On a cool weekend we stopped in Gastown to visit Stretch Roman Pizza Company on Abbott Street.
They have a fairly extensive menu of pizza toppings and combinations. They also have salads and paninis on the menu. But we were here for the pizza.
As a roman pizza place, the front counter features about a dozen varieties of pizza by the slice. Customers can order by the slice, or place a made-to-order for a 12″, 24″ or 36″ pizza. Any by-the-slice orders are reheated quickly in the oven and served.
These were the tropical chicken and proscuitto & arugula pizza
And these were the brie & proscuitto and vesuvio pizza
Roman pizza, unlike neapolitan pizzas, have a thicker crust, usually crisp from end to end, with large air pockets in the middle, and crumb with a slightly chewy crumb. And the by-the-slice, by-the-inch, or by-weight method of sale is quite characteristic of roman style.
I liked the toppings on these pizzas, they’re high quality fresh ingredients. The tropical chicken pizza was sweet and smoky. The proscuitto and arugula was good, and the seasoning is right. The prosciutto was crisp and savory, but the arugula was wilted by the reheating process. The vesuvio was probably my favorite, because of the creamy bocconcini, the acidity of the tomatoes, and the pepperiness of the arugula. The crust certainly crisp from end to end, but one of the thickest of any roman style pizza that I’ve head. The crumb is quite bready with a denser crumb (small air pockets)
As a takeout style operation, the service is minimal, but pleasant and courteous.
The space is bright and minimalist, with a couple of small tables, a communal long table and a bench facing out the front windows into the street.