Famoso has always been on our list of authenticity when it comes to Neapolitan pizzas. Some may find its dough too soft or soggy but that was the texture of the Neapolitan pizzas we had in Naples, the birth place of this pizza variety. When Famoso recently launched new menu items, we gladly accepted the invitation to give them a try.
Before we got to the new items, we ordered the Polpette al Forno (Spiced Pork Meatballs) to start. They were meaty and juicy, not much filler, and the meatballs held together really well. What made this addictive was the tomato sauce. It was the same sauce you would find in the Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella Balls; it tasted fresh, tomatoey (if there is such a word) and we really liked the acidity in the tomatoes.
Then, we took our first bites of the new items. The Korean BBQ Pork Pizza could be deceiving. At first we found it a bit sweet from the BBQ sauce and hoisin sauce, then bam! the heat finally hit you and now it’s a fine balance of sweet and spicy. It didn’t look like a lot of meat in the toppings either, but turned out to be just right. If you like Asian food, you will enjoy this Asian twist to an Italian classic.
The Paesano Fire Bread Sandwich (Pulled Pork Sandwich) is different from most others. The pulled pork was not drenched in an excessive amount of sauce that makes you make a mess while eating it. Instead, the flavours came from the salsa verde and the rosemary-lemon aioli. The bread had a nice chewy texture with a bit of char marks from the bell oven. It’s still messy but mostly from the meat juice. And with the peppery arugula and roasted peppers, the sandwich tasted fresh and was a healthier version of a pulled pork sandwich.
With the sandwich, you can choose a side of soup or salad; we went for the Fire-Roasted Tomato Bisque. It was creamy, tomatoey with the right amount of acidity. The tomatoes being roasted added a bit of smoky flavours, too. The feta cheese on top brought extra creaminess, similar to adding a dollop of creme fraiche. Nice comfort food on a chilly day.
Of course a pizza dinner wouldn’t be complete without drinks. We were there on a Tuesday and the Tuesday special is $4 sleeves of beer on tap. They had a number of local beers available, including seasonal ones, so there would be something for everyone.
The flavours of the two new items are not your typical Italian flavours; but they tasted great, and are reasonably priced. So if you are open to trying new things, I think it’s worth giving them a try. While you are there, save some room for Affogato at the end!
Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria (Commercial Drive)
1380 Commercial Drive, Vancouver