Famoso brings back the popular Don Andreas pizza and introduces a new cocktail menu

My latest contribution to Modern Mix Vancouver, May 19, 2016.

For over four years, Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria has been offering Italian inspired dishes and pizza at its Vancouver location along Commercial Drive. Owners Justin, Jason and Christian first introduced Famoso to Canada (Edmonton, AB) in 2007, after returning home from a trip to Naples where they were inspired by the sheer simplicity of gourmet Neapolitan pizza. With a passion for pizza and a desire to bring the taste of Naples closer to home, the guys have opened 28 Famoso Pizzerias across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, while remaining true to the style of authentic Naples pizza they first fell in love with – a thin, crisp crust, a soft and moist centre, and fresh mozzarella on every pizza.

To keep the food unique, seasonal and exciting, Famoso changes up its menu a couple times a year, adding a few new items each time it does, and bringing back some favourites too. This season, the featured pizza returning to the now available spring/summer menu is the Don Andreas, part of Famoso’s New World Pizzas. The vibrantly coloured and Californian-inspired Don Andreas pizza includes toppings of roasted chicken, corn and chipotle salsa, avocado, chopped cilantro, a lime wedge and a side of Valentina hot sauce to add some heat.  A few other dishes we’d go back for are the Prosciutto Wrapped Mozza Balls (they’re as tasty as they sound), the light but full-flavoured Blackberry Goat Cheese salad and the Housemade White Chocolate Panna Cotta, with shaved dark chocolate and strawberry sauce. And of course we’d make multiple trips back for their signature item: the traditional Neapolitan pizza, like the Cavoletti or the Prosciutto Arugula.

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Just like any Spring/Summer menu, there are always drinks that accompany the fare. This year, the folks at Famoso has introduced a new collection just in time for patio season. Beer drinkers will enjoy the Benchmark Craft Lager and the Benchmark Pale Ale, local craft beers brewed exclusively for Famoso, in partnership with Parallel 49. For those who prefer cocktails, the selection ranges from the refreshing and light Rossini, made with Prosecco and strawberry puree, to something stiffer, like the Paper Plane, made from Bourbon, Aperol, Amaro, Angostura bitters, and fresh lemon. There really is something for everyone, so you won’t be thirsty for too long at Famoso.

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Many pizza joints exist in the city, but Famoso is one in the neighbourhood where you can count on the authenticity of a gourmet Neapolitan style pizza, without the pretentious feel of an upscale and stuffy restaurant. Its laid back and relaxed atmosphere coupled with a good selection of food and drink at decent prices are sure to keep the place busy all summer.

To view the entire menu, including spring/summer dishes and pizzas and to find a Famoso Neapolitian Pizzeria nearest you, visit http://famoso.ca/.

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