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Sep 17, 2013 03:10 AM

Don't Argue Pizzeria on Main St

I read a buzz about this new pizza place and checked it out. Had a very quality slice there with a great white beer on tap (White Bark Witbier). I will definitely be back..they are open late and is the only place that I know of in town that makes really quality pizza available by the slice.

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  1. Funny I just drove by them yesterday and did a double-take. By the slice .... yay !

    Pizza Garden on Commercial Drive does decent ones by the slice. So does Ragazzi on E. 22nd, but I think you said you had a really bad slice there once.

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    1. re: LotusRapper

      I have to try this new one out. I agree with LotusRapper about Pizza Garden making a decent NY style slice. I think their location on Smithe just off Granville has a slightly higher quality than their Commercial Drive location. The photo is from their Smithe location.

      1. re: YVRChow

        Oh yeah I've had some pretty good slices at the Garden on Commercial..also have had pretty good slices at that place on Pender Goldies..but I think this place, Don't Argue, is a cut above.

      2. re: LotusRapper

        Unforgettable Pizza at Cambie & 8th has great by-the-slice too. Crispy NY-style crust and slightly sweet sauce. $5 for two includes a drink.

        1. re: mendicity

          Yes, Unforgettable's sauce is alright. But I find he piles on the cheese and meats too much, ending in a rather greasy and drippy wedge.

          Ragazzi's on E. 22 has decent slices., but only 3 kinds (pepperoni, Hawaiian, veggie)

          1. re: LotusRapper

            Piling on cheese and meats seems like the antithesis of NY style pizza.

      3. I got takeout this weekend. Pretty good pizza. The whole group enjoyed it. I'd place it on a similar level as Farina, but they're very different pies. Crust is slightly thicker than Farina and tastes different.

        More pics and closeups of their menu here:

          1. re: LotusRapper

            Went tonight and ordered two pies sequentially, so that neither suffered from waiting. The first was a white pie with the saltiest pancetta (sliced too thickly) I've ever tasted, and I love salt. The rest of the pie was just bland; even the red onions had no bite. Crust was cracker thin. Second pie had D Original's salami, mushrooms and raw arugula. It was much thicker, to the point of squidginess in spots. Sauce was watery and a bit sweet, but overall a more successful pie. They're charging Via Tevere prices for a much lesser product, alas. And the service was lackadaisical and slow. Room is cold, drafty, chairs not comfy. Can't say we'd rush back.

            1. re: grayelf

              Agreed. I've noticed inconsistencies too. First time was great, especially their potato pizza. Second time, the toppings weren't as generous, which just pissed us off.

              1. re: dennisthefoodie

                We tried going in two weeks ago, on a Friday night around 6:15pm. Mrs. and Jr. in tow. Place was busy but not crammed to the hilts. But as we were asking the young lady at the counter what the wait time might be, we ended up shouting at each other, despite being only 2 feet apart. The room's acoustics and ambiance was cold & loud, no warmth whatsoever, very sterile. We looked around and immed. felt uncomfortable, and the long wait time she told us (~ 20 to 30 mins for a table) gave us the perfect excuse to skedaddle. Ended up going to (ready for this ?) ..... The French Table up the street, where we enjoyed a relaxing, laid-back, tasty dinner even with LR Jr. (ok, the iPad helped).

                Not planning to go back to Don't Argue.

                1. re: LotusRapper

                  On the other hand, I like that they have a jukebox at the back...

          2. It's my fav in town, even more than Farina. Didn't try that other place though yet

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            1. re: brokentelephone

              I like one pie at Farina, so I just get it if there's no lineup and it's not summertime (dang, that is one HOT space, and not in good way).

              Otherwise, gotta suck it up and get to Via Tevere before opening to get the first seating. We missed the window by 15 mins last night, hence the experimental sortie to Don't Argue.

              One thing DA does have is several taps with good local beers. Unfortunately the lame service resulted in SO getting a less than optimal one last night.

              1. re: grayelf

                Less than optimal beer, or pizza ?

                  1. re: grayelf

                    Curious how their (lame) service screwed up your SO's beer ? :-/

                    1. re: LotusRapper

                      The counter person was close to non-responsive over any questions. When he asked for a darker beer, finally said they didn't have one. Table next to us had three glasses, all darker, all poured after us. I could go on, but I won't.

                      1. re: grayelf

                        Jah the service there blows. It's a bunch of 18-25 year olds running the place, what do you expect?

                        1. re: brokentelephone

                          Sadly, fairly typical of many Vancouver restaurants and retailers in general, where after the initial hype (may be justified), subsequent months/years just slide downwards because the proprietors/mgm't either didn't train staff properly initially, or just let things cruise on autopilot, banking on their initial lofty reputation. Rant over.

                        2. re: grayelf

                          I seriously doubt that anyone working there even knows the difference between an ale and a lager. If a place is gonna go to the trouble of carrying craft beer, they better read up and know what they're selling.