Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria: Pizza on the Drive
Anyone remember back in the day when pizzas were called “pizza pies”? I mean, there’s that old Dean Martin song, That’s Amore… “When a moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s amore.” In any case, we were hankering for a nice pizza one weekend but we couldn’t decide where to get it from. We were looking for an actual sit-down restaurant where you could not only get a pizza but you could also get some pasta and other stuff… and I guess we’re a bit picky with our pizzas.
Sure, any pizza is better than no pizza, but we were looking for something more than just a plain margherita pizza (which is seeing a bit of a resurgence in Vancouver lately). The thing is, there’s not many places that serve a good pizza with lots of toppings anymore. Anyways, we wound up heading down to Little Italy on the Drive (cause where else would you go?) and stopped by Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria.
We wound up ordering the Il Diablo 7″ lunch special ($11) and added pineapple and red onions (+$1.10, +$0.80) as well as the Lasagna lunch special ($13) which came with your choice of sides (we opted for the Caesar salad and tomato bisque). Our orders seemed to take a bit of a while to come out but their menu did state that the lasagna takes longer to cook.
To be fair, Famoso serves up Neapolitan-style pizzas which are known to have a soft, moist centre with a thin crust that is meant to be folded to eat. Sure enough, the crust was thin, soft, and possessing a chewy centre. This, of course, makes is extremely difficult to pick up to eat because the toppings all fall off. If you don’t plan to fold your slice, you might be better off to knife-and-fork it. The toppings were pretty good… the Il Diablo uses campania tomato sauce, fresh fior di latte (a semi-soft type of mozzarella), smoked mozzarella, red and green peppers, roasted mushrooms, roasted chorizo sausage and a drizzle of chili oil. Despite the name and the chili oil, the pizza itself isn’t very spicy.
I was actually more pleased with the way the Lasagna turned out. The homestyle Italian meat sauce that they layer between the ricotta and lasagna noodles is the kicker here. The side order of tomato bisque was pretty spot on too with a dollop of feta cheese in the middle.
So, if you’re in the mood for a sit down restaurant where you can enjoy Neapolitan-style pizzas, Famoso might be a good place for you to try out.
1380 Commercial Drive
Posted on May 23, 2019, in Italian, Pizza, Restaurant Review and tagged Commercial Drive, Food, Grandview, Italian, Lasagna, Neapolitan Pizza, Pizza, restaurant review, Vancouver. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.