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Pizza Pilgrimage to Virtuous Pie @ Vancouver, BC

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After 27 hours in Hong Kong International Airport due to missing our original flight, we were finally on our way to Vancouver, BC, Canada. With our stop in Vancouver now reduced from a day to three hours, there was no time to shower or rest before our Greyhound bus across the border into Seattle.

We had a list of places we wanted to check out in this city, but at the top were Virtuous Pie, and Vegan Supply; both in Chinatown, about a ten minute walk from Pacific Central Station where our bus would be departing from.

So after almost two days of plane food and airport snacks, we arrived at Virtuous Pie, a vegan gourmet pizza bar with a bright and open interior of white and wood tones and an upscale hipster vibe.

virtuous pieThe menu is fairly varied, with enough choices to leave you struggling what to choose. There is kombucha and sparkling water on tap, craft beers, and more than one kind of vegan cheese. Since this visit was short we had to settle for a quick lunch, but if we were worried it wouldn’t be enough food, we shouldn’t have been, two pizzas was enough to fill all three of us hungry travellers.

We ordered the Meatball + Chèvre (pictured at the top of the page) and the Ultraviolet. The cheese wasn’t a stretchy or super melty kind but it didn’t matter; the flavour of the gourmet pies and the excellent crust alay any concerns that this vegan pizza could hold its own against it’s dairy laden counterparts.

A pizza maker, making the pizza

A pizza maker, making the pizza

The Meatball + Chèvre was topped with vegan meatballs (obviously) made by 33 Acres Brewing and creamed spinach. A lemon & herb chèvre adds a nice kick and you also get a generous helping of shredded parm cheese. The meatballs had a spicy chorizo flavour and the texture was excellent.

The Ultraviolet mixed things up with a walnut and arugula pesto, dried tomatoes and the signature nut-based mozzarella. This pizza won the popular vote out of our party.

The Ultraviolet (front) and Meatball + Chevre (rear)

The Ultraviolet (front) and Meatball + Chevre (rear)

The Kombucha also passed with top marks for being not overly sweet and well priced compared to booch we’ve had in Asia.

The menu at Virtuous Pie has many more options that we’d love to try if we have a chance to stop by again; pizzas can be customised and there is also an extensive array of sides that we didn’t have a chance to order.

Following such a long pilgrimage to North America, the expectations were high for good vegan pizzas, and Virtuous Pie did not disappoint.
There are two Virtuous Pie locations in Vancouver, and there is also one in Portland, OR and one coming soon to Toronto.

Virtuous Pie

11am-10pm Mon-Fri, 11am-11pm Weekends

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  • Reply
    September 13, 2017 at 12:48 PM

    Those pies look most excellent!

    • Reply
      James Bell
      September 15, 2017 at 10:17 PM

      Hoping to get back here if we can get a day in Vancouver on our way home!

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