It seemed like not that long ago I was a serial complainer about the lack of high quality, authentic pizza in Vancouver. Thanks to recent injections by the likes of Nook, Campagnolo and Nicli Antica Pizzeria, the bar has been raised, and I’ll be the last to complain whenever news comes that yet another option is one way.
NOVO Pizzeria & Wine Bar is coming to 2118 Burrard Street, just off West 6th next to Fifth Avenue Cinemas (formerly the Indendio West location). The 88 seater will boast over 2,000 sqft of indoor space with another 34 seats on a south facing patio. As you can see from the photos below, there’s still plenty of work to be done, but we can expect to see it sometime around the start of August.
NOVO will be the first ever restaurant from a pair of long-time East Vancouverites named Carmine Paradiso (best Italian name ever) and Roger Visona. Their dream is to serve up real deal Neapolitan pizza made in a wood-burning oven, just like in their ancestral homeland.
Scott Fitch (ex-Figmint, Feenie’s, Hilton Vancouver) will be in charge of the front of house. He detailed this information in an email this morning:
Staying true to their Italian roots, Carmine and Roger traveled to Los Angeles to train at the North American branch of the Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN) – an association established by the Italian government to preserve the techniques, tradition and art of Neapolitan pizza making. From there, the two friends spent another six months developing their menu for NOVO – and incorporating the preparation techniques learned at VPN.
The dough for each of NOVO’s Neapolitan pizzas will be made from “00” stone-ground
Caputo – the number one choice of pizzaiolis (pizza makers) in Naples – and then aged 72 hours, a technique that gives the dough an array of complex flavors. Add some fresh, quality ingredients and buon appetito… you have the perfect comfort food.
Along with an expansive wine bar, classic Italian cocktails and rustic pizzas that will be fired up in a 900-degree wood-burning oven – which naturally imparts flavour into every pie – NOVO features a full menu that includes antipasti, salads, panini and a variety of home-style pasta dishes reminiscent of their childhoods (think chicken ravioli soup, gnocchi, Bolognese and fettuccini carbonara).
Sounds pretty sweet. For decor, they’re shooting for an old-world feel with modern, elegant touches, “the kind of place one might come across while strolling a side street in Naples or Rome.” We wish them luck. Break a leg.
good luck, can’t wait to try! You know, I’ve been involved with food all my life with my dad being a culinary chef so I know how hard you guys will be working.
John, Wendy, Nick, Alex, Lucas, JT and Jack Naso.
Love authentic Italian pizza and dishes so we are very much looking forward to this new place to dine.. Very happy to also read about there being a patio! The news that there will be a “blend ” of the authentic with a modern touch decor makes it sound all the more appetizing! The decor brings to much to the dining experience!
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Will be waiting to try out “NOVO”
I’m really excited for this addition to the city.
Cant wait to experience what NOVO has to offer!
The West side has been void of a good pizzeria for quite a while now so I’m glad that I won’t have to travel too far now to have authentic yummy pizza.
[…] an 88 seat pizzeria and wine bar, will open next to Fifth Avenue Cinemas this August. As usual, Scout Magazine broke the news. According to their write-up, NOVO’s owners, “traveled to Los Angeles to train […]
There’s been a pizza place in that location for ages.
Yeah there was, (Incendio——- HORRIBLE) but it’s new owners and looks totally different. I poked my head in the other day and it doesn’t even look close to the same. Looks like they have a fair bit of work to do though. Hopefully the food is better. Who knows. Sounds good though.
I had a peak in Novo today before going to a movie at 5th ave theatres. It is very impressive what they are doing in there. They were burning some wood in their oven and the place smelled so good. Looking forward to trying their pizza!
…will be interesting to see where the crowds go – Bibo is doing a great job on 4th. The pizza maker there is crazy good and the owners passionate.
But even with a new go-to-place-for-great-pizza in Kits… Novo sounds somehow better…..
It would be great for all if the hype lives up and delivers with product.
I will be first in line with my 3 and 5 year old – they speak the truth about pies out of wood burning ovens. Definately no filters.
Thanks for your words Chef Fowke. We are all very excited to! Can’t wait for people to be able to enjoy a great Pie … people of all ages! Wink…
I have been watching with great anticipation as I live across the street!
I hear that the pizza will be divine and will use secret ingrediants!!!