough is made from “00” flour and formed by hand. The tomatoes are San Marzano’s (reputed to be the best) and the oven is a traditional wood-fired “Acunto” made in Naples. This bad boy has an internal heat of 900F so it can churn out pizzas in 90 seconds flat. The result? Oh, it’s pretty amazing. Think of a light and fluffy base that comes complete with sporadic flame-kissed blisters. All of the pizzas start with a thin layer of delicate tomato sauce and rounds of fior di latte mozzarella cheese before other ingredients are added. Ama-ZING!

The classic Margherita is wonderfully uncomplicated and the simple ingredients (tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil) speak for themselves. The menu offers a total of ten pizzas and choices include Napoletana (oregano, garlic and anchovies), Proscuitto Crudo (parmigiano, fior di latte, basil and prosciutto crudo), and the Diavola (parmigiano, fior di latte, hot sopressatta, basil, and chili oil), amongst others. Prices range from as low as $9 to $20. The affordable wine and beer menu pays homage to Italy and includes beers like Menabrea and Peroni.

It would seem that I was not alone waiting for the grand opening of Nicli, which was a painful seven months overdue. I was surprised to find that I had to wait 40 minutes for a table in their opening week. The bar was full of hip, young things all eagerly awaiting a table at the newest restaurant in town. As a foodie, this warmed my heart. People were not only willing to travel to the East side in search of good pizza, but they were willing to wait for it! *Happy sigh* If you don’t want to wait for a table, I suggest going in for lunch. I was seated immediately.

Final Thoughts: If this pizza is not the best pizza in Vancouver, it is very, VERY (!) close. For me, I still can’t turn my back on Nook. Thankfully, I don’t have to choose. I can continue to visit both. What I do know for sure is that I will be back at Nicli time and time again. Their pizza is a much welcomed addition to the Vancouver food scene.

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