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.