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amelieducroix Jan 6, 2011 10:51 AM

Any word on Nicli Antica? Has it opened yet? I'm dying to see if it's going to add anything fantastic to Vancouver's pathetic pizza scene.

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    barksducks Aug 2, 2011 09:19 AM

    I went to Nicli last week and, being from Toronto, the prices didn't shock me too much. I had the capricciosa and thought it was fantastic. We have a decent napolitano place in Toronto called Queen Margharita, way out on Queen East, that reminds me of Nicli. I guess the softness of the crust is a personal thing, but I like it a lot and they did it perfectly at Nicli. I also like that every pizza comes out looking like a slightly cockeyed person made it. Lots of character. Ingredients were fresh and copious, the sauce was excellent, and I hope the restaurant continues to attract lots of people and survives!

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      Quattrociocchi Aug 2, 2011 04:59 PM

      I had lunch there today and also had the capriciosa.....delicious! and NOT soggy in the middle, even after 10 minutes.... This is my new favorite pizza place.

    2. flowbee Feb 24, 2011 06:36 PM

      We went to Nicli's a couple nights ago and loved it! I thought the execution was great. The crust is pretty much what I look for in a thin, simple pizza. I think "minimal" is the operative word here. We had the marg, funghi and diavola. Pizza porn attached.

      I understand the bitching about the prices. I wouldn't go here more than a couple times a month. But I felt quite satisfied with a marg and a beer. I'm ok with that for a $20 meal. Heck, people end up spending more at a CFD place like Earls. The spicy salami in the diavola added a nice saltiness, which was definitely needed in comparison to the marg, which was a little too mild. The sauce is very mild and fresh-tasting. I love that crust!

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
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        YVRChow Feb 13, 2011 09:13 AM

        Yes, I went and put a little review onto the pizza thread with photos: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1082...

        Long and short of it - I was pretty disappointed with the pizza, but impressed with their PR.

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          ck1234 Feb 17, 2011 05:24 PM

          Hmmmm, I am unsure of what I think... The pizzas look beautiful when delivered! All the ingredients were worthy and the crust was good, but I kinda felt like something was missing, though I don't know what! I had the CAPRICCIOSA with pomodoro, artichokes, mushrooms, black olives, fior di latte, prosciutto cotto, parmigiano, basil. I loved the mushrooms, but I believe I only had two on my whole pizza. I guess I am still asking myself if I thought this pizza was worth $20???

          My son had the DIAVOLA $16 - pomodoro, fior di latte, salamino picante, parmigiano, basil...he said it was good, but he wouldn't rush back for more...not that either of us are any kind of pizza experts or anything...my son actually tried comparing it with Domino's about the prices and I had to give him a lecture about comparing apples with apples, not oranges and then a lesson on ingredients! He just looked at me like I was a food nerd. :-)

          I liked the restaurant decor and service was great. They are really trying hard, you can see that just by watching how they operate...

           
           
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            majordomo Feb 17, 2011 07:15 PM

            Agreed with the previous comments here- beautiful interior, excellent service but the prices are completely out of whack.

            I had a twelve dollar Margherita and thought it compared nicely to Libretto in Toronto in terms of price/quality/persentation, but adding four pieces for a prosciutto pizza (the *only* difference between our orders) jacks the price by six bucks!!!
            I don't care if it's got delicately shaved unicorn horn on it, $18 for this pizza is about four dollars more than I'd top out at.

            Nicli, I want you guys to stay in business- please take a look at your prices and adjust things to a sensible level. You'll make more dough if you move more dough.

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          JEheartbreak Feb 13, 2011 05:18 AM

          I went last night. It's very good pizza. GREAT crust, good amount of cheese/tomato sauce. Light on the add'l toppings (wanted more mushrooms). No take-out. The place itself is on the smaller side, so if you go, go early or go prepared to stand and wait and drink or make a reservation. I went at 6 pm and sat immediately, but there was a crazy line by 7. Pizzas are around $14 each. Very boozy tiramisu which was more cake than mascarpone. Some nice wines. Place is a little more swanky/trendy than I was hoping for, but it's a keeper. Just maybe not a spur of the moment pizza place.

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            selena03 Feb 12, 2011 05:26 PM

            We ate there last night and it was a wait for a table but once we placed our order we had our pizza in less than 5 minutes...love the space and friendly staff...pizza was delicious (I had the margherita) but could have been cooked a bit longer for a little more char. Would def return.

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              kroekerj Jan 6, 2011 01:36 PM

              Final inspection Jan. 8 I heard. So hopefully soon they will open! I'm dying to see what this place can put out as well. He said to bank on a December opening...but December is a tough month to get much done. Here's hoping for January! Crazy to think that this place was first slated to open in July 2010...

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                fmed Jan 6, 2011 07:28 PM

                All the best to him. I'm not liking the beginning of this story...opening six months later than planned. Where have I heard this before?

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                eatrustic Jan 6, 2011 01:30 PM

                No sign they are opening just yet. Here's their website where they give updates (although the last one was in December):
                http://nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca/

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