Pacifico Pizzeria & Ristorante (Smithe)

I’m both a pervert and quite immature. Thus, when I saw some mildly erotic paintings on the bathroom doors of a restaurant, I really could not resist but take a few photos….

If you’re wondering where you can find these paintings, they are at Pacifico Pizza & Restaurante. The latter is an Italian joint with two locations, one on Davie and the other on Smithe. I visited their Smithe location during lunchtime, where they served lunch specials that comes with a choice of a salad or soup. I got their 10″ The Gorgon Pizzetta and their Gnocchi Rosa. Unfortunately, they were out of soup during the day that I visited, so I ended up going with their two salads (Caesar and Giardino; yes, I actually ate salads – two in fact).

10″ Specialty Pizzetta (The Gorgon, Caesar Salad, $15.95):

The pizzas that they serve at the Neapolitan wood-fired variety. I could really taste the gorgonzola, which had a nice strong pungent flavour (in a good way) as well as tanginess and richness. The salami also provided a great saltiness and spice, while the mushrooms had a great fragrance. The pizza crust was also very good, and was quite crispy, and nice and cruncy around the edges. The accompanying Caesar salad was standard, but fresh, and came in a fairly large bowl.

Gnocchi Rosa (Giardino Salad, $13.95):

The gnocchi was soft and slightly chewy, and had a nice savoury flavour to them. They were covered in a tangy, but creamy and flavourful tomato sauce. I was somewhat disappointed by the portion size however; it was quite small and more of a side dish for me than an actual meal. The Giardino salad was fresh, and came with a nice oily dressing.

Although I’m quite disappointed about being ‘forced’ to eat my arch nemesis (aka salad), I did quite enjoy the rest of their food. The prices that they have for their lunch specials are fairly reasonable (although I do find their pasta portions to be pretty small). The service seems to vary: the lady I got was a bit stiff and inattentive, but some of the other servers appear to be more friendly. All in all, I’d recommend checking this restaurant out for their erotic bathroom art tasty Italian food.

Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: The Gorgon Pizza, Gnocchi Rosa
Pacifico Pizzeria Ristorante Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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