Design Crush: Virtuous Pie is Old World Meets Modern Italian
Take a peek inside Chinatown’s new plant-based pizzeria.
Vancouver’s Virtuous Pie has a simple philosophy behind their menu: food should taste great, be good for you and support a healthy planet. With just eight handmade pizza options, a choice few seasonally inspired salads and a selection of vegan ice creams, executive chef Jim Vesal has crafted a mouthwatering array of plant-based items that we suspect will satisfy even the most devout pizza purists.
Despite the green menu, the design goal for the 18-seat restaurant was to create a space that did not immediately suggest a stereotypical green feel. In keeping with this, designer Karin Bohn of House of Bohn created a space inspired by classic old world Italy, combining it with a modern aesthetic that embraces the owner’s healthy ideals.
Pulling design inspiration from architectural details noted on a recent trip to Rome, Bohn incorporated a mix of old world building materials, such as marble, travertine and black wooden studded cladding, while modern details like brass light fixtures and custom designed seating tie everything together for a current look.