Not Just a Film

A few weeks back we met up with the ever busy Quanetts for some pizza at their favorite local joint. Having driven by Pizzeria Barbarella many times (mostly at night on our way home from the Bradley Hamm residence) Chad and I were quite intrigued by this hipster joint.

Pizzeria Barbarella

The inside was cool. Very sparse. It screamed hipster but that was cool with us. You know how we roll.

Pizzeria Barbarella

The menu was simple and to the point. We started with olives because we always start with olives.

Chuck

While waiting for A & A Chad discovered Dario staring at us through the window.

Brenta

OK. Dario wasn’t actually ON the crane, but it was his job site.

Me

I watched the birds fly around.

acqua

Serving water in wine bottles is the cool thing to do, if you didn’t already know.  The water wasn’t quite “Frizzante” but it wasn’t quite “Naturale”. It was kind of like they took normal water and ran it through one of those “carbonate your own drinks at home” devices. Kind of neat.

Diavola

Diavola. He has to get this at every place when he first eats there. He likes to judge places on an even playing field. Not to mention he just loves his Devil Pizzas.

Filetti

I had the Filetto so as to compare it to my favorite pizza at Via Tevere. It was good, but it was definitely missing a POP of flavour. The big difference was that Barbarellas Filetto had cherry tomatoes and Teveres Filetto has San Marzano tomatoes and you can’t really compare they two because San Marzano always wins.

The left overs the next day where choice, however.

A & D

The Quanetts had just got back from their Euro vacation so it was fun to hear about all the adventures they had. We had just attended D & G’s wedding so we also got to compare Summer Wedding notes.

A & C

Look at these two smiling fools. Aren’t they adorable!?

It was nice to catch up with Adam and Alicia and it was great to get out and try a new pizza place. You know you’re obsessed when you’ve essentially been to every one in the city. And can we hang out with these guys more often too? I miss them.

Crostoli For Life

Not this past weekend, but the weekend before, we got together with the God Parents to partake in the annual Crostoli Making Day. A few weeks early this year, we celebrate Carnevale with decorations, sweet treats and good friends.

Helpers
King Crostolo Dough

Rolling out the dough nice and thin.

Chad
Beads
Word

Thankfully we don’t have to flash the hosts in order to get these beads.

Helpers
Lard Eaters
Before the Fry

I forgot how intense fried lard smells. Every item of clothing we wore had to be wash immediately.

Dario Yea!
Helpers
Helpers

The battle over the sugar is always the best part of the afternoon. Too much! Not enough! You’re spilling! Hurry up! Spread it out! Do you know how much sugar costs!?

Chad
Picture Time
Helpers
Helpers

Got canoli? Priceless.

Helpers
Helpers
Helpers

Lady T had to step out for a moment and Mama Rossi had to take over the deep frying which was quite the scene. No one has ever done the deep frying before. Lady T is the only one who has the right touch.

Stealing

Always with the sneak attack.

There is nothing like ending the weekend on a sugar high.  Its great having new people join us each year. Watching them preform the rather easy task of sprinkling sugar over the warm crostoli while being yelled at the entire time is supremely entertaining. Another year of deep fried traditions in the books!

Beauty and the Meat Slicer

A little while ago, while we were still living with the parentals, Chad and I were looking at all the Air Miles we had accumulated over the years and thought that we should do something with them. Of course, planning a vacation was not the first thing that came to our mind (I have no idea why not), buying things for the kitchen was what we wanted to do.

When we realized Air Miles sold deli style meat slicers and we had more than enough to purchase one, we became obsessed with the idea of having one. Not only was it super cool and made us look fancy, but it would allow us to buy large amounts of sodium filled cured meat at a discounted price and then slice them at home as we needed them.

Nom nom nom!

Meat Slicer Ciavarro
Meat Slicer Ciavarro
Meat Slicer Ciavarro
Meat Slicer Ciavarro
Meat Slicer Ciavarro
Meat Slicer Ciavarro
Meat Slicer Ciavarro
Meat Slicer Ciavarro

Chad has become the Master Deli Slicer. He has it down to a science and weighs out his meat just like in the deli. It’s kind of adorable to watch.

Talking about slicing meats and making sandwiches actually reminds me of a very important topic I have yet to discuss; Tim Hortons and their damn Paninis.

I get it, Italians are cool and people want to be like us, but if you feel the need to do so, can you please check your facts before coming out with nation wide commercials?

In Italian Panino = 1 Sandwich and Panini = 2 or more sandwiches, so when Tim Hortons advertises their ‘Paninis’ they are really advertising their sandwicheses, which clearly makes NO SENSE and drives Italians CRAZY. The only thing that would be more maddening than Tim Hortons selling paninis is if they decided to sell gluten free paninis.

So, next time you need a sandwich, just pop by our house and old man Ciavarro will make you a panino, full of gluten, sodium and every good thing!

You Gotta Eat Here!

Pizza for ever.
You gotta eat here.

Last week, out of the blue, I received a message from Via Tevere asking me if I would be available to do an on camera interview for a TV show they were filming for the Food Network on the weekend. Whats that? You want to film ME for a show on the FOOD NETWORK!?!?

Turns out John Catucci was in town filming an episode of You Gotta Eat Here! at Via Tevere and they needed some on camera testimonials about how tasty their pizza is. I was more than thrilled that they asked me to be a part of the production. This was definitely an opportunity I needed to seize!

I was welcomed to bring a guest so Chad and I headed down to East Van for my 4:30 shooting time. I was given instructions, miked up and waited for my pizza to arrive while other people were being interviewed. The owners were very gracious and gave Chad and I complimentary pizzas and anything else we wanted to have. If we didn’t have to run to Casa Ciavarro for dinner we would have spent all evening there enjoying yourself and taking in all the excitement.

I was a little nervous about the interview. I had an idea of what kind of questions I was going to be asked but I always find I get stuck when describing dishes that I love and just end up saying they are amazing 100 times in a row (you’ve probably noticed that when reading this blog). John was super friendly and our interview had great energy though. I think I did OK but I hate seeing myself on camera (one of the reasons we never got our wedding filmed) so we’ll see what it looks like when the episode finally airs. Plus, they filmed for 2 days so who knows how much of my interview will make it on the air, if at all!

Overall, it was a great experience. I never thought in a million years I would be on the Food Network. Well, I guess I technically haven’t made it quite yet, but I am one step closer. The episode is set to air sometime in the Spring. Lets hope I don’t look like a total goof!

Thank you so much, Via Tevere, for making me a part of your special day!

It’s An Indoor Pic Nic

When it comes to Vancouver weather, if it is hot and sunny outside and you get inspired to do an outdoor activity, you should probably do it the exact moment you think of it, because if you wait a week, it will rain cats and dogs and you will be forced to cancel your adventure and/or, move it inside.

This is exactly what happened to us.

Hot sunny weather inspired me to plan a picnic on the beach, but in typical Vancouver fashion, I waited a week and it rained like a mother on the day of the event. Story of our lives.

So, plan B was but in place and we packed up all our Italian goodies and headed over to Dario & Ginas for an indoor, sit down, picnic.

Soda & Lime

Soda and Lime in a Drinking Jar

Indoor Picnic!

The Italian Table

The Spread

The Spread

Nom Nom Nom

There is nothing like going to Bosa, picking up the best of the best and just nibbling on it all night long. This is my favorite way to enjoy Italian treats.

Watermelon Eater

Dario just got back from a trip to Italy and bought Gina the most adorable watermelon serving dish, so naturally we had watermelon. Plus, it’s a picnic staple.

Face Stuffed

Chad likes to stuff his face.

Watermelon & Bread

Ever since I was a kid, my Nonna taught me to eat Watermelon with a piece of bread. I figured this was something all Italians did, except no one at the table had ever heard of such a thing. None the less, it is amazing and I suggest you try it. Only stipulation, it’s gotta be white bread. It will make your watermelon taste oh so sweet!

Gina!

Gina!

Beer Stacker
Beer Stacker
Beer Stacker

When they aren’t going through their cell phones playing annoying ring tones they are stacking beer cans as high as they can. Boys.

Would the evening have been better if we were enjoying amazing food and fabulous company while sitting on the warm sand enjoying the sounds of the waves? Probably, but it’s not like this was such a bad deal either. With so many evening being taken up by the renos, we really need to jump at the opportunity of warm sunny weather. Tomorrow we will be enjoying our first Horse Race of the season, and the weather looks like it’s going to be perfect, so we are pretty excited! There is nothing like a beautiful day in Vancouver.