DINER: A Sneak Peek Inside J.C. Poirier’s Nearly Finished “Pizzeria Farina” On Main St.


A few weeks ago Scout broke the news that the folks behind Pourhouse and chef Jean-Christophe Poirier (ex-Campagnolo, Chow) had joined forces and were working on a new pizzeria in the old Italian Job space at 915 Main St. just off Prior (next to The Cobalt)…

It’s a tiny spot with only a handful of seats, so they’ll be concentrating on take-out and delivery (by bicycle!). Apparently, J.C. and local pâtissier Paul Croteau have been working on perfecting the dough for the past six months. What they’ve come up with is a style similar to what you find in northern Italy (lighter and not as a chewy as Neapolitan). Other awesome things of note are that Craig Stanghetta is in charge of the design (see Meat & Bread, Bao Bei, Stackhouse) and the good folks at Glasfurd & Walker are doing the branding (see L’Abattoir, Meat & Bread, Bao Bei and Scout’s recent redesign). They are looking to open in mid-August.

As you can see from the shots above (landed in my inbox just now), they seem to be on track to meet their target opening date. “I’m really happy with the way everything is coming together,” J.C. says. “The design and layout of the space is exactly what I wanted and the first few pizzas turned out even better than we expected.”

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DINER: Gastown’s “Pourhouse” Team And Chef J.C. Poirier Opening “Pizzeria Farina”

This just landed in my inbox:

Pourhouse Restaurant and Jean-Christophe (J-C) Poirier are excited to announce their new joint venture. Opening soon on Main and Prior, Pizzeria Farina will feature classic Italian pizza served in a casual, sit in or take out environment. The simple menu will focus on traditionally inspired pizza made from local, quality ingredients.

This is going down just a couple of blocks from my house in Strathcona at 915 Main St. off Prior (where Italian Job Pizza used to be). It’s a tiny spot with only a handful of seats, so they’ll be concentrating on take-out and delivery (by bicycle!). Apparently, J.C. and local pâtissier Paul Croteau have been working on perfecting the dough for the past six months. What they’ve come up with is a style similar to what you find in northern Italy (lighter and not as a chewy as Neapolitan). Other awesome things of note are that Craig Stanghetta is in charge of the design (see Meat & Bread, Bao Bei, Stackhouse) and the good folks at Glasfurd & Walker are doing the branding (see L’Abattoir, Meat & Bread, Bao Bei and Scout’s recent redesign). They are looking to open in mid-August.

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Diner: “Pourhouse” Picks Up Adam Johnson And The Guiding Hand Of Chef J.C. Poirier

Ever since the departure of co-owner/chef Chris Irving from Pourhouse (I believe he’s in Russia at the moment), there was a bit of a hole in the Gastown restaurant’s ops. That was filled by J.C. Poirier some three weeks ago. Poirier, the full-time chef de cuisine at Campagnolo, came on board as “executive chef consultant” some three weeks ago. He has designed an new menu and appointed Adam Johnson (the former sous chef to Robert Belcham) as chef de cuisine to execute and manage the kitchen. Poirier will be moonlighting at Pourhouse for at least one year, working with the restaurant in his free time.

GOODS: “Just Like Dinner at Nonna’s” Set To Return To Main St.’s “Campagnolo”

February 28, 2011 

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Campagnolo Restaurant is located at 1020 Main St, Vancouver | 604-484-6018 | www.campagnolorestaurant.ca

The GOODS from Campagnolo

Vancouver, BC | Having fielded many inquiries about taking reservations at Campagnolo, we decided that reservations are a must for these events. “Just Like Dinner at Nonna’s” is available for a maximum of 20 lucky guests in our cozy back lounge and is served at 6pm sharp. To secure a spot for you and your friends please call ahead and make your reservation today. Details after the jump… Read more

Field Trip #583: How To Confit A Pig’s Head With Robert Belcham

by Andrew Morrison | Refuel’s annual Whole Hog supper is on the immediate horizon (this Wed, Oct 27th), so I  popped in to the upstairs kitchen of sister restaurant Campagnolo yesterday to witness chef/co-owner Robert Belcham do the most vital work in his preparations. The task at hand was the main course for the nose-to-tail dinner. It sees a pig’s head centerpiece, from which many distinct nibblies are sourced. To supply the supper’s three seatings, Belcham needs to ready/confit 15 “heritage breed” Berkshire pig heads from Vancouver Island’s Sloping Hill farm, arguably the best pork supplier in the country. Read more

Main St.’s Campagnolo Hosting “A Slow Taste of Italy” Lunch

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Campagnolo Restaurant is located at 1020 Main St, Vancouver | 604-484-6018 | www.campagnolorestaurant.ca

News from Scout supporter Campagnolo

Vancouver, BC | On Saturday, October 16, 2010, Campagnolo Restaurant will host a family style luncheon in collaboration with Welcome Books and Slow Food Vancouver in participation of a “Slow Taste of Italy”; a week long North American event where restaurants from New York to Vancouver, host events celebrating slow, local, sustainable food and Jessica Theroux’s brilliant culinary pilgrimage documented in her book, “Cooking with Italian Grandmothers”.

Chef JC Poirier will prepare traditional Italian dishes inspired by recipes from the book, “Cooking with Italian Grandmother’s” along with select restaurant specialties, served on platters to be passed around and shared with fellow diners. Reservations are priced at $98 per person or $148* per couple and include one copy of Cooking with Italian Grandmothers, wine and gratuity. Partial proceeds from this event will assist Slow Food Vancouver delegates attend Terra Madre 2010. Details after the jump… Read more

Campagnolo’s “Nonna’s House” Dinners Resume On Main Street

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1020 Main St | 604-484-6018 | campagnolorestaurant.ca | 1944 West 4th | 604-288-7905 | refuelrestaurant.com

News from Scout supporter Campagnolo

Vancouver, BC | Just like Dinner at Nonna’s House, a series of home-style Italian meals offered every Tuesday night at 6:00pm for $19 paired with a pint of R&B Brewing Company’s finest, returns to Campagnolo Restaurant, starting October 5 and ending November 9, 2010. Every Tuesday night Main Street diners can look forward to a hearty meal that is guaranteed to warm bellies and hearts, made from quality seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers and purveyors for an affordable price. Past favorites include marinated and roasted Polderside Farms chicken, braised Quebec veal breast and roasted leg of Fraser Valley lamb all served with seasonal accompaniments. Details after the jump… Read more

Stoney Paradise Tomato Season Begins At Campagnolo On Main…

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Campagnolo Restaurant is located at 1020 Main St, Vancouver | 604-484-6018 | www.campagnolorestaurant.ca

News from Scout supporter Campagnolo

Vancouver, BC | During the month of August, Campagnolo Restaurant will celebrate tomato season with an ever changing three course prix fixe menu for $40.00 that showcases tomatoes in every bite until the season ends. Chef de Cuisine JC Poirier will create his menu using tomatoes exclusively from Stoney Paradise Farm and will include artisinal and heirloom tomato varieties such as sun-gold, green zebra and yellow taxicab. The menu will consist of antipasti, main course and dessert all celebrating Stoney Paradise Farm tomatoes. Guests can also indulge in tomato cocktails designed by Barman Giovanni Giardino throughout the month of August. A sampling of tomato dishes to look forward to after the jump… Read more

Campagnolo Unveils “Just Like Dinner At Nonna’s House” Series

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Campagnolo Restaurant is located at 1020 Main St, Vancouver | 604-484-6018 | www.campagnolorestaurant.ca

News from Scout supporter Campagnolo

Vancouver, BC | Just like Dinner at Nonna’s House, a series of home-style Italian meals offered every Tuesday night at 6:00pm for $19 paired with a pint of R&B Brewing Company’s finest, returns to Campagnolo Restaurant, starting June 15th and ending July 20th. Every Tuesday night Main Street diners can look forward to a hearty meal made from quality seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers and purveyors for an affordable price. See what’s on offer after the jump… Read more

Mother’s Day Brunch Italian Style at Main St.’s Campagnolo

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Campagnolo Restaurant | 1020 Main St, Vancouver | 604-484-6018 | www.campagnolorestaurant.ca

News from Scout supporter Campagnolo

Vancouver, BC | Campagnolo is taking reservations for one day only, and just for mom. Book your table for this Sunday, May 9th between 11:30am – 2:30pm and mamma will receive a special treat. Call 604-484-6018 to reserve. Read more

Pizzeria Farina

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Address: 915 Main Street, Vancouver
Telephone: (604) 681-9334
Fax: (604) 681-9337
Facebook | Twitter
Website: www.pizzeriafarina.com
Email: info@pizzeriafarina.com
7 nights a week from 5pm until the dough runs out (check Twitter & Facebook updates)

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Chef: Jean-Christophe (J-C) Poirier

“A correre e cagare ci si immerda i garretti.” – Don’t try to do too many things at once, just do one thing and do it well.

About Pizzeria Farina

Doing one thing really well … that’s what Pizzeria Farina is all about. Jean-Christope (JC) Poirier and the Pourhouse team have created a simple, community-focused, Northern Italian-inspired pizzeria. The menu is simple, consisting only of pizza and beverages, and the atmosphere is stylish, casual and comfortable. There are seven pizzas to choose from; some simple and classic for the pizza purist, others more creative for the non-traditionalist.

“Nella vita – chi non risica – non rosica.” – In life: who risks nothing – gains nothing.

Pizzeria Farina has a classic serve-yourself concept that is meant to inspire a sense of community. “Everyone looks after themselves … from ordering at the counter, to pouring their own water to bussing their own plates.” Customers can enjoy their pizza in-house with a glass of wine or beer (as soon as the liquor license comes through), an Italian soda, or filtered sparkling or still water. Pizza can also be taken out and enjoyed at home. The design is simple and sleek with high-top community tables and window bar seating. Table tops and grocery shelves are all made from reclaimed wood and add colour to the clean white and red environment.

The interior design by Craig Stanghetta is simple and sleek with high-top community tables and window bar seating. Table tops and grocery shelves are all made from reclaimed wood and add colour to the clean white and red environment. The graphic design and branding effort of Glasfurd & Walker is executed with a simplistic and quality approach, represented visually through several meaningful Italian proverbs prominently displayed. Several historic details are also present throughout the space – from the menu board made from a 1950’s butcher paper cutter to the 1980’s Pinarello Pista Bicycle on the wall – a Treviso original. All this is juxtaposed by a modern written-word art installation from local artist Ricky Alvarez, adding some drama to the otherwise simple interior. Pizzeria Farina also sells artisan Italian products: house-made raw tomato sauce, house-made Chili-Infused and Oregano-Infused Olive Oil and anchovies, packed in either salt or oil.

“L’occhio del padrone ingrassa il cavallo.” – “Nobody takes care of one’s business as does its owner.”