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May 27, 2010 08:24 AM

Pepperoni in Victoria - help! ...need some of the good stuff !

Hey all,
Gonna make a good old basic NY style pizza this weekend. Any leads on quality pepperoni? It'll be my dough, my sauce, quality cheeses and herbs. I need the good, spicy stuff. BTW - love what the lower sea level and higher humidity is doing for my pizza crusts. Perfection every time.

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  1. The Victoria 'hounds will have better intel on this, but Choux Choux has artisinal charcuterie (albeit in the French style) http://www.chouxchoux.ca/

    For regular pepperoni here in Vancouver, I usually go to an Italian market (eg Bosa Foods) - I'm sure there is a similar market there in Victoria. A quick Google: http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/317/14333... (I'm sure there are more.


    For a locally produced commercial pepperoni - I like the stuff made by Freybe.

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    1. re: fmed

      Red Barn on West Saanich Rd. has some pretty good stuff. That's my rec!


      I can't comment on the spiciness of their pepperoni, but they have awesome sausages, bison sticks,.... and lots of cheeses as well.

      1. re: sumashi

        You could try Italian Food Imports on Blanshard.

        I'm sure Ottavio on Oak Bay Ave would have some good pepperoni, or at the very least would know where you could get some.

        Italian Food Import
        1114 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC V8W2H6, CA

        1. re: anewton

          Oh yeah, I forgot about Italian Food Imports right downtown. That would be worth checking out. I've read that their sandwiches are really good, but haven't tried it myself.

          Italian Food Import
          1114 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC V8W2H6, CA

    2. Hey, thanks all. I headed up to the Red Barn and was treated to a sampling of their Bison pepperoni. It was on the mild side, so I opted for the regular, hot stuff. Not bad. Kinda lost it's zing on the pie, though. But - they DID have a good supply of 6 in 1 tomato sauce, which I stocked up on while I was at it. Will drop in at the Italian Market and ask around. The stuff I was using back east was from Brothers Meats & Deli in Dartmouth. Gonna be hard to beat it ...

      Red Barn
      751 Vanalman Ave, Victoria, BC V8Z3B8, CA

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      1. re: spitjr

        6 in 1 tomato sauce...?
        Ok I just googled that and found out it's a brand. Looks interesting...

        1. re: spitjr

          @spitjr Did you happen to find good pizza pepperoni at Italian Food Imports?

          Also, I heard about a trick where you pre-microwave the pepperoni a bit before putting it on the pizza. I haven't tried it; don't know how long. I guess this gets the oils going and makes it crispier by the time the pizza is finished baking.

          Italian Food Import
          1114 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC V8W2H6, CA

        2. What about the Whole Beast on Oak Bay Ave? Cory has the best cured meats on the island right now, if not the BC coast. Great range for all palates ...
          The latest offering when I was in last was a batch of Italian style blood sausage.