With the slew of authentic Italian pizza places popping up in Vancouver in the past year, Trilussa is one of the few that serves authentic Roman-style pizza whereas the others serve Neapolitan-style pies. Roman-style pizza is different in that the crust is thicker, crisper, and chewier than its Neapolitan counterparts. The hand-formed pies at Trilussa are rectangular in shape and about two feet long. Known in Rome as pizza al taglio or pizza al trancio (which is Italian for pizza “by the cut”), these pies are cut with a knife and sold by the slice either by weight or length. In the case of Trilussa, the pizza slices are sold by length. Customers have a choice of two sizes – regular for a slice that is approximately 5″ long or large for a slice that is approximately 7″ long.
Since there were four of us on this visit, we decided to choose five different pies so we could sample a good portion of the menu. We chose to get the large size, which was about 7″ long so that we could each get a decent sized slice.
First out was the Milano ($5.50 for regular; $7.50 for large). It was topped with prosciutto cotto and mozzarella. The crust was chewier, crisper, and thicker than a Neapolitan-style pizza which is exactly what we expected in a Roman-style pizza. Overall, it was good but did not have much of a wow factor.
Next up was the Caprese ($5.50 for regular; $7.50 f0r large). The toppings consisted of tomato, bocconcini and organic mixed greens. This is one of the two pizzas at Trilussa which is served cold. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first but as it turns out, this was actually my favourite pizza of the evening. I loved the creaminess of the bocconcini contrasted against the acidity from the tomatoes and the mixed greens. This would be the perfect pizza to have on a warm summer’s day.
For our third pizza, we chose the Attilio ($5.50 for regular; $7.50 for large). It was topped with mushrooms and mozzarella. Again, this pizza was good but not outstanding. I wish they would use some wild mushrooms instead of the button variety to make it a bit more interesting and flavourful.
For our fourth pizza, we had the Capri ($5.50 for regular; $7.50 for large). The Capri was topped with sliced potatoes, pesto and pecorino. This was actually our least favourite out of the bunch we ordered. We found it to be a bit on the bland side.
Last, but not least was the Trastevere ($5.50 for regular; $7.50 for large). Normally, the Trastevere is topped with pancetta, mozzarella and pecorino. However, on this visit, they were out of pancetta and asked if they could substitute with capicolla. This was actually my second favourite pizza out of the five we tried. I liked it better than the Milano as I think the pecorino gave it the extra punch of flavour.
Overall, I did enjoy the pizzas. On my next visit, I’d like to try the Vancouver pizza, which is topped with salmon and organic salad. This is the second pizza at Trilussa that is served cold. As we were finishing up, I saw an order of this go by and it actually looks quite tasty.
We were surprised at how busy this place was on a Friday night. Fortunately, my dining companions had gotten there a couple of minutes before the rush and managed to snag the last booth. I think the secret is out in the neighbourhood about how good this place is for inexpensive take-out pizza. While many of these pizzas didn’t have a wow factor for me compared to the pizzas from places like Pizzeria Delfina in San Francisco or Apizza Scholls in Portland, OR, they were definitely head and shoulders above the regular pizza chains. The nice part is that you can order as little or as much as your want since everything is sold be the slice. I’d go back if I happen to be in the neighbourhood and was craving pizza.
Trilussa Pizza and Pane
4363 Main Street