We were craving some pizza last week, but the problem was that our neighbourhood pizza joint, Napoletena, had been closed for a few months due to a fire. So, we thought we’d give Panago a try since it was the next closest pizza restaurant.
We remember enjoying Panagopoulos 2 for 1 Pizza on Vancouver Island growing up. Founded in Abbotsford in the 80’s, the Canadian pizza chain rebranded to Panago in 2000. Around the same time they changed their name, Panago launched their popular dips and shakers which are offered complimentary with the purchase of every pizza – what Panago is famous for today.
The great thing about Panago is not only the variety of pizzas available, but also their appetizers like wings, salads, and breadsticks. They also offer a private label line of take-home products, called Panago Cucina, including organic juices and balsamic vinegar.
Antipasto Salad ($6.00) – This salad was amazing! Crisp romaine lettuce, grilled vegetables, juicy grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and creamy goat cheese. Looks can be deceiving: The dish was jam-packed with ingredients. Loads of grilled veggies like eggplant and bell peppers rested under a generous amount of mild goat cheese. We did not anticipate such a hearty and satisfying salad from a pizza joint, and at six bucks, it was a steal.
Garden Veggie (S $11.00/ M $13.75/ L $17.00) – This medium sized pizza included Italian tomato sauce, black olives, sautéed mushrooms, roasted garlic, pineapple, green peppers, fire-roasted tomatoes, red onions, and mozzarella cheese. Pictured below: Italia Classic (S $11.50/ M $14.50/ L $18.00) – Also a medium size, this Panago classic was topped with Italian tomato sauce, pepperoni, Canadian ham, red onions, sautéed mushrooms, olives, green peppers, and mozzarella cheese. Both of these pizzas were piping hot and delicious, and toppings were plentiful.
Panago Pizza ranked highest in the quick service category in the Vancouver market. We understand why they won! Our experience was very satisfactory. For the price, all portion sizes were generous, items were fresh and flavourful, our order was cooked in a timely manner, and staff were courteous. Also, Panago is conscious of what they include in their products: Panago removed added trans fat, MSG, artificial flavours and colours from all of their ingredients. Now this is a Canadian company we can feel good supporting!