Nat's specializes in "New York style" hand-thrown thin crust pizza.
We are always on the hunt for good pizza, so after discovering a place calling itself a "New York Pizzeria" in Kitsilano, we had to taste it for ourselves. The place has a bustling vibe that I really liked when I walked in the door, and the men working behind the counter were friendly and fast.
I think the best way to judge pizza quality is to taste plain cheese pizza, so I ordered up a slice of the "Margarita". I found the crust to be perfect, thin yet crisp, with a nice chewiness. The sauce, however, I found very bland, totally missing the zestiness I have always associated with New York-style pizza. Strangely, I also found the cheese on the pizza very bland. After some thought I don't think the cheese is 100% real mozzarella cheese, rather it is probably some kind of a cheaper blend.
The next slice I ordered was a meat slice, with chorizo and pepperoni and some veggies on it. This slice was much better. The spiciness of the meat covered up the blandness of the sauce and cheese. In the future I'll definitely stick to the meat slices.
Overall, I'd say the pizza at Nat's is good and definitely easy to eat, but not great. At $2.50 - $3.50 a slice the pizza isn't super cheap, although some of their lunch specials look like a good value.
This review was originally published on my blog: http://opinionista.blogspot.com/
Food: Gotta love the thin crusts! Honestly one of the best tasting pizzas ive had in a long time. Chicken sandwich was great as well! Like how they make everything fresh. Had one of those combos that come with free refills which comes in pretty handy.
Service: Just go up and order ur pizza or whatever it is you want and they hand it to you. Nothing special.
Ambiance: Just a bunch of tables and chairs - again, nothing special. Just a place for a quick bite to eat.
I've been going to Nat's for years...about 10 years now. My mom and I started going regularly on friday nights, and now that I'm living across the country she hasn't been able to give up our friday night ritual! Every time I'm home I buy a whole pile of slices right before I leave and bring them across the country with me and toss them in the freezer as soon as I get home so that I can pull a slice out whenever I need something fast and delicious.
It's true that the final product and the quality of the food goes up and down depending on who's working. In general, the food is amazing. Not just the pizza, but the salads (espeically the greek salad) and the heros (especially the Cold Chicken - amazing!) are really great too!
The service is generally great - Nat and Franco and the boys (and yes, a couple of girls. one of them in particular is pretty fantastic!) are great and you really get to know them when you're a regular customer. There have been a few groups of staff that have moved through there in the time that I've been going, and each group has a bit of a different vibe, but they're all friendly and wacky and sure to put a smile on my face! Nat's is just a casual little 'mom & pop'-style place with crazy chalkboards, decorations, and photos all over the walls and the counters and I wouldn't have it any other way!!!
I was a regular at Lombardo's years ago but I've been going to Nat's now for about 6 years. While not fancy I love the Margarita and Pepperoni. Why can't more places make pizza like them. Thin crust and the proper proportions of cheese and toppings with a nice tasty sauce?
I went here after Greek Day on my way home. I thought...hey....I really want pizza from Nat's.....nice ambiance and OK service. The pizza is a little too pricey but you do get a big slice and the crust needs to be thicker and softer.
The one on Broadway is nicer looking than the one on Denman St. All in All not bad place....there is a lot of pizza places out there and I think Nat's is a little different, it's pretty good, got to try this place people!
Some of the best pizza we have eaten is North America. The toppings and pizza choice is amazing. A very nice thin and crispy crust topped with just the right amount of cheese and toppings. I love the Pesto pizza and the wife loves the Spicy Mushroom. Grab 2 slices each if your super hungry and get them to slice them for you, that way you get to try 4 different pizzas !
My favorite slice of pizza here is the Tomato Onion Salad. I also like the Fifth Avenue. Last visit got a few cans of Aranciata to top off my order. Service is alright. Big slices!
Prefer the guys at the Denman location.
The potential is there and a lot of people seem to rave about this place, but it is disappointing. The crust is hard like cardboard and the flavour is kind of bland. Oh why is decent Pizza in Vancouver so hard to find?
I use to be a big fan of Nats. It hasn't been the same in years.
The pizza has gotten worse and worse. The crust is now so chewy that I actually have jaw pain after eating. My biggest compaint is the staff. Very unfriendly. I understand that they are busy, but everytime I have called, I got attitude from whoever answered the phone. A bit more tact is needed!
I really like NY-style pizza, so we went to Nat's recently after reading all the reviews on this page. Perhaps it was because I got reheated slices, but I was not impressed at all. The crust was thin and the pepperoni was in place, but the sauce was surprisingly bland. It tasted like a raw tomato paste without any spices or seasoning. The crust was very crispy, there was virtually no chewiness, the cheese was "settled" and as I already said it was simply not salty enough. I am inclined to write this experience off and give it another try.
I will be sure to compare it Marcelo's, which is next on the ToGo list. So far the best thin-crust I had in GVA has to be Earls' Sicilian pizza.
What's not to like? They've got really good pizza, quick and friendly service, decent prices and you can actually talk to the owner. It's hard to find a good, owner-operated restaurant in Vancouver. Nat's has got two of the nicest owners you can ask for. They're local guys making an honest buck and serving a darn good slice of pizza. I rate Nat's as one of my top two pizzas in Vancouver.
I only get in a few times a year (plus some delivery - always reliable), but this West Broadway institution is well worth a visit for great pizza by the slice.
I usually opt for the basic margherita, or when ordering a whole pizza add pepperoni.
Always tasty, in large, thin crust NY style, this place has been family-owned and operated for years.
The interior is casual diner/cafe style (not really a restaurant), but the walls have been well-decorated with New York City sights and local Vancouver sports teams murals and memorabilia.
Just returned from New York and I'm craving NY style pizza already, so I went to Nat's to try and see if they do indeed offer authentic NY style pizza. The crust was thin, yes, but the quality cannot be compared to those in NY! The crust was chewy & dry (hurted my jaw just from chewing it) and the amount of cheese on the pizza was only normal, and not overloaded like the ones in NY. Pizza sauce used was average as well.
All in all, nothing spectacular but not terrible either. Just don't get your expectations up too high!
Nat & Franco definitely make the best pizza in town! I've been a loyal customer since I was in highschool and will continue to dine at the original kits location. My favorites: Pesto/Artichoke & Chorizo/Mushroom. They also make the best Greek Salad in the city! I've been to many fancy Italian pizza places (i.e. Marcello's) and they don't come close to Nat's pie. This is the closest thing to NYC pizza. I've also tried their Westend location, but I must say, Kits is still the best!
We are so tired of Nat's cardboard crust and scant toppings. I think that people like Nat's because it's just there and easily accessible. Sometimes I like the Tomato Salad and the Artichoke. We need a new pizza place in Kits. Thin crust, thick crust. Doesn't matter. We want a chewy crust with adequate toppings.
First the food: great pizza, my fave; Pesto Artichoke. Their Greek salad get a special mention from me too because it's simple and clean - not too much oil and spices. The service: I like it when the owner is right in the center of it all. Nat and the other guys have a great time there and like to joke around with customers or otherwise engage in some good banter. I'm amazed by the customer loyalty as shown by all the people who travel around the world and have their picture taken with a Nat's t-shirt on and these photos fill one of the walls.
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