We decided to try the Famoso in Vancouver after having recently tried the Famoso in Victoria. Victoria’s Famoso was a great dinner experience! The vibe at Famoso Vancouver is bright, clean and new. When you’re first seated, your eyes wander towards the huge circular italian oven – specially used to bake real pizzas (like in Italy). It’s almost the same look as the Famoso in Victoria. To order your pizza, you have to write it on a paper and hand it to the cashier. The wait is fairly quick, but the service isn’t anything great. The thing that annoyed me a bit was our seats: Unlike normal sitting booths, this one faced outward so we weren’t facing each other, we were facing the restaurant itself. That was awkward.
Pizzas we ate:
MARGHERITA (Fior-di-latte, fresh basil, pecorino romano, extra virgin olive oil.
Add cherry tomatoes, roasted mushrooms, anchovies, or kalamata or green olives) – $12
When you first take a bite out of this warm pizza, you immediately acknowledge the delicious taste of the soft fluffy crust. I found that it was the best part of the pizza! The reason why it’s so good, is because of the fact that they import their flour from where pizza first began, Italy.
“Famoso imports Caputo 00′ flour from Italy. 00′ refers to highly-refined, low gluten flour that produces both a soft and crispy crust, and because of the low levels of high quality gluten, it allows you to digest and feel great.”
The margherita pizza at Famoso in Victoria was better. At this location, they needed to add more basil and mozzarella. I felt that the pizza was empty and plain. It was good, but not as good as their restaurant in Victoria.
CAPRICCIOSA (Italian ham, roasted mushrooms, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, extra virgin olive oil, pecorino romano.) – $14.75
This pizza was really good. It was tasty and filled with toppings. Of course it was great, because of their yummy crust and sweet tomato sauce. They have quality and authenticity in their ingredients, which makes the pizzas taste better than your average Pizza Hut. I thought this pizza here tasted just as good as the one we had in Victoria.
“Famoso imports tomatoes from the Campania region of Southern Italy. They contain a lower acidity level and natural sweetness that helps them caramelize in the intense heat of the fire oven”
CAVOLETTI (Oven-roasted Brussels sprouts, prosciutto crisps, gorgonzola cheese, dates, walnuts, drizzle of honey) – $15.25
I loved this pizza! The flavour was fantastic. This was definitely the best pizza I’ve eaten so far at Famoso. The sauce was so good, tasty and sweet. Surprisingly, the brussels sprouts didn’t have that strong bitter taste, instead they blended well with the pizza. The gorgonzola cheese was a perfect addition too. Really delicious. Unfortunately, we didn’t eat this one in Victoria so can’t judge which one’s better. Would absolutely order this again though in Vancouver.
ABRUZZO (Oven-roasted Italian sausage, slivered red onions, roasted mushrooms, fennel seeds, smoked mozzarella, pecorino romano) – $14.75
This was pretty good. Obviously the crust was amazing as well as the tomato sauce. The ingredients were ok together – not outstanding. It wasn’t bad, it’s just that it wasn’t a wow kinda dish. Liked the other three pizzas more. Didn’t eat this one either in Victoria. Instead of eating this again, I would try different pizzas because I didn’t find this one that great.
AUTHENTIC TIRAMISU (Imported from Milan, Italy. Mascarpone cream on a ladyfinger base, drenched with espresso liqueur, topped with waves of mascarpone and cocoa) – $6
This was one of the best tiramisu’s I’ve eaten. It was moist and chocolaty. It’s amazing how many things this restaurant imports from Europe. Even this dessert is from Italy! No wonder it outshines regular tiramisu. Enjoyed eating this. Haven’t tried this one in Victoria but I’m definitely ordering this again.
“Imported from Milan.”
This restaurant was nice and the pizza was authentic. Loved how many things were imported from Italy – even their oven! They had tasty desserts and decent service. In terms of consistency of their food and how they maintain all their locations, I think it was pretty well done – not that different, but Victoria’s pizza was better.
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