Situated on the border of the Kitsilano and Fairview neighbourhoods of Vancouver, NOVO Pizzeria & Wine Bar is located on Burrard Street and West 5th Avenue, right next door to Fifth Avenue Cinemas. NOVO serves rustic, Italian comfort food featuring an array of antipasti, pastas, salads, and of course their specialty, Neapolitan pizza. Their vino menu is always evolving and features an assortment of Italian and British Columbian wines. NOVO has been on our radar for a while now, so we recently stopped by to check it out and pick up some dishes to take home with us.
Antipasti Board (small $14/ large $25) – We opted for the small order (it was actually a generous portion) which included a daily selection of vegetables, meat and cheese: Mushrooms and sweet pearl onions, red pepper dip, balsamic vinegar + extra virgin olive oil, a medley of Italian olives, salami and prosciutto, sliced cheese and a hot pickled pepper. Served with their crusty house bread which they bake in their wood burning oven. This antipasti platter was excellent. It was apparent these were high quality ingredients and every bite was a flavour explosion in our mouths!
Sicilian Meat Balls ($8) – Currants, pine nuts, reggiano, and marinara. Wow, were these ever delicious! They were super moist and tender, and cooked all the way through. The marinara sauce was incredibly fresh and paired nicely with the meatballs.
The pièce de résistance and what NOVO prides themselves on is their pizza. We ordered the Margherita ($13) – This Italian pizza included fiore di latte, olive oil, and fresh basil leaves. A perfect pizza! To achieve their flavourful pizza dough, they start off with imported stone ground Caputo flour, which is the number one choice of pizza makers or “pizzaiolis” in Italy. NOVO adds water, salt, yeast, a little love, and then they age their dough for 48 hours – a technique that gives the dough an array of complex flavours. They shape each dough by hand, and top it with hand-crushed tomatoes and fresh toppings.
After that, the pizza’s ready for their apple wood fueled wood-burning oven, which will cook for about a minute at approximately 900 degrees, with the flavour of the wood being imparted on every pie. The pizzailo craftily turns the pizza as it cooks, and when ready, gently removes it, anoints it with a drizzle of olive oil, sprinkles it with a pinch of flaked sea salt. Amazing! This was one of the best Neapolitan pizzas we’ve had in Vancouver. Bursting with bright flavours from the delicious cheese and fresh sauce. Also, it was actually enjoyable to eat the tasty crust.
Overall, we were very impressed with NOVO. If you’re a fan of Napoletana style pizza and rustic Italian fare, then you’re going to want to check out NOVO Pizzeria & Wine Bar. Buon appetito!