Takeout & Delivery Pizza baked in a stone hearth.
My gf and I ordered from Pizza Garden a couple months ago and had a terrible experience. From the get go, there was confusion. The dude taking orders over the phone struggles with English and I had to repeat my order several times before he understood. No big thing. He said the porscuitto and mushroom pie will be 40 mins. Ok, great. An hour and ten mins later I called the guy back and informed him that we were still sans pizza. He says to me that there was some kind of mix up and that the delivery man would arrive any minute. A full 20 mins later we are still tapping our feet and clock-watching. I call back and apparently the mook cant find my place. I live a mile from the joint on a main street. Just then he arrives with a stone cold pizza. I pay the guy but promptly phone Pizza Garden and tell them that this is so far passed acceptable that I would never give them business again. He is very apologetic and says that he will knock 50% off my next order. Ok, fine. I eat the cold pizza noting that it was actually quite tasty despite the fact. Last week I ordered from them again. And yes, the man remembers his promise. A short 40 mins later, a friendly pizza delvery guy has my steaming hot extra large pizza. Half price for an excellent pizza. The crust is chewy, slightly elastic. The toppings fresh and authentic. I tend to think that this might be the closest thing on the Drive to a "real"l slice of pizza (besides Marcello/Lombardos). They will get my delivery pizza dollars in the future.
awesome crust, quality toppings, value, variety....
Have ordered in and had pizza by the slice... and would definitely recommend!
Pizza in Vancouver tends to have thick / doughy crust... not this place... the crust is awesome. This is gourmet pizza on a budget
Uncle Fatih's used to be our fav... but Pizza Garden has most definitely surpassed!
Pizza Garden has great tasting pizza. I discovered this place after leaving another restaurant on the drive disappointed. Needed something to eat after all those free drinks. Add some ranch sauce to enhance the taste. Will be going back next time after the drinks.
I'm sure native west-coasters get tired of hearing this oft-repeated refrain from transplanted Torontonians: why are there no decent pizza slices in Vancouver?? Why are the crusts all gummy and totally the wrong texture? What is the deal with the sesame seeds? Doesn't anyone know how to make good thin crust pizza that has a nice char, crispy outer texture, yet chewy in the middle?.......
.......Answer: the "new" Pizza Garden on the Drive knows how to do it right!!
Food: Yes, five stars. Almost perfect crust with great-tasting toppings and in the proper amounts. Seriously, after "discovering" this place there is literally no reason to venture south on the Drive where the various slices are vastly inferior. A cautionary note: this type of pizza is really best when it is fresh from the oven. Always go for the freshest slices or, better yet, order a whole pizza and take it home with you.
Service: You place your order. They smile. You give them your money. They give you your food. Everyone is happy. Any questions?
Value: I'm going to give it a five-star rating in part because the real value lies in the fact that almost nobody (aside from Ragazzi; their store, not their mobile pizza truck downtown) knows how to do a "proper" pizza by the slice. If this were Toronto where good slices are far more plentiful, I would probably make it four stars.
Everyone do yourself a favour and try this place out. Hopefully you will agree that this pizza is vastly superior to the weirdly gummy and non crispy slices that seem to be the norm in Vancouver.
Ignore all of the previous reviews as they solely relate to previous management and a completely different style of pizza. In all fairness, the ratings for this place should start over since the average rating is now dragged down by old reviews that are no longer applicable.
Decided to go with my girlfriend to Pizza Garden, the Commercial Drive location this time, since we both dig pizza and I'd been ranting about this place since I'd first tried it last week. We decided to eat in, the Drive just has such a cool vibe that you want to hang around. The staff was friendly and the aroma of the pizza being cooked in their big wood-fired oven is intoxicating.
We decided on a large Funghi, with the sautéed mushrooms (delicious), topped with truffle oil (how deluxe)! It was so so good. Nothing beats eating a Neapolitan style pizza fresh out of the oven, the fior de latte freshly melted, the hand stretched dough (really adds to the authenticity); my girlfriend loved it too. We finished the whole pizza in one quick sitting, no problem! It was certainly affordable too, which one can always appreciate. I could have gone for another, truth be told, if I wasn't so sufficiently full from the first pizza.
Good service, good food, good prices. We'll be back again soon, Pizza Garden!
I've been ordering pizza on Commercial Drive for 4 years from Fatih's, MegaBite, 4 Brothers, etc, and this is my first time ordering from Pizza Garden. This place is a close second to "Fancy" pizza places like Lombardo's etc. Give that this is also a "pay per slice" place, that is one impressive accolade. The pizza is fresh, not too salty, and the crust soft yet chewy just like Neapolitan should be. Generous with the cheese (ordered a Large Magherita) it arrived piping hot and the driver was friendly.
This is my number one choice for Delivery on the drive and I think give the quality of the ingredients it's an amazing value.
I was so impressed that I wrote this review, my first, about 5 minutes after the pizza was delivered.
A few weeks ago I stopped in to order a cheap medium pizza when to my amazement the lady at the cash register turned left and sneezed all over the single serve slices. The lady beside me asked her is she has a cold, and she blamed it on the pepper that she was just re-filling. She didn't even bother to remove the slices, leaving them there to be sold, and was ready and eager to sell one to the lady waiting in line who just witnessed the horror.
Welcome to Pizza Garden where the pizza makers rub their hands through their greasy hair and flick the sweat off there faces with their fingers. Watch in amazement when those hands go straight into the blue tub of cheese that gets spilt onto the line, which eventually ends up on your pizza, which then (if your lucky!)gets sneezed on.
This is some serious nasty, Nasty.
This is one of the first pizza joints I really got into. You find a solid pizza here but the joint is kinda ratty and dirty (not to mention their pizza making environment). I'm not going to knock this place too much because it's what I was raised on in a matter of speaking but not the best place on Commercial to get pizza.