Nicli Antica was the first of the certified Neopolitan Pizzerias in Vancouver. It’s been years since I first visited, not because it wasn’t worthy of revisiting, but because so many other great pizzerias arrived in the years the followed… it took until now to return.
And it doesn’t help that Nicli is in a… exotic neighborhood.
Since this was a weekend lunch visit, the feature item was a “brunch” pizza.
This is a hand stretched 12″ pizza shell, topped with crema, fior di latte, slow roasted onions, thinly shaved coppa, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and a sunny side organic egg. The coppa is a cured shoulder ham. The fior di latte is a fresh mozzarella made from cows milk. The sharp cheese was a nice touch.
I went with the diavola.
This pizza is topped with pomodoro, grana padano, fior di latte, sopressata, chili oil and fresh basil.
It’s nice to know that some things have stayed the same. These are excellent pizzas. They are crisp on the edges, with a nice leoparding char pattern on the bottom, and slightly soft in the center. There’s a nice well-developed flavor and toppings are fresh and good quality.
The room is still bright, fresh and modern.
Our server was pleasant, friendly and attentive.