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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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Marsha Lederman is the Western Arts Correspondent for The Globe and Mail, based in Vancouver. She covers the film and television industry, visual art, literature, music, theatre, dance, cultural policy, and other related areas. More

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