Coming Of “Via Tevere” Means Our Year Of The Pizza Ain’t Over

To think that I used to bitch about our lack of quality pizza! After the arrival of Campagnolo a couple of years ago, they’ve come in a rush with one popping up after another every few months. First there was Nook, then Tavola, then Nicli, then Bibo, then Campagnolo Roma and, most recently, Verace. Tonight we welcome the opening of Pizzeria Farina on Main, and then put our waiting caps back on for Novo and Pizzeria Barbarella, both of which can’t be that far off now. Think that’s enough? Me neither.

Enter the 40-50 seat Via Tevere Pizzeria Napoletana, which is scheduled to open at some point this Fall in the lovely old building at 1190 Victoria Drive. The new joint is owned by a pair of real deal Neapolitan brothers, Domenic and Giorgio Morra. You might recall that they opened East Van’s Ragazzi in 2003 (serving up hybrid NYC/Neapolitan pies), and doubled down with the Mobile Ragazzi Pizza food truck last year.

“Via Tevere” is the name of the street that their father grew up on in Naples (to this day it remains in the family as a summer retreat). “Our inspiration is a love of all things Neapolitan – the city, the people and most importantly the food,” Domenic says, adding that the menu will feature antipasti and pizzas that will “pay homage to the traditional pizzerias that line the streets of Naples.” All of the ingredients – not to mention the cooking methods and equipment –  will be Neapolitan, including the restaurant’s pride and joy, a wood-burning oven.

It seems Vancouver’s “Year of the Pizza” is far from over. No complaints here.

There are 8 comments

  1. I am so excited to hear this will be a pizza place! I have always loved this building and was hoping it would be turned into a restaurant as I live down the street.

  2. I didn’t know that Tavola serves pizza. Is that new? Maybe Van Mag will have a new award category for all these fantastic pizza places.

  3. Ack. I think I was wrong on that score. I think of Nook and Tavola as a package deal. I can’t remember them having pizza on their menu.

  4. Just got back from a trip to Europe and Vancouver’s alcohol prices are some of the highest in the world on par with Norway and Sweden when you factor in tax and tips! Something has to be done. We might look at elimination of tips with the replacement of a reasonable service fee to be added to the bill. Is a lowest price of $10.00 (Abigail’s) glass of wine plus tax and tips reasonable in today’s economy?

  5. Can’t wait to try out this amazing locally-owned restaurant in the Drive neighbourhood!

  6. I’ve been waiting for this place to open since I first heard about it. I’m looking forward to some authentic Neopolitan pizza. These guys know how to make a great pizza!!!

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