The Pepperoni Slice With New York City Roots

Last year, I visited New York for four days. While I was there, I confirmed something that I had always suspected – that New York pizza was something special. You may not believe it without tasting the difference for yourself. But, New York pizza is actually better than any pizza I’ve ever had in Vancouver. A New York pepperoni slice tasted like every $2 slice I’d ever eaten in Vancouver, except that it tasted like a $2 slice made by a world-class chef.

Nat's New York Pizzeria - Italian Pizza Shop - Kitsilano - Vancouver

Since that trip, I’ve been curious to see if any pizza in Vancouver could measure up to the pizza in New York. It didn’t take long to find an obvious place to start. If there were any place in Vancouver to get a New York slice, it would be Nat’s New York Pizzeria. After all, the owners of this New York-style pizza joint learned the craft in Big Apple itself.

Nat's New York Pizzeria - Italian Pizza Shop - Kitsilano - Vancouver

To find out whether Nat’s pizza measured up, there was only one way to go – the pepperoni slice. Toasted to perfection and plated on a cafeteria tray, the slice was large and impressive.

Pepperoni Slice at Nat's New York Pizzeria | tryhiddengems.com

The crust was golden brown and as thin as any New York-style slice should be. Softly melted cheese covered the base, with slices of crisp pepperoni scattered around.

Pepperoni Slice at Nat's New York Pizzeria | tryhiddengems.com

That classic pepperoni pizza taste emerged from a combination of ingredients. The savoury flavor of the pepperoni contrasted well against the subtle sweetness of the tomato sauce. This balance of flavours worked well with the golden crunch of the crust.

Pepperoni Slice at Nat's New York Pizzeria | tryhiddengems.com

Based on Nat’s decor, the worst thing you could say about the pizza at here is that it’s a loving tribute to the New York slice. New York memorabilia and pieces of the restaurant’s history cover the walls. As a result, the restaurant feels like a mix between a New York sports bar and an after-school hangout spot.

Nat's New York Pizzeria - Italian Pizza Shop - Kitsilano - Vancouver

It might be a little bold to claim that Vancouver has a pizzeria that could challenge the world-class reputation of the New York slice. But sometimes it’s good to be bold, like Nat’s New York Pizzeria.

Nat's New York Pizzeria - Italian Pizza Shop - Kitsilano - Vancouver

Restaurant: Nat's New York Pizzeria

Featured Dish Name: Pepperoni Slice

Dish Type: Pizza

Available For: All Day

Dish Price: $3.50

Flavour Profile: Savoury

Served: Hot

Portion Size: Large

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