Pizza for Breakfast?

 
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It’s true, it seems this Kitsilano gem will put a soft boiled egg on just about any Italian staple.

 

By Sarah Berman

 

brunch pizza

brunch pizza


 
Nook Restaurant
1525 Yew Street
Kitsilano, Vancouver, BC
(604) 734 3381

 

[Note: this restaurant has another location on Denman Street, but the Denman Nook does not serve brunch.]

 

There is something positively luxurious about eating brunch at 4:00 p.m. on a lazy Saturday. And to kick up the luxe factor, Nook’s Kitsilano location includes all the trimmings of a fine Italian dinner: salty prosciutto, clouds of buffalo mozzarella, nuts, olives, quinoa, pomegranate seeds, the occasional poached egg—all of it working together in fascinating harmony.

 

A relatively new addition to the scenic edge of Kits beach, Nook’s atmosphere is that of a wide-open pantry with big windows and curious jars stored away in the highest hard-to-see shelves. It has an Italian grandmother’s touch, but with modern structure and restraint. A third of the tables were unoccupied when we arrived, adding to the spacious atmosphere.
 
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The first thing our table ordered was the veggie antipasto, which completely surprised us. A long plate with an arrangement of five cosy medleys of course rare grains, beets, lentils, brussel sprouts, fruit or nut—all topped with a marshmallowy dollop of fresh buffalo mozza mixed with cream (called burrata in Italian). Each cold salad had its own notes of tang and salt. It was honestly the healthiest Italian dish I’ve ever eaten.

 

Next we ordered the prosciutto and arugula pizza, which had a healthy-sized crust, slightly blistered by the fire oven. First bites revealed a unique chewiness, brought on by setting the dough for two days. All of the elements were simple but well-done. Even the chili oil for crust-dipping was well-integrated, not merely a condiment to cover the taste.

 

Nook is a bit expensive if you’re just in the hood to grab a quick bite. Pizzas range between $16 and $20. But if you’re in the mood to try something new and treat yourself—or just want a reason to stroll along Kits beach before or after a meal—Nook is a solid destination.

 

We arrived just a little too late to get the full brunch experience—complete with runny soft-boiled egg on pizza. Something we will have to return to sample another time. It’s also worth noting Nook has an excellent drink list. We didn’t take advantage of the bar either—though I ordered a non-alcoholic lemon soda. Service was punctual and friendly—we joked with our waiter about a woman walking down the street skyping on an iPad.

 

arugula pesto

arugula pesto

 

Other menu items include spaghetti bolognese, rigatoni boscaiol and gnochi (a chewy potato pasta). While these are undoubtedly fine, authentic options, hand-made daily, the stand-out at Nook is the pizza. With or without an egg.
 

sandwiches

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