Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar features an authentic wood-burning oven (forno) and centuries-old cooking traditions to create a Neapolitan inspired menu of rustic Italian comfort food.
Visited Novo on a Friday night and it was busy with people having dinner before going to see a movie next door. Res made so not a problem getting a table. Great space, open and bright. Tried the meatballs and Caprese salad, both pretty good. They are suppose to be known for their pizzas and ordered a few including the italian ham and arugula - just average as they were light on the toppings, a plain cheese pizza and a artichoke pizza. Thin crust in the middle but very thick and chewy near the edges. They are a bit behind many of the other newer pizza places in terms of crust. Service was very good. Prices are are on the high side considering it's just pizza. Would come back to try the pastas, but go somewhere else for pizza.
OK so we do love pizza, and since we have been following all the new Neapolitan places and trying them all out, we had to try this place. I am surprised to be the first reviewing it since it was so busy in there! Service only OK, we waited for a LOOONG time for a server to come and talk to us, and were about to walk out when someone finally came. The pizza is quite good and a larger portion for the price than Nicli or Bibo, the pasta only OK in our opinion (but not bad), the burrata mozzarella and potato appetizers are awesome. The meatballs are so good!!! I was sort of on the fence about this place but the meatballs really won me over.
I took a friend out for her birthday dinner the other night. We decided to try Novo since my friend loves pizza & wine. We were seated promptly on the patio. Our waittress was friendly and seemed like she liked her job. We shared a pizza and each had a salad. I had the golden beet and she the house salad. They were both a good size. The amount of dressing was perfect and not over powering. The pizza was excellent! Great size to share if you are having something else. I crust was nice a crispy chewy. It almost melted in your mouth. My friend found a wine she like and I had a glass of draft. They only have Stanley Park on tap which limiting. Would be nice if they expanded to a couple more draft option ( I do realize they are a wine bar.) I have told friends about this place and will return.
I ended up hearing about Novo from a friend who invited me along. I remember reading about them in the Globe and Mail and so I figured I would give it a shot and see what their pizza is like.
First off, if you're expecting it to be an American style pizza, you might as well not come, their pizza is focused on the Italian style which is having a good crust, focusing on quality ingredients but not dousing a pizza with it, and letting ingredients come out with their own natural flavours. For example the sauce is not heavily salted so it may not be for everyone, but has a nice tomato citrus flavour that comes through.
I had the Capricciosa, which I really loved. I loved how it was hearty and that the toppings worked well on the pizza. But surprisingly, which I usually don't enjoy eating, was the crust, it was chewy and soft. And to me the best way to eat their pizza is with your hands. They also slice the pizza for you, which I know for some purist it's a no no, but when you have a table of people it's easy than tearing it apart and fumbling with the cutlery.
I'm pretty happy with the pizza here, and am looking forward to coming back in the evening. The owner told me that it's even better at night once the oven has been warmed up for a few hours.
What a great location - right next to the 5th Ave Cinema - food, service, and ambiance all solid. Can't say much more than that.
It was busy the night we visited, but was shown a seat by the 'pizza bar' with a view of the chefs kneading dough and making pizzas (interesting, though it does get a bit boring). Enjoyed the food and service was pleasant and efficient. Can't really rave about the place, but it does a very good job at being a 'solid' place to visit. I do intend to return.
Had a great dinner here this weekend. At first, we were a bit skeptical as we arrived to a packed restaurant and had to wait fifteen minutes despite our reservation. The staff more than made it up to us, however, and gave us each a complimentary glass of wine while we waited. When we were seated we were treated by the owner to an appetizer. The service was prompt and professional and the food was outstanding. The meatball appetizer plate was out of this world! I highly recommend it. For mains, we each had the prosciutto and arugula pizza with veggies added on. Pizzas were delicious, thin crust, wood fired, and with just the right amount of toppings. We shared a hazelnut and chocolate cheesecake, the chef's special creation, for dessert and enjoyed a good bottle of red wine. In total, our meal for two with tip came to around $120. We will definitely be back as the friendly and professional service, lively atmosphere, and mouth watering food makes this our new favourite place for Italian dining in Kits.
Went Sunday 1:00 pm. Everything quite exceptional. Group of four. After reading some of the reviews, I realize this place is not for everybody. The food quality and sophistication is exceptional. It's all ordinary food but gourmet. Big flavors, unique. At a certain age you don't mind paying extra for normal things done better. Thin crust pizza, but exceptional, crusty, tasty. Antipasta plate, robust dark coffee, truffle pasta, homemade pasta no less. calamari.
Great, fresh Italian food done better. Nothing fancy, no great pizzaz, no fanfar, just better. I liked it.
Our bill came, four people no alcohol / lunch, $72. A steal for what we got. Authentic and great quality ingredients are two good words for this place.
I'll be back, thank you.
We went there for the first time for an early dinner (before 6 pm) in the middle of the week and ended up waiting for over 40 minutes to get a salad and pizza while the restaurant was not busy! Our Pizza was a bit cold, half baked and half burned crust. The servers, or maybe our server, was very unprofessional and unorganized and was running around without knowing what he was doing.
The ambiance is definitely better than service. It’s hard to say if the low quality of service is simply because of having inexperienced staff or managers or both.
The size of the restaurant does not match the number of staff and they take your order but do not process it for some time (according to our server) and as a result there is a very long delay in getting your food.
They definitely need to improve if they want to stay in business.
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