I had been hearing some rumours that there was a new pizza place in town that was making fresh authentic Neopolitan pizza. No, not Nicli, but something else. Next thing you know I received an email about Verace Pizzeria in Gastown opening their doors to share their pizza with the city.
Located on Keefer street right beside T&T Supermarket Verace sits with a quaint little patio outside and a beautiful new restaurant inside. It’s a nice part of town, super close to the Skytrain and downtown, but quiet and somewhat removed from all the hussle and bussle which was nice.
Chad and I decided we would try it out, just the two of us. The restaurant wasn’t very busy, but it was early on a Monday night. We were given a choice of Natural Water or Fizzy Water (so very Italian, I loved it) and of course I had to go with the Acqua Frizzante. I love that it was complimentary instead of having to order a bottle of San Pellegrino. A definite plus in my book.
They had fresh Burrata in stock and we were so excited to try it out. Somehow we never came across this in Italy. Maybe that’s because it’s from Naples and we never actually stopped in city. Fail on our part!
I first learned about Burrata while watching an episode of Lidias Italy and have been obessed with it ever since. It was a little on the pricy side for an appitizer, but then again, it is flown, over night, from Italy. It was so amazingly good we just couldn’t contain ourselves. If you are a lover of cheese you NEED to try Burrata!
I decided to go super simple with my pizza choice this time around. I could have gone with the Margherita D.O.P. which is made with mozzarella di bufala, but again, I just was in the mood for something simple.
Fresh plum tomato sauce, fior di latte mozzarella, grana padano, fresh basil and evoo
The flavours were fresh and delicious and the touch of evoo was perfection. I love good tasting olive oil!
Chad, being the ‘Diavola’ expert that he is, ordered the Diavola.
Fresh plum tomatoes, spicy genoa salami, capicollo, roasted red onion and peppers topped with grana padano, fresh basil and evoo
This pizza probably had the most toppings of any Diavola pizza Chad’s had before, and he really enjoyed it. I stole a little onion while he wasn’t looking and it was delicious. What a clever ingredient to add!
The inside of the restaurant was beautiful. I may or may not be stealing some of their interior design ideas for our new house (whenever that happens!). It had a very comfortable feel, like I was having dinner in someones home. I can definitely see myself bring the extended family here for a big pizza dinner. The atmosphere was wonderful.
We were going to get the limoncello layer cake, as was suggested to me on Twitter, but we were so stuffed we just couldn’t eat any more. Instead, Chad got an espresso and I a bicherin.
Bicherin. I haven’t heard that word in ages. I didn’t actually think it was a real word, but rather something my Nonna made up in dialect. I had to laugh when I saw it on the menu. We joked with the Owner, Roberta, who just happened to be serving us that evening, about how non-Italians pronounce the word Bicherin. Here’s a hint, it is not pronounced Bitch-Erin, but rather Be-Cure-In!
Here she is, in all her glory. I usually shy away from coffee becuase my stomach doens’t seem to like it, but I had to try this out. It was perfect. The hot chocolate was rich and tasty and the espresso added the perfect kick. It was so unbelievably good and it didn’t upset my stomach at all.
We had a great experience at Verace. It was nice to meet Roberta and have her serve us. She was full of information (did you know their 900 degree oven is the only thing they use to cook with? That means all their desserts are made in their too!) and provided great service (I’m still obsessing over the Acqua Frizzante on tap. Genius!)
Now, what you are probably going to ask is, how does this compare to Nicli? Well, pretty darn close! The atmosphere and ambience of each resturant are totally different. Nicli feels very up scale, and Verace feels like home so they definitely fit into different niches. Both their pizzas are amazing, but I think the edge goes to Nicli only because their crust was crispier than Verace’s. The flavours and freshness was there with both pizzas.
You can also read Follow Me Foodies post comparing the two.
I love that Vancouver finally has amazing restaurants serving up pizza the TRUE Italian way. I can’t wait to go back to Verace!