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Hot pies in the city at Farina, Vancouver

grayelf | Aug 22, 201103:42 PM

Ventured down to check out one of the newer entries in Vancouver's 2011 pizza derby. This is a gritty corner, so bless JC Poirier and co's endeavours. We tried three pies, the margherita ($12), the calabrese ($14) and the finocchiona ($14).

Apparently the sauce is made with fresh tomatoes which might account for the pleasing lack of sweetness (to me at least). I thought the margherita was the superior pie of the three in both dough and toppings. The soppressatta and the fennel sausage were flavourless to me; though both my dining companions detected some fennel in the latter, I did not. I also thought the nicoise, one of my two favourite olives, could have had more oomph.

The room is simple but well appointed, and will be much more comfortable if the front window is replaced with one that opens out as rumoured. It was a leetle hot in there yesterday :-).

Three pies for three people was a lot of pizza, at least on a hot day. We had one quarter left over of the finocchiona, which was inexplicably cut in four pieces whereas the first two were in six.

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