A couple of weeks ago, as my friend Patricia and I were wandering the Richmond Night Market, trying to decide on yet another delectable snack, someone wandered by with the most incredible looking pizza. If you know anything about the Night Market (you’re probably a fellow Vancouverite), you’d know that people don’t go there to eat pizza. It’s all about Asian food–Chinese food in particular. I’ve taken a special interest in pizza lately, as I’ve been making copious amounts of it in an effort to come up with the perfect pie. I’ll be sharing my results in an upcoming post, as well as posting about the Night Market for those of you who are curious.
What I want to tell you about now is the best pizza Napoletana I’ve had this side of Italy. Neapolitan pizzerias are sprouting up everywhere around town, like dandelions after a rain, boasting ingredients such as flour imported from Naples and San Marzano tomatoes; PazzaRella is no exception. The difference is that PazzaRella is not a traditional restaurant; it’s actually Canada’s first pizza truck, complete with a wood-fired oven
I love this concept and I had a moment to chat with co-owner Anna as she and her partner Sherry whipped up our pizza Margherita, which was just as amazing as it looked, topped with fior di latte fresh mozzarella and organic basil. Anna is an Italian Canadian whose parents are from Naples, where great, affordable pizza can be had on every street corner. It was this idea that prompted her to launch her business with Sherry, whose background is Japanese. Japan is a country where an abundance of amazing street food can be found in every city across the country. PazzaRella marries these two concepts together perfectly.
Although the Richmond Night Market is not a likely venue for pizza, Anna and Sherry looked like they were doing a booming business and I have no doubt they will do very well with this venture. It’s the kind of pizza that reinforces my long held belief that pizza is the world’s greatest culinary invention.
For now, PazzaRella can be found at the Richmond Night Market until October 8, 2012. If you live in the Greater Vancouver area, I suggest you check it out.