We found a Groupon deal to use at Novo Pizzeria on Friday night. Novo is located along Burrard and 6th around where the luxury car dealerships can be found. They are known for their wood fired oven pizzas.
They promote the Italian beer called Peroni which is on the sandwich board as well as the beer glasses they use too.
The inside of the restaurant is very spacious with an open kitchen with a good mix of booths and table. They have patio seating as well.
The wood fired oven is also visible and was fired up for pizza action throughout the night.
We made reservations for 7pm and got there a few minutes early. The restaurant was already quite busy, but not all full. After being seated and given our menus, it seemed like our table was forgotten. We did not know who our server was as nobody came to greet us nor bring us any water to start. We must have sat around for almost 10 minutes before our server came by to take our order.
Seeing that Peroni beer was being promoted, we ordered it to try.
It took a long time for our server to bring us the beer though. Also, it would have been better if the beer glasses were kept cool in the fridge. Anyway, this was a light coloured beer which went down smoothly.
Our Groupon deal was for 2 people. It started with this bite sized appetizer called Cicheto, served on a fancy spoon. It’s got burrata which we think is the creamy white you see in the pic, topped with oven-dried tomato, balsamic pearls, pistachio, mint. The mint made this a refreshing start to the meal.
The next appetizer is the Antipasti board. It consists of Iberico ham, Calabrian-cured sausage, Asiago cheese, Castelvetrano olives, house condiments, pane pugliese.
We stacked the goodies on top of the toast and it was quite enjoyable and nicely presented.
Next we added a fried calamari, which was not part of the groupon. We saw our next table order the same thing and it looked quite attractive.
It’s served on a nice wooden platter with some tzatziki and some mariana dip on the side. What was interesting was that this came with a grilled lemon which we never saw before. It gave the lemon juice a unique flavour. The calamari were fried nicely in a light batter and was seasoned nicely.
For the main course, we originally thought it was one pizza and one pasta of your choice to share. We were rather delighted to learn from the server that it was 2 pizzas and 2 pastas!
The pastas came first. We chose bolognese first:
It was served with a wide pasta, perhaps a fettuccine that was very chewy just as we like it. The sauce was very flavorful and full of meat.
Next we chose their hand crafted crab ravioli:
It was filled with cheese, corn, chives. It was also nice and chewy with a nice buttery sauce.
The pizzas came next. First is the chorizo salami and thyme & honey:
The pizza was quite interesting because of the ricotta cheese. It added some creaminess to this pizza. It has a good amount of meat and cheese. We would say the pizza is slightly larger than a small pizza.
The next pizza we tried was the funghi pizza:
It had plenty of mushrooms. This pizza did not use tomato sauce but was quite enjoyable. The mushrooms were drained well and did make the pizza soggy.
We don’t get to eat wood oven pizzas often, so we are not sure if the crust is supposed to be so burned. I peaked at other tables and it was the same thing so we were not alone. The toppings were great but sometimes when biting into the charred crust, the bitterness somewhat spoils the flavour.
The staff who brought the food were very friendly and efficient. The bus person was also very effective in ridding our used plates and topping up our water.
I think our server needs some improvement because not even once, he came by to check in to see how we were doing. We saw other servers bringing the pepper mill to ask their customers if they’d like some pepper on their meals. Our server was not available to ask us.
Finally, we chose the tiramisu for our dessert:
The dessert was done very well and had the correct balance of cheese, coco, coffee, and wine.
The food was all very superb and top notch. Our server must have been having an off-day as we felt he could have done a better job at providing service for our table. To top it off, we just realised now he charged us for the wrong Peroni. He charged us for the higher price draft Peroni when in fact, we ordered the bottled Peroni which is a dollar less.
4 out of 5 Delights for food
2.5 out of 5 Delights for service (from our server)