GOODS | Gastown’s Nicli Antica Pizzeria To Launch New “Happy Hours” Special Today

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | www.niclipizzeria.ca

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Vancouver, BC | A happy result of the recent modernizing of BC’s liquor laws has been the introduction of ‘Happy Hour’ throughout the province’s beverage and dining establishments. Bill McCaig, owner of Nicli Antica Pizzeria is very happy to announce that as of Monday, October 6th, Nicli Pizzeria will be offering a “Happy Hours” special daily from 3pm to 5pm.

Enjoy 50% off the price of a classic Margherita Pizza (regular $13) and 50% off tap beer. Tap beers currently available include Italian favourite Peroni Nastro Azzurro ($7), plus local craft brews Phillips Blue Buck ($6), Driftwood Fat Tug IPA ($6) and Parallel 49 Old Boy ($6). On-tap offerings are subject to change.

“It’s a great way to unwind late in the afternoon and we look forward to celebrating the ‘Ora Felice’ with our patrons.” says McCaig. Learn more after the jump… Read more

DINER | Inside The Italian Tapas Bar “Next Door” To E. Cordova’s Nicli Antica Pizzeria

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by Andrew Morrison | I recently took a look inside the construction site of Next Door, the new Italian small plates eatery that is literally next door to its big brother, the award-winning Nicli Antica Pizzeria on East Cordova St. in Gastown. As you can see from the shots below, it’s quite different from its unsuccessful predecessor, Vicino Pastaria & Deli. For starters, the seating capacity has beautifully mushroomed from 16 to 50, which basically transforms the entire space, and it’ll be an evenings-only operation, Wednesday to Saturday.

The concept of shareable “cicchetti”-style small plates will likely fly better. Expect “stuzzichino” snacks like a “Not So Scotch Egg” (Italian sausage wrapped around fresh mozzarella stuffed with a runny egg yolk, served with a spicy egg white aioli), and small plates like Saltspring Island mussels with spicy Italian sausage in a tomato and white wine broth and house-made ricotta gnocchi with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. For drinks, expect classic Italian cocktails and 10 Italian wines by the glass. From the PR:

“Next Door is making the wait for Neapolitan pizza at Nicli that much more enjoyable. We want Next Door to become part of the Nicli experience -you can start with a drink and an appy at Next Door, then go next door to Nicli for pizza. We see Next Door as a place where you can come by for a pre-dinner drink and snack before doing a Gastown hop, or, if you are looking for a night out, order a few more plates and make an evening of it here,” says Nicli and Next Door General Manager Anthony Sterne. “Vancouverites have really taken to share-plate dining and it’s a concept that is very Italian. In Italy, they eat dinner much later than in North America. Evenings generally start by meeting friends for an aperitivo and light snacks followed by a full dinner later and ends with more wine and conversation with more friends. It’s a very social way of life. By opening Next Door, we are hoping to replicate that ‘dolce vita’ feeling.”

They were looking to open as soon as next Thursday, June 26th, but that might prove a little too ambitious. Either way, it looks and sounds like a worthwhile place to check out as soon as it’s unlocked. Stay tuned…

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GOODS | Gastown’s Nicli Antica Pizzeria To Open “Next Door” At The End Of The Month

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

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Vancouver, BC | Vancouver’s top pizzeria, Nicli Antica Pizzeria, is set to open some new doors towards the end of this month. Next Door is the name of Nicli’s new room opening right ‘next door’ to the pizzeria. It occupies the space that formerly housed Vicino.

Chef Dave Tozer is in the final stages of the menu development, but will concentrate on a mixture of Italian-inspired snacks and small plates. The concept is share plates – similar to Spanish tapas (called ‘cicchetti’), hand-crafted, modern classic cocktails with an Italian-focused wine list to complement Nicli’s award-winning list. This is social dining at its Italian best. Picture sharing braised pork belly with a white bean cassoulet, a plate of arancini, a steaming bowl of chorizo and mussels in white wine, a medley of bruschetta or mini fried pizzette accompanied by a rich Nebbiolo, Super Tuscan or glass of prosecco. Chef Tozer is also producing his own house-made ricotta, salumi and a selection of fresh pasta dishes – just a few dishes to tempt your taste buds and imagination. As at Nicli, Next Door’s menu will change to reflect seasonality of ingredients.

“Next Door is making the wait for Neapolitan pizza at Nicli that much more enjoyable. We want Next Door to become part of the Nicli experience – you can start with a drink and an appy at Next Door, then go next door to Nicli for pizza. We see Next Door as a place where you can come by for a pre-dinner drink and snack before doing a Gastown hop, or, if you are looking for a night out, order a few more plates and make an evening of it here,” says Nicli and Next Door General Manager Anthony Sterne. “Vancouverites have really taken to share-plate dining and it’s a concept that is very Italian. In Italy, they eat dinner much later than in North America. Evenings generally start by meeting friends for an aperitivo and light snacks followed by a full dinner later and ends with more wine and conversation with more friends. It’s a very social way of life. By opening Next Door, we are hoping to replicate that ‘dolce vita’ feeling.” Read more

GOODS | Gastown’s “Nicli Antica Pizzeria” Introduces New Appassionato Menu For 2

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

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Vancouver, BC | Everyone knows that the Italians are a passionate people – legendary lovers, great artists, superb wine-makers and amazing cooks who insist on only the finest ingredients. They don’t do anything by half measures and throw their heart and soul into the fine art of living well.

Starting Monday, March 3rd, Nicli will give you the opportunity to wine and dine like a true passionale Italian. Nicli is combining its amore of fine vino and Neapolitan pizza in a special three-course prix fixe Pizza Appassionato Menu for Two priced at $45. Each menu includes a shared antipasti, two pizzas and dessert. The Pizza Appassionato Menu is available only Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for either lunch or dinner and it will change weekly to reflect the seasonal availability of ingredients.

If that isn’t enough to set your heart a-flutter, each time a Pizza Appassionato Menu for Two is purchased, one name will be entered into a monthly draw to win a very special bottle of wine. Each month will showcase a different wine and the odds of winning depend solely on how many menus are sold during that month. March’s wine is a very special bottle – Flaccianello delle Pieve 2009 (100 per cent Sangiovese) which retails for $250. The only stipulation is that the wine must be enjoyed with your next meal at Nicli.

Monthly draws will take place at 4pm on the last Friday of the month and winners will be notified within 24 hours. Winners will also be posted to our Facebook page. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS | “Nicli Antica Pizzeria” Aims To Lay Out A Six Course Dinner On New Year’s Eve

December 5, 2013 

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

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Vancouver, BC | No one appreciates a good party more than the Italians and La Festa di San Silvestro, New Year’s Eve to everyone else, is one of their favourite celebrations. As with most Italian ‘Festas’ this one centres on a well-laden table filled with symbolic foods – pork (abundance), lentils/grains (prosperity) and grapes (wisdom) to name a few. This year, consider ringing in the New Year Italian-style at Nicli Antica Pizzeria. Chef Dave Tozer has designed soul an stomach-sating 6 course dinner that pays homage to traditions while updating them for New World palates. Dinner is priced at $75 per person and includes a celebratory Prosecco Cocktail, taxes and gratuity. Details and menu after the jump… Read more

DINER | The Top 10 Pizzerias In Vancouver #2: Gastown’s Revolutionary “Nicli Antica”

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“Revolutionary” is a strong but fitting term to describe Nicli Antica, the sexy pizzeria that got Vancouverites salivating when Scout first broke the news of its coming back in April, 2010. Up until this point, Vancouver had never enjoyed a pizzeria certified “authentic” by the watchdog Vera Pizza Napoletana association, so it holds a dear spot in our hearts as the one that ramped up this city’s pizza game by a factor of awesome.

There are plenty of pizzas to choose from (including a sweet Bianca with rosemary potatoes and gorgonzola), but our fave is the Capocollo with fior di latte, red onions, capocollo, chili oil and plenty of arugula on top. And don’t miss their classic pasta e fagioli to start – think gigandes white beans, pasta, kale, and grana padano parmesan in a hot tomato and pork broth! Bonus: perfect tiramisu.

62 East Cordova | Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

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GOODS | Gastown’s “Nicli Antica Pizzeria” Is Now Accepting Reservations For Lunch

November 11, 2013 

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

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Vancouver, BC | Award-winning Nicli Antica Pizzeria announced today that starting immediately it will now be accepting reservations for lunch. “We’ve always tried to keep things informal on a first-come basis,” says General Manager Anthony Sterne, “but with the holiday season just around the corner, we did not want our guests worried that they might not get a seat when they wanted one. This is especially a challenge during lunch when people have a limited amount of time in which to dine.”

As a result, Nicli will now be accepting reservations for lunch only (dinner remains on a first come basis). It doesn’t matter if you are a party of two or a party of ten, reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 604-669-6985. Nicli is open for lunch every day starting at 11:30am. Read more

GOODS | “Nicli Antica Pizzeria” Set To Join Forces With Unibroue For Delicious Detente

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

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Vancouver, BC | On September 10th, Nicli Antica Pizzeria is teaming up with Quebec’s iconic Unibroue to present an evening of ‘beer and pizza’ like no other. Hailed as Vancouver’s ‘Best Pizzeria’ (Vancouver Magazine Awards, WestEnder, Georgia Straight), Nicli continues the century-old tradition of creating Neapolitan pizzas the proper way – by hand and using only the best seasonal ingredients. An early leader in the craft-beer movement, Unibroue has gained Canada-wide recognition for its ‘on the lees’ Belgian-style of beer.

Nicli’s Chef Dave Tozer has created a five-course dinner that is sure to incite praise – be it in Italian (‘splendido,’ ‘fantastico’), French (‘magifique,’ ‘formidable’) or ‘Foodie (‘yum’). The menu features four pizzas plus dessert – each course carefully paired with one of Unibroue’s distinctive brews. The dinner is value-priced at $45 – a good bargain in any language

First course starts gently with an EVOO-based pizza of Pecorino Romano, goat cheese, heirloom tomatoes and arugula napped with a balsamic reduction. This has been paired with Unibroue’s Blanche de Chambly, a delicate wheat beer that will subtly complement the pizza’s garden-fresh flavour. The second course pizza features caramelized onions, fresh thyme, fennel sausage with PEI smoked cheddar. This has been paired with Ephémère Apple with its delicate balance of sweet and tart undertones and Granny Smith profile.

Unibroue’s golden ale, Fin du Monde, is the brew of choice to complement Chef Tozer’s pizza highlighting late-summer ingredients – roasted local corn, zucchini and organic grass-fed strip loin with grana padano and fiore de latte finished with an arugula and gorgonzola fondue drizzle (just the description of this pizza should make your mouth water). The final pizza of the dinner features the robust flavours of sopressata combined with roasted chilies, tomato sauce, pecorino romano, oregano and fresh basil finished with chili-infused EVOO. It is paired with an equally robust beer, Unibroue’s multi-award-winning Maudite – a flavourful amber-red ale with an assertive crisp finish.

Stone fruit cobbler accompanied by vanilla bean gelato ends the evening on a sweet finish. Beer with dessert? ‘Mais oui’ say the French contingent and the Italians concur ‘naturalmente,’ as Ephémère Cherry, with its refreshing taste reminiscent of a dry rosé with cherry undertones, provides the perfect flavour counterpoint to the cobbler’s fruit.

The dinner starts at 8:30 p.m. Unibroue’s Kelsey Atkinson will be in attendance to talk about the pairings and the beers. The very reasonable price of $45 per person includes the meal, the pairings, tax and gratuity. Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be obtained on Eventbrite. Read more

GOODS: Le Vieux Pin & LaStella Set To Pair With Gastown Eateries For Special Suppers

Le Vieux Pin is located at 34070-73th Street outside Oliver, BC in the Okanagan Valley | 250-498-8388 | levieuxpin.ca

Le Vieux Pin is located at 34070-73th Street outside Oliver, BC in the Okanagan Valley | 250-498-8388 | levieuxpin.ca

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Oliver, BC | South Okanagan sister wineries LaStella and Le Vieux Pin will bring a taste of Tuscany and a flavour of France to Vancouver this month when they present winemaker’s dinners at Nicli Antica Pizzeria and Cork & Fin.

Gastown’s Cork & Fin restaurant will be saying bonjour to French influenced wines from Oliver’s Le Vieux Pin for a special winemaker’s dinner on June 12th, 2013. Seven Le Vieux Pin wines have been carefully selected to pair perfectly with a delicious seven-course tasting menu ($99) from Cork & Fin presented by Le Vieux Pin’s General Manager Rasoul Salehi.

Dishes include asparagus terrine matched with Le Vieux Pin’s 2011 Sauvignon Blanc; chicken & mortadella tortellini paired with Vaila rose and roasted NY strip loin partnered with their 2010 Syrah. Le Vieux Pin’s sister winery LaStella’s flagship Moscato d’Osoyoos will be making a special appearance as a pairing with a mascarpone parfait for dessert.

LaStella brings a taste of La Dolce Vita to Vancouver’s Nicli Antica Pizzeria restaurant this June 25th, 2013. Nicli’s award-winning Neapolitan pizzas will be paired with Tuscan-inspired wines from LaStella’s Osoyoos’ vineyards. The intimate event will take guests on a culinary journey featuring four antica (Italian for ‘authentic’) pizzas ($60) paired with five newly-released LaStella wines: from Vivace Pinot Grigio and Leggiero Chardonnay, to LaStellina Merlot Rosato rose, Fortissimo red and Moscato d’Osoyoos dessert wine. LaStella’s General Manager Rasoul Salehi will be introducing the wines at the sleek Cordova Street restaurant. Read more

GOODS: Gastown’s “Nicli Antica Pizzeria” Set To Celebrate Margherita Month In June

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

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Vancouver, BC | June 1889 is a significant month in the history of Italian cuisine. That’s when a humble Neapolitan tavern owner named Raffaele Esposito won the praise of Margherita of Savoy, Queen of Italy, by serving her a local peasant specialty – a flatbread, which he designed in the colours of the Italian flag in honour of her visit to Naples. To create the red, green and white of the flag, he topped the flatbread with simple, local ingredients: tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil leaves. It was the first time cheese had been melted on the traditional flatbread, and he named the new dish after the Queen. Legend has it that she was so delighted by it that she insisted that a wood-fired ‘flat-bread oven’ be installed in the palace. Thus was born the first Pizza Margherita which would set the standard for all future pizzas for generations to come.

In the intervening century and a half, pizza has spread around the globe – with versions and variations as diverse as the people who make it. There is, however, still one universal standard for pizza excellence based on that very first Margherita pizza. That standard was created, and is maintained, by the AVPN (Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana) in Naples, Italy. In 2009, the European Union protected Neapolitan pizza with its designation as a Specialty Guaranteed Dish. Nicli Antica Pizzeria is the first pizzeria in Vancouver, and amongst the first in Canada, to receive the official AVPN designation. To celebrate June’s significant place in food history, Nicli and AVPN North American President, Peppe Miele, are declaring June Official Margherita Month.

From May 28 – June 30, Gastown’s Nicli Antica Pizzeria will be producing and/or hosting a number of fun events and special promotions bound to appeal to pizza lovers – Pizza with Peppe, Margherita Lunch, La Stella Wine Dinner, Dine Like an Italian, Margherita Cocktail and PINQ Presents a Royal Affair. Full details on all these and more can be found on Nicli’s website. Get all the details after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Gastown’s “Nicli Antica Pizzeria” Seeks Assistant Manager

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

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Vancouver, BC | Nicli Antica Pizzeria an award winning pizzeria is looking to hire someone with the passion and desire to help build our business. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years experience in the restaurant industry with the last 2 years in a management position. We are looking for someone who can not only lead on the floor but has experience with marketing and social media, building events with a keen eye for cleanliness and service. If you think you have what it takes, we’d love to hear from you. This position is full-time and will require an open availability both mornings, nights and weekends. All interested parties can contact anthony@niclipizzeria.ca and learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more

GOODS: “Nicli Antica Pizzeria” Set To Host Craft Beer & Neapolitan Pizza Dinner Series

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

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Vancouver, BC | Beer and pizza – it’s become a classic Canadian combination. Whether it’s an after game celebration, before class quick bite, or dinner out with friends; beer and pizza is everyone’s ‘go to’ casual meal. It’s become so ubiquitous that most of us take it for granted. Not at Nicli Antica Pizzeria where they continue the century old tradition of creating Neapolitan-style pizzas the proper way – with love, by hand, using the only the best seasonal ingredients.

Coming up in May are three Craft Beer and Pizza Pairing Dinners that may just have you appreciating beer and pizza with a whole new respect. “We are very excited to be partnering with three of BC’s top artisan breweries,” says Nicli owner Bill McCaig. “Like a wine-pairing dinner, it’s a great way to showcase the flavour profiles in the beer and how they complement our pizzas. For these initial dinners we are so pleased to be working with Parallel 49 (May 13), Driftwood (May 20) and Howe Sound (May 27). They demonstrate the same care and attention to beer-making that we do with our pizzas. We think this may be a Vancouver first and if they’re well received, we’ll do more.” Details and tickets after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Acclaimed “Nicli Antica Pizzeria” Elevates Pizzaiolo David Tozer To Chef Role

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

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Vancouver, BC | Bill McCaig, owner of Nicli Antica Pizzeria, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Tozer to the position of Chef. Chef Tozer has been with the restaurant as Lead Pizzaiolo since February 2011. A graduate of the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, where he was a recipient of its ‘Finishing Touch’ Award, Chef Tozer spent his early career honing his skills in a number of Vancouver restaurant kitchens before joining Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company in 2009. “It was my experience with Rocky Mountain that taught me about the importance of working with local, seasonal and artisan-produced ingredients. I caught the ‘pizza bug’ there. When the opportunity came to join Nicli and take my skills to the next level, I jumped at the chance. I believe Neapolitan-style pizza to be the highest expression of the Pizzaiolo’s craft and Nicli Antica Pizzeria is the best there is.” Read more

GOODS: Gastown’s “Nicli Antica Pizzeria” To Plate Special Supper On Valentine’s Day

January 28, 2013 

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | www.nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

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Vancouver, BC | “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore” croons Dean Martin, but courting couples or BFFs won’t have to worry about pizza hitting anything but their taste buds when they celebrate the feast day of San Valentino at Nicli Antica Pizzeria in romantic Gastown. For one night only, Thursday February 14th, Nicli will be offering a very special four course ‘Love at First Bite’ menu compreso created by Executive Chef Chris Picek. Menu and details after the jump… Read more

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