Man, I remember reading about this place in the early 90's in the Province newspaper. No joke! The reason I remember is the name - J. Beethoven's. If my memory serves me right, the review was favourable. It's funny how that I've never tried the place out, despite being nearby for almost 5 years. Well, today is the day. With my son finishing up his ice skating lesson, I needed to pick up some food along the way home for dinner. Not wanting to settle for a chain pizza joint (nothing wrong with that by the way), I reached deep into my memory and pulled J. Beethoven out of the hat. Apparently, this is Michael Buble's favourite pizza joint. It probably has something to do with the fact he is a Burnaby native himself. Well, when I arrived to pick up the pizza, there was no mistaking that Michael Buble likes this place. There must've been over 10 pictures of him on the wall. If I didn't know any better, I would mistaken this place for a Buble shrine! I'm surprised they weren't playing his music.
In terms of the pizza, the thing that sets it apart is the shape. You won't find many places specializing in square pizza, other than the infrequent specials at Pizza Hut and the lot. We decided to get a large pizza with one half being Hawaiian and the other being the Herculean. The Hawaiian is pretty self-explanatory, while the Herculean consists of Italian Sausage, Lean Ground Beef, Pepperoni and Salami. I'm not sure if pizza is the right description. To me at least, it resembled pizza bread more than anything. The crust is quite thick; yet soft at the same time. As you can see, there is a good amount of toppings and cheese. After 2 slices, I was pretty stuffed.
The pizza didn't feel greasy at all and despite being thick, the crust was easy to eat. There are actually tables for people to eat in; but it's a bit cramped. Moreover, you'll have to stare at pictures of Michael Buble since they're on every wall. I'm not with Michael here since I didn't love the pizza. I wasn't really all that wow'd by it. I thought the crust was a bit too much. I prefer Hot Oven Pizza where the crust is a bit thinner. With that being said, it was a decent pizza that I brought "Home" (sorry for the stupid Buble reference there).
- Heavy on the toppings
- If you like thick crust...
- If you like Michael Buble...
- Too much crust for me
- A bit heavy to eat