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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.

Kitchen Table Expands to Chinatown: Take a Look Inside New Daytime Deli and Wine-Focused ‘Cantina Di Luigi’

Just a year after opening on E 12th Avenue, Mercato Di Luigi is expanding to Chinatown. The new flagship at 213 E Georgia St features a deli, in-house bakery, and 'Cantina Di Luigi,' a wine-focused restaurant offering evening dining inspired by Italian cantinas.

New Restaurant ‘Selene Aegean Bistro’ Slated to Open in Hastings-Sunrise

The fourth venture from the restaurant group behind Vancouver's popular Nammos Estiatorio, Loula's Taverna, and Ama Raw Bar, aims to open its latest concept this fall.

A Cornerstone of Strathcona Community Life is Reopening Under New Ownership

More than a shopping destination, the new Union Market will be a venue for slowing down and connecting.

Via Tevere’s New Main Street Location Opens May 15th!

The long-time Victoria Drive neighbourhood (and city-wide) favourite is set to migrate its antipasti and Neapolitan-style pizza game westward to a second location on Main Street next week.