At Nicli Antica Pizzeria, we believe in making a lot of the ingredients we use on our pizzas in-house. This is the beginning of a series of house made ingredients we specialize in and are proud of.
This week’s feature is: house-smoked bacon.
Even saying the word ‘bacon’ brings the sound and scent of sizzling meat to mind. What can we say—bacon brings many ingredients together in beautiful harmony. And when it’s on a pizza, the results are nothing but out of this world.
Our fresh pork belly comes from Sloping Hill Farm (with Happy Island Pigs), a local farm in Qualicum Beach, BC that raises their animals in green pastures.
Nicli Pizzeria wants to ensure quality products are brought in, and as local whenever possible, to enhance the flavour experience for anyone that comes to our pizzeria.
After soaking the cherry- and apple-scented chips in water, we put the wet chips at the bottom of the smoker, to make sure the fresh pork bellies would absorb all the flavouring.
The process is simple but it takes time and patience to bring our customers the delicious smoky flavour of bacon on pizza (or even as a side for brunch).
Several hours roll by and we open the smoker door to reveal this. Even the whiff of smoke curling out from the door’s release brought the scent of tiniest hint of cherry and apple mixed in.
After letting the newly smoked pork belly rest in the cooler, we sliced it up into thin pieces, ready to top your favourite pizza.
Who wouldn’t want to have this on your pizza, or on the side for brunch on Saturday and Sunday, the next time you come to Nicli Antica Pizzeria?
Whether planning a business lunch, family dinner, or a memorable evening out, an experience at Nicli Antica Pizzeria brings to mind the four touchstones of Italian culture—family, authenticity, and delicious food and wine.
To make lunch reservations, please contact 604-669-6985 or book through our OpenTable site here.