Monday, September 12, 2011

Ah Beetz - worth the drive


Ah Beetz New York Pizza

2664 Gladys Avenue, Abbotsford

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Food: 4
Service: 4.5
Price: Fair for the quality

I been meaning to check out Ah Beetz pizza for at least over a year now. The last time I went down to Abbotsford it was around lunch time. Unfortunately at that time, they did not open for lunch, but apparently now they do.

After a fun filled day at Castle Fun Park (it's more fun than you think), we decided to grab dinner, so I immediately suggested Ah Beetz.

We arrived to find a tiny restaurant with only a few tables, but no air condition (it was so hot in there).
Since it was a Sunday and other local businesses were closed, the restaurant owners were kind enough to let us bring out their chairs and tables and dine in the parking lot.
The owners were very nice, and quite knowledgeable. We asked them for some suggestion, and base on our size, they said we should consider their weekend special: 2 XL pizza with 1 bottle of 2L pop for $45. We took their suggestion an ordered a couple of their recommendations.
I loved the Amore Mio made with Calabrese salami, caramelized onions, roasted garlic, tomato sauce, aged mozzarella, bocconcini, topped off with fresh basil and parmigiano reggiano. This was definitely my favorite. The roasted garlic worked with slightly spicy salami. Also the caramelized onions added a hint of sweetness to it. 

Their crust was special too, because it's slightly charred at the bottom. The reason for this is because they don't use any baking pans, the pizza are loaded directly in the oven as is. The crust was very thin and crunch near the edge, and slightly chewy in the middle.
The 2nd pizza we ordered was the Salsiccia ($25) made with Italian sausage, red onions, tomato sauce, aged mozzarella, and bocconcini, topped off with fresh basil & parmigiano reggiano. This was definitely the more meaty pizza out of the 3, because of the sausage. I found this one overly salty in comparison, but then again half of our group absolutely loved it.
Because we had 12 people, 2 extra large pizza just wouldn't be enough, thus we ordered a 3rd XL pizza: Funghi ($24). This one is made with mushrooms, black truffle oil, tomato sauce and aged mozzarella, topped off with fresh basil and parmigiano reggiano. Although this was also very good for a vegetarian pizza, but I found the abundance of mushroom over powered any hint of the truffle oil. On the other hand, R absolutely love this one and would highly recommend. As I said many times, taste is subjective :P.

After 3 XL pizza, we were all very full. This definitely not your typically pizza joint with the options for Hawaiian or Pepperoni, these pizza are made with fine ingredients on a delicious hand made crust. You can definitely taste the freshness of all the toppings. Also their tomato paste was more like a home made chunky tomato sauce. Overall, I definitely recommend this place to anyone, it might be even worth the drive for the avid pizza lovers.


KimHo September 12, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Good to know that, after Terry sold this place to open Pizzeria Barbarella in Vancouver, the new owners have kept the quality of this place. Back then it was worth the drive so, based on your thoughts, it is still worth the drive now.

Kevin September 12, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Look out for Terry in Vancouver at Pizzeria Barbella, opening...soon! Broadway & Fraser :)

Jenny September 30, 2011 at 10:26 AM

@ Kim and Kevin: I didn't know about Pizzeria Barbarella, thanks for the heads up.

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