I promised myself that I would take a break from pizza making another appearance on this blog, but when you’re focused on cheap eats and in a rush, it comes up a lot. I’m also a total sucker for wood fire pizza, and until recently, through lack of research on my own part, did not realize Pizza Garden also offers by-the-slice options. Armed with this new knowledge a visit was prioritized in my queue for when a quick bite was needed. Such an occasion occurred this weekend while heading to the art show mentioned in the Breka Bakery review.
Being closer to the north end of the drive, Pizza Garden had eluded me for quite some time as I don’t often find myself looking for a slice or two in that area. Parking was easy enough to find on a side street and the line was none existent. With my order placed inside the stone oven for a quick crisping up, I found myself eagerly anticipating the flavours of pesto with garlic & tomato, and tandoori chicken with artichoke hearts.
With whole chunks of garlic placed throughout, the pesto with garlic & tomato delivered on the flavours it showcased. The sliced tomatoes were subdued by the pesto and tomato sauce, and in a round about way worked well all together. The only thing I did not care for was that the garlic did not have the base of the stem cut off, which is extremely dense and hard.
The tandoori chicken held great flavour, with the texture of the artichoke hearts adding to the pizza in an excellent way. It was heavily piled with quality toppings and the few additional red onions sprinkled throughout added subtle enhancements to the spiced chicken.
Containing the distinct and enjoyable flavours of a wood oven pizza the crust was mostly enjoyable. It was, however, very chewy and I chalk this up as an apparent side affect of either the reheating process, or being left out to cool in the display case.
You always sacrifice a touch of quality when you order your pizza one slice at a time, but the flavours of the ingredients at Pizza Garden makes up for those shortcomings. For a quick bite on the go, you can’t go wrong with a solid slice with a wood fire touch.
Tasty wood stone fired pizza with quality toppings on a crust that can be a bit chewy due to being served by-the-slice instead of straight from the oven.
Pizza Garden, 1042 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Two slice & pop combo
$4.46 before tax