In a strange twist of fate, I not only actually ate pizza during my recent work trip, but I actually had it twice.. sort of.
Go ahead.. look at my reviews. I don't remember ever doing any reviews on pizza places, regardless of where I was.
Yet.. here we are. Lets get started, yes?
So, my brother in Toronto suggested that should I return to Vancouver with my parents that I take them to try Steveston Pizza in, well, Steveston Village. The price tag was a little bit nuts ($25 for a 12 inch is the entry fee) but he said it was worth it. Tripadvisor said it was worth it. So, on a Saturday night, right before a glorious sunset, this is exactly where we ended up.
The place itself didn't quite look extraordinary - in fact, I think I may have passed by it the last time I was waiting for Mega Sushi and didn't even raise any eyebrow. Located in the unit adjacent to the main kitchen is a small dining area. It ain't pretty, but it has what you need - plates, napkins, seats, water cooler, and a washroom.
Wanting only to try a piece or two, I opted to order something that was.. fairly boring. Canadian with Back Bacon. Pretty safe bet, and when I took my first bite, I was blown away.
The crust was perfectly crispy. The cheese and meat wasn't overly salty, nor was there a sickening amount of grease oozing out of the slice. All this, during rush hour crowds and no special instructions. Even a night in the fridge didn't stop it from being the best pizza some family members ever ate.
Any time you get unsolicited praise about pizza from a bunch of 60+ year old Chinese people, especially something without fancy ingredients, means you're probably onto something.
I didn't expect to fly 3,500 KM to eat and praise a pizza, but hey, it somehow happened. Certainly not what I ever expected to do.
Now, if the story ended here, it would be a fairy tale ending. Of course, I had to do something to screw that up....
Because it was good damn good, I told my wife, who promptly instructed me to pick some up for her as I was going to head back to Toronto in the next few days. So, the day before I left I purchased three more pies - Mist, Japanese, and another Canadian.
The Mist I had right there and then, as family was with me and I wanted to try the Smoked Salmon. All went well, with it being well received, particularly the use of sweet and tangy flavours in the sauces. The Japanese and Canadian, I put in the fridge for a few hours, and then transferred to Dollarama plastic food containers for transport.
What I ate when back home in Toronto was nowhere as good as what I had eaten while I was in Steveston.
Now, for some reason, the pizza was kind of soggy. The Japanese used white meat for their chicken, and that didn't exactly refrigerate very well, ending up kind of dry. The Canadian no longer had that simplistic taste I experienced in BC, but rather had the taste of fancy Cheese Whiz.
I'm not sure if all of this was due to my handing of the pizzas, or maybe something was different this time because the owner was present handling the actual cooking.
Overall, I'm going to err on the side of "I screwed up" and go with my initial gut feeling.
If you're in the area, hunt down one of the delicious offerings from Steveston. Just.. don't put it into a plastic box and into Toronto bound luggage.
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