To Die For Face: Bill McCaig of Nicli Pizzeria

Bill McCaig, pizza aficionado and owner of Gastown’s popular Nicli Antica Pizzeria, shares his favorite foods, including where to find seriously to die for tacos in Vancouver.

Bill McCaig's To Die For Face

The food you most often describe as, ‘to die for’?

BM – Tacos from La Taqueria. A favorite is the De Cachete (braised beef cheeks). The fat in there and the umami…it’s like ‘wow’. I also love chocolate. I just bought a 3kg bag of Valrhona.

Your favorite Vancouver restaurant?

BM – I love Lupo and La Quercia. Lupo has a porcini mushroom ravioli with brown butter sauce. It’s to die for.

Your trashy indulgence? (eg. that late night 7/11 or drive-thru treat)

BM – Ice cream sandwiches. Klondikes are awesome (the one with the cookie).

The  food you refuse to eat?

BM – Green peppers. Can’t stand ‘em. They’re under-ripe. Finish the job!

The sexiest food?

BM – Strawberries served with home whipped cream with a little bit of maple syrup and some alchohol…whatever’s handy.

Your favorite dessert?

BM – Tiramisu. Best in town is right here at Nicli. It’s boozy and creamy, but has that richer mouth feel than just cream.

Your favorite comfort food?

BM – Tomatoey pasta. It’s the pasta in the soup that I like.

You can follow Bill via Nicli on Twitter and Facebook.

This interview was conducted for Vancouver View Magazine by contributing reporter Erin Ireland. Read the full article in the print edition.