Steveston Pizza – The Pho Lan of Pizza

by Ed Lau on May 16, 2008

Steveston Pizza

Good pizza is hard to find. I mean, sure, just about anything tastes decent when you’re on your 8th pitcher of beer during the NHL playoffs but given a choice, I wouldn’t touch most of the cardboard that 99% of the places on the planet try to pass off as pizza. The toppings are usually lowest common denominator processed ingredients, the crust is usually bland and far too thick and the whole thing usually drips more oil than Will Ferrell when he’s Greco-Roman wrestling.

I read about Steveston Pizza once in the local newspaper and was immediately interested in the ingredients lists. The crusts are made with organic, un-bleached white flour. All the mozzarella cheese and tomato sauces are made in-house with no additives. Just about all the ingredients are fresh and natural so although pizza isn’t great for you by any stretch of the imagination, this is probably as healthy as pizza is going to get without packing a treadmill in the box.

My friends Raf and Yvonne tell me they go for the delicious pizza about once a month. Raf once referred to the place as “The Pho Lan of pizza”, which speaks highly considering my regard for our usual Dot Com Pho venue. Therefore, I decided to join them today and headed to Steveston.

Steveston Pizza is located in Steveston (duh…) on the corner of Moncton and 3rd. It’s tiny so don’t blink or you just might miss it. There isn’t very much room inside at all but on nice days, there are few better places to eat outside than Steveston Village.

We decided on a couple large pies, the strangely named “Earth” (part of a menu based off the elements) and the “Caveman”, which is packed with just about every type of meat there is. There are, of course, standard pizzas like pepperoni and Hawaiian but to order such ordinary pizzas from such an interesting pizzeria would make you, well, boring.

Steveston Pizza, Caveman

The Caveman is packed with pepperoni, genoa salami, back bacon, lean beef and capocolli. I should also explain that Steveston Pizza only does thin crust. It’s not the cracker-like thin crust you’d expect from a lesser pizzeria but more of a chewy, slightly charred and flavorful Naples-style crust that’s quite light. Of course, all the ingredients on the Caveman made each slice significantly heavier than one might expect…both in weight and taste. Don’t get me wrong…it’s delicious and I’m as much of a carnivore as they come but next time I’m going with something with a few veggies thrown in there for balance. Y’know, unless I had been stuck at a vegan convention for a few days and hadn’t thrown myself off a building yet.

Steveston Pizza, Earth

Strangely enough, though, I seriously enjoyed the pizza that lacked meat entirely. The Earth consisted of brie, gouda, camembert, oven-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic and enoki mushrooms. I love enoki mushrooms and they really made this dish for me with the strange crunchy texture they provide. The roasted garlic is strong and overall, this was the better pizza as everything worked so well together.

Steveston Pizza

The bad news is that Steveston Pizza does not deliver. They’ve become popular enough that keeping up with orders is difficult enough. Also, they are perhaps a bit more expensive than the usual places. Simple pizzas like plain and pepperoni are available for as little as $16 for a large but most are about $21. Others, however, are only available in medium and are anywhere from $14 to $21. So why on earth would you go here when other pizza places are offering pizzas for as little as $5 a pop? Well, for one thing, the pizza here at Steveston Pizza is by far the best I’ve ever had…and honestly, I wouldn’t eat that five dollar garbage regardless. I’ll be back here for sure as there are tons of interesting pizzas on the menu that use fresh, local ingredients like salmon and some that aren’t so local (I think) like wild boar and bison.

So if you live in the Vancouver area, the next time you’re craving a pizza, don’t order one of those cheap, mass produced pizzas that some kid probably sneezed in…give Steveston Pizza a call.

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Stephen May 17, 2008 at 10:09 am

It can’t be a “Pho Lan” of pizza if the owners aren’t scrapping with eachother and you fear for your life whenever you walk in :lol:

Pizza Guy: Hawaiian?
Customer: No, I ordered Pepperoni and Cheese
Pizza Guy: Yah, Pepperoni and Cheese
Customer: ???

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iPhone in Canada May 17, 2008 at 12:47 pm

LOL…in other other words, the guy would be calling out “Number 15!” to every pizza ordered…”Number 15!”

In the words of 3DGameman, those pizzas look KICK ASS!!!!!!!

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Mike Huang May 17, 2008 at 7:19 pm

That pizza looks delicious, but you must try some of the greasy ones here in Los Angeles ;)

There’s this Mexican restaurant, Armando’s, that does a 30″ DEADLY pizza. The whole thing is FULL of cheese, grease, and meat for about $30-40. For $10 more, you get extra cheese and meat making each square slice about 4-5″ thick :P

About 3-4 slices killed me and the slices aren’t big in length either..

-Mike

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Rosie May 20, 2008 at 10:14 am

Steveston Pizza does awesome pizza!

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Thrifty May 25, 2008 at 11:57 pm

Wow now that is a pizza!!!!!!!

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Dave Davis July 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Hi Ed,

So true, mate… pretty darn good pizzas. I discovered Nadir, owner of Steveston Pizza, a couple years ago after he first opened. I had moved back from Australia in 2003 and was on the prowl for a good pizza. I had tried a chain pizza with the worst tomato sauce ever, then another that tasted and looked deep fried, then another with a crust that peeled my gums back to the roots ;-) If the Ozzies can make a half-decent pizza, why not we Canucks? For three years I was very disappointed.

So, soon after I tried Nadir’s pizza for a review, which can be found here:
http://www.stevestonivillage.com/stevestonpizza.html

So, come visit Steveston and enjoy some of the best pizza around.

Cheers,

Dave Davis
Founder/Owner
StevestoniVillage.com

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