Having grown up in Ottawa, I have to say that Gabriel Pizza is the place that has really given me my “template” for what great pizza is. A big, no huge, pizza with bubbly crust, a ton of cheese and toppings to boot – oh yeah – that’s exactly what I was in the mood for when we arrived in Ottawa.
Gabriel Pizza grew from a single location in the suburb of Orleans to a successful multi-store local chain that is always busy it seems. We frequented the one near Gloucester Centre, which features a dinning area as well as a packed take-out counter. That night, it seemed like the guy expediting the orders really needed a coffee break – he was trying to get orders out but clearly his drivers knew where the delivery locations were better than he! No worries, we were doing take-out, and spent our 15 minutes wait time at the Beer Store getting some drinks to go with dinner!
We got an extra large – there were just three of us – awesome.
One thing that I really miss about Ottawa pizza is the fact that they offered green olives, usually as the default. Brinier than the black ones, they add a salty punch to the toppings. This particular pizza also featured bacon, peppers, onions and mushrooms. Looks soooo good even now! Tons of cheese – it’s that classic strings of cheese that stretch from the box to your plate kind of thing!
This is a seriously big pizza! It isn’t a deep dish, but it’s as close as you can get while still being baked in an oven in a shallow plate (not a pan). There’s a slight salt-water quality to their dough too; it’s nice and chewy, which I personally love – especially with beer and video games :)
We almost ate the whole thing. I was stuffed after 3 giant slices, but it was so good! I look forward to our next trip out to Ottawa just to get to have another one of these!