Whether the secret’s in the sauce, the dough, the toppings, or a combination of the three, one thing we know for certain is that there are some great pizza spots around the city if you know where to look. So with that in mind, here are 14 essential places for pizza to check out in Vancouver the next time you’re hit with a craving.

Pizzeria Farina

The first of our trio of pizza-exclusive joints, Pizzeria Farina has been a staple for takeout pizza in our lives for years. They only make a certain amount of dough each day, so call in early if you have to and reheat it later on. Ok, maybe get two, because we seriously doubt that they’ll both survive the trip home.

Where: 915 Main Street

Via Tevere Pizzeria

This VPN-certified pizzeria is nestled in the neighbourhood streets just off Commercial, and its delicious personal-sized pizzas and intimate vibes are well worth the trip. It’s named after the street in Naples where the founders spent the majority of their childhood summers.

If you’re looking for a cozy neighbourhood spot that’s tucked away from the busy streets, this spot is a perfect 10.

Where: 1190 Victoria Drive

Sponsored pick: Industry Apizza

Canada’s first New Haven-style pizza place just opened, and it’s right here in Vancouver! The trending New Haven-style pizza craze is taking the US by storm, and now Industry Apizza is bringing this thinner, crisper, and fire-charred slice to town. Apizza – it’s not a typo! It’s pronounced “ah’BEETZ” and it’s delicious. Check out the new location on Commerical Drive, available for dine-in, pick-up, or delivery through all major delivery apps.

Where: 2360 Commercial Drive

Gastronomy Gastown

Traditional recipes with a modern twist. Gastronomy brings an array of pizza, pasta, and desserts to the table, ranging from Conchiglione to Squash Lasagna, to one of their contemporary-style pizzas.

Where: 62 East Cordova Street Vancouver

Zaccary’s Pizza

This neighbourhood spot is a hidden gem if there ever was one. Zaccary’s is on Oak Street and serves up delicious, affordable pizzas with light, fluffy crusts and unique topping combos. Next time you’re in between South Granville and South Cambie, check it out! Just note that the pizzeria is cash-only.

Where: 3150 Oak Street

Marcello Ristorante and Pizzeria

If there’s an OG Italian pizza spot in Vancouver, this is probably it. Marcello Lombardo, the owner and head chef, was born in Palermo and had a restaurant in the Adriatic Riviera before starting up in Vancouver. Neopolitan-style pizza, maybe the best lasagna in the city (irrelevant to the story but true), how can you go wrong?

Where: 1404 Commercial Drive

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Bufala

Although VPN certification is a sign of great pizza, Bufala is a testament to the outstanding quality of those without it. Also prepared in Neapolitan style, Bufala does a wide variety of mouth-watering pizzas and has one of the best neighbourhood restaurant atmospheres in the city.

Where: 5395 West Boulevard

Di Beppe

Although known for its authentic pasta and antipasti, Di Beppe also has some killer slices, and not to mention – a fantastic happy hour menu featuring some of their best. From their soppressata & anchovy and Margherita with fior di latte, to their pizza with pesto, potato, marinated octopus, & arugula – there is no shortage of tasty options here.

Where: 8 West Cordova Street

Nicli Antica Pizzeria

The first pizza place to be VPN certified (and still only one of two in the city), Nicli gets to claim that it is truly authentic Napoletana-style pizza. The crust is amazing, the toppings are of the highest quality, and the space is beautiful. Nicli is a can’t-miss dinner spot.

Where: 3339 Shrum Lane

Virtuous Pie

Known for their light, airy, yet somehow still flavourful slices, Virtuous Pie has become a staple in the vegan community and beyond. Offering 100% plant-based treats and pizza in the form of individual 10-inch pies, Virtuous Pies has everything from classic Margherita to curry pizza to “chorizo” and artichoke.

Where: See locations above

Novo

This hidden Kitsilano gem has some amazing wood-fired pizza and fresh pasta made daily. Plus you can order a bottle of wine or enjoy an aperitif or two with your tasty pie.

Where: 2118 Burrard Street

Nat’s Pizza

Bada bing! Another Vancouver OG, but this time for New York-style pies. Cooked to perfection with any topping you might like, these thin-crust pizzas are worth every penny.

Where: 2684 West Broadway

Pizzeria Barbarella

This East Van staple has a pizza-forward menu, although you can get some great salads and desserts to make a full meal of it. They use local and organic ingredients, and of course, everything is hand-made. Barbarella is a great stop after a stroll down Main Street, or getting something to-go before a picnic in a local park.

Where: 654 East Broadway

Nook

Since opening the first location in 2009, Nook has become a Vancouver staple. It’s walk-in only but is worth the wait for the high-quality cuisine and the casual approach to dining. They’ve also got three locations throughout Vancouver, making it an easy choice when you’re in a new neighbourhood and don’t know what to get. The original is on Denman, but we’d say the one by Kits Beach is the best choice for summertime.

Where: See locations above

And that’s a wrap on some of the most essential pizza spots in Vancouver. Enjoy!