Nicli Antica Pizzeria
62 East Cordova
Rating: 4 out of 5
The entrance’s blazing red Pizzeria sign evoked images of ambulance lights â€” the connection was more symbolic than visual.
As an emergency vehicle would bring oxygen to revive patients, Bill McCaig, owner of Nicli Antica Pizzeria, has brought authentic pizza to Vancouver.
Ninety seconds is how long it takes to cook real pizza â€” and by real, I mean “Napolitana Certified.” McCaig’s pizza crusts are so thin they make typical Vancouver thin crust versions look thick.
Needless to say, my Margherita ($12) was wonderfully simple, topped with fresh, house made tomato sauce (made from San Marzano tomatoes), fior di latte (fresh mozzarella), Parmigiano and three fresh basil leaves. Gently pooled on the lightweight delicacy was a perfect amount of unseasoned extra virgin olive oil.
Also noteworthy was my Insalata Mista ($7) comprising an entire head of roasted garlic, roasted tomatoes (both from the Acunto wood-fired oven), shaved fennel and roasted garlic vinaigrette.