Vancouver Foodster announces the Pizza Challenge

Welcome to the 5th Annual Vancouver Foodster Pizza Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their Pizza creations into this challenge, most have created a special Pizza creation just for this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their Pizza on their menu from April 4-28, 2019.

Here are some of the unique Pizza creations in this challenge:

AJ’s Brooklyn Pizza Joint

Detroit Red Top

Price: $33

Created by: Chef Anthony Caridi

Description: Detroit-style pizza was invented in the 1940s by Gus Guerra, the owner of Buddy’s Rendezvous. It’s rectangular, thick, and fluffy like a Sicilian pizza and is framed by a border of crispy golden brown cheese that tastes like the best part of a grilled cheese sandwich — the stuff that leaks out of the edge and gets toasted in the pan.

What makes this style unique are the two cheeses, white cheddar and mozza, which are piled extra high up the sides of the pan to encourage that charred effect; the butter used to grease the pan; and the pan itself. Legend has it that Gus came up with the idea of using heavy, square blue-steel pans originally designed to clean the oil from tools in high-pressure gas ovens in factories. How Motor City is that?

Ingredients: AJS ground tomato sauce ( Sauce is applied after the pizza is cooked), Pinch of fine sea salt, Pinch of dried oregano, 7 ounces Mozza Cheese, shredded, 7 ounces  white cheddar cheese, Grated Pecorino Romano cheese, for dusting, Dried oregano, for dusting, Garlic oil for drizzling, Pepperoni Cups to top it off.

Offered: All the time

AJ’s Brooklyn Pizza Joint

325 E Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 428-5805


Twitter @Ajsbklynpizza

Instagram @ajsbklynpizzajoint


Backcountry Brewing

I pity the Falafool

Price: $17

Created by: Chef Artie McGee

Description: Inspired by the classic falafel sandwich, roasted garlic tahini sauce, falafel feta, halloumi cheese, pickled vegetables, mint yogurt

Ingredients: Roasted garlic tahini: tahini sauce, roasted garlic cilantro, cream, Feta, Halloumi, Pickled vegetable: champagne vinegar, tomato, red onion, cucumber, sugar, Mint yogurt: greek yogurt, mint, lemon, Falafel: English peas, chic peas, parsley, lemon, garlic, cilantro, cumin, smoke paprika. Garnish: toasted sesame seeds and mint

Offered: All the time

Backcountry Brewing

405-1201 Commercial Way, Squamish


Tel:(604) 567-2739

Twitter @Backcountry604

Instagram @backcountrybrewing
Il Posto

Fat Tony

Price: $19

Created by: Chef Terry Pichor


Ingredients: red sauce, sliced meatballs, caramelized onion, caciocavallo, pecorino, basil, oregano, finished with garlic focaccia crumb.

Offered: Tuesday – Sunday dinner only.

Il Posto

4866 Delta Street, Ladner

Tel: (604) 946-1300


Instagram @ilpostoresto

Here are the complete details for this challenge including the Media judges

We will announce the winning restaurants and their Pizza creations on April 29, 2019.

About Vancouver Foodster
Vancouver Foodster is is Vancouver’s premier online “Essential Food & Drink Intelligence” guide. Launched in 2009 by Richard Wolak, the blog explores the local food scene through reviews, tastings, interviews, and more. features new stories daily, as well as restaurant reviews, and articles. Vancouver Foodster also runs a series of food and drink challenges with restaurants, chefs and bartenders throughout the year!  As well. we present a series of tasting tours in neighbourhoods throughout the city of which include Tasting PlatesNoodle ManiaFood TalksBrunch Crawls and others. All are a division of CMI Chat Media Inc.

Media release and images provided by Richard Wolak, Vancouver Foodster.

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