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Ready-made pizza dough ?

LotusRapper Jan 4, 2013 09:26 AM

We buy frozen pizza dough balls from the freezer case at Famous Foods. But sometimes I'd like to pick up a fresh un-frozen ball to make pizza when spontaneity hits. Any place within CoV city limits that sell them ?

  1. geekmom Jan 4, 2013 10:38 AM

    Have you tried Whole Foods?

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      LotusRapper Jan 4, 2013 07:40 PM

      No, never even occurred to me ......

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        CoolerbytheLake Nov 15, 2013 04:06 PM

        Whole Foods carries frozen only.

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          islandgirl Nov 16, 2013 06:42 PM

          The one at Cambie & West 8th has fresh ones by the pizza by the slice area.

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            LotusRapper Nov 16, 2013 08:31 PM

            Got it ! :-)

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        Georgia Strait Jan 4, 2013 10:51 AM

        i realize you are looking for "fresh" - but the one frozen one i've had good luck w/ (summer party, make pizzas with chefs of all ages etc) is from Armstrong BC

        i found it in the IGA Marketplace
        http://www.kneadtobake.ca/about.htm

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          LotusRapper Jan 4, 2013 07:43 PM

          Good to know, GS. Again, like Whole Foods suggested by GeekMom above, I never bothered to ask. I tend to not bother much with IGA's freezer cases hence I prolly easily missed KTB's dough, so thanks for providing an extra (and nearby) source for me.

          But yeah, I'm looking for unfrozen-in-bag dough ready for rolling & baking. New Town Bakery up the street here (Cambie) used to have them, $2/bag. Owner lady says she no longer prepares them, as hardly anyone bought it.

        2. flowbee Jan 4, 2013 08:51 PM

          I used to buy some from Calabria Bakery on Victoria Drive.

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            KarenDW Jan 4, 2013 09:15 PM

            still available; best to call ahead.

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              1newyorkguy Jan 4, 2013 10:59 PM

              Calabria on Commercial has it..haven't tried it though.. Worth it? I'm interested in the best dough available so keep em coming.

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                1newyorkguy Jan 5, 2013 02:03 PM

                Just bought some Calabria brand at Ugo and Joes. Got home and read there is vegetable oil shortening in it, which is translation for hydrogenated oil/trans fat..I'll be returning it.

            2. waver Jan 5, 2013 11:04 AM

              Duso's on Granville Island carries it.

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                Florentine Jan 5, 2013 01:54 PM

                Try calling Gourmet Warehouse. I know they have it frozen, perhaps they also sell it fresh?

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                  amelieducroix Jan 11, 2013 10:53 PM

                  European Delicatessen on Davie has white, whole wheat, and sourdough pizza dough, refrigerated, not frozen, IIRC.

                  1. 1newyorkguy Jan 12, 2013 10:11 PM

                    I've been experiencing..making the dough is pretty easy..I think fresh yeast is important, and so is a long slow rise in the fridge. The harder part for me is stretching it out.

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                      ratbuddy Jan 12, 2013 10:42 PM

                      Lots of pizza places are happy to sell dough. Have you tried asking any?

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                        Geoduckling Mar 13, 2013 04:01 AM

                        Use to make ours at home but Fratelli's is so good that we just go with theirs now:http://fratellibakery.com/home

                        1. LotusRapper Nov 15, 2013 02:36 PM

                          Calabria Bakery on Victoria Drive is now closed :-(

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                            flowbee Nov 15, 2013 03:20 PM

                            Whoa! Sad news. They were a neighborhood institution.

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                              LotusRapper Nov 15, 2013 04:00 PM

                              Hang on, just caught this in the most recent US comment:

                              http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/1516282/restaurant/Kensington/Calabria-Bakery-Vancouver

                              "Moving in October to Port Moody
                              DINER REVIEW • SEP 30, 2013
                              Calabria Bakery is moving in mid-October to Calabria Bakery located in Port Moody, 2617 Murray St, V3H 1X1. Dialing formats: +1-604-939-1335,
                              2 blooks north of St. John, at Moody (Murray Street Bridge)"

                              But website is down: http://calabriabakery.com/?nr=0

                              1. re: flowbee
                                grayelf Nov 19, 2013 09:08 PM

                                @flowbee: Not just that neighbourhood, either. I remember trekking out to Victoria with my mum from Kerrisdale when I was a kid. That was some good bread.

                            2. LotusRapper Nov 15, 2013 04:49 PM

                              Bada bing ! Just called Original New Town Bakery (Cambie/19th) and they have fresh (unfrozen) pizza dough every day, in white or 60% WW. Man said each dough ball > 1 lb. Costs $2.75. All this time, and they're just up the street from me [smacks head].

                              http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/149150...

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                                LotusRapper Nov 16, 2013 08:36 PM

                                So I tried New Town's dough for last night's dinner. It was very good. They kept it in the fridge until I picked it up, then upon arriving home I started rolling it (after dividing the huge ball into 2), making each one into a super big beavertail. Brushed on olive oil, spread out canned diced tomatoes (pre-drained), mini bocconcini balls, fresh basil, spinach leaves and chopped salami. 20 mins later at 425F, they were ready. The crust was thin but had a nice meaty substance to it (but not bready nor dense), Much better than the frozen Calabria ones we typically buy from Famous Foods (which roll out too thin and end up being drier and crustier). Both Mrs. LR and LR Jr. complimented me on the crust. So it was a winner winner pizza dinner :-)

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