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The best pizza in town, and it's just down the street

Ragazzi Pizza's street cart in Vancouver September 24, 2010. West side of 400 Burrard Street @ Pender

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Since moving to Vancouver, I have been on a quest for excellent pizza. I never would have thought I'd find it, finally, at a food cart.

Ragazzi Pizza Co. - technically a truck, not a cart - offers four varieties of slices (whole pizzas, too). Baked in the truck, they're topped with heaps of fresh spinach, not-too-garlicky pesto, salami salted just right. The crust was thin and baked to perfection.

My travels through the food carts of Vancouver, alas, were not all so joyful. I took on the assignment with gusto: Always on the run, often starving, and not organized enough to pack a sandwich, I am keen to expand my quick and easy lunchtime options.

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A basic criterion, however, is that the food be edible.

I'm a girl who likes to finish what's on her plate (or in her Styrofoam container). But over the course of this assignment, I wound up tossing part or most of my meals from three of the five spots I hit.

Licious was the other exception. The sandwiches are interesting; ingredients include yam, shrimp and goat cheese. Smoothies offer on-the-run sustenance, but at $5.70, they're kind of pricey.

As for the pizza, two slices hit the spot for me. My tall male companion thought he'd need three; still a better deal than the gourmet pizzeria nearby, where I recently paid $11 for two comparable (but really greasy) pieces.

Devouring my slices by the truck in the rain, I was elated. My odyssey was over. I have found what may just be the best pizza in Vancouver. And it was just down the street.

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