Pictou County Pizza – The Best Pizza In The World?

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Pizza. The breakfast of champions. The belle of the food ball. The bee’s knees. Whatever you wanna call it, pizza is undoubtedly a favourite among millions, and everyone thinks they know the best pizza place in the world. Well, in the case of Pictou County, Nova Scotia we’ve got an entire population swearing by their pizza.

And it’s no ordinary pizza, either. Let’s break it down, shall we?

1. The Crust: Arguably the making or breaking of a pizza comes down to the vehicle that supports the marriage between sauce, pizza, and the toppings of your choice. Traditional Pictou County pizza boasts a thick and chewy crust that scoffs in the face of thin crust “pizzas.”

2. The Cheese: Though there is no answer out in the world about what cheese Pictou County pizza professionals use, there is one common attribute that the cheese has among all the PC pizzas; cheese – lots of it. Every picture, video, and testimonial out there depicts a pie that has been practically paved with cheese like cement on a road.

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3. The Toppings: Though some like mushrooms, others bacon, and some just a good old slice of cheese pizza, Pictou residents will all agree that there is only one topping option and that is pepperoni. In this case, Brothers pepperoni (seriously, these people know what they like, and you can’t mess with that). According to tradition, one must slather a layer under the cheese so consistent that “no cheese comes near the dough.”

4. The Sauce: Brown sauce. Made of a mix of vegetables and herbs, this sauce is not your mama’s marinara. It’s someone’s papas’s sauce. His name is George Kouyas and it’s he (along with brother Jim) that you can thank for the brown sauce that is the stuff of legend across the world (or at least Nova Scotia).

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5. Bonus: The Dip: If you’re not from the area, you might not know what Donair sauce is, but don’t tell anyone that, you might get laughed at. And don’t, by any means, coat your pizza in this sauce. A true PC resident knows to dip, not spread. This sauce is the cherry on top of the pizza pie and its recipe, like the brown sauce, is kept as a well-guarded secret.

Well, if you didn’t know, now you know.

Pictou County pizza, and Pictou County people, do not mess around.

And if you’re dying to know what this pizza tastes like, fear not. UPS ships the pies from Acropole, one of the many well-known pizza establishments in Pictou County.

And if you want to know just how serious Pictou Couty people are about their pizza, just check out this song by Tripp & Giver. It’s pretty cheesy:

17 comments
MaraBrousseau
MaraBrousseau

I am a Pictou County Girl from a way back. I have been unable to get my pizza fix since 81. I live in Vancouver BC since 81. I wish I could get the brown sauce and Brother's peperoni out here. I remember years ago I managed to get a jar of sauce, and some lengths of peperoni and a ball of dough so I could make "A" pizza when I got home. Well I put it in my carry on. I watched as the dough swelled to open my carry on. I was afraid it was going to take over the plane like "The Blob"!!! I had enough dough to make 5 pizzas when I got home!!!!


CourtneyRoss
CourtneyRoss

If you are visiting Pictou County, make sure your first taste of our Pizza is Acropole (Arguably the best). Although there is a shop called 'Pictou County Pizza', it's not the namesake for our famous pizza. Acropole, Sam's, etc have all contributed to make our pizza well known.

JasonFerguson
JasonFerguson

@CourtneyRoss as have Ted's André's, Cross Roads Country Market, and many more. Pictou County Pizza is Many Many more than just one location. LOL

CourtneyRoss
CourtneyRoss

@JasonFerguson I am not disregarding those locations, that's why I wrote 'etc.' I just said Acropole is arguably the best. My point is the location called 'Pictou County Pizza' is not the namesake for the famous pizza, it's a misleading name for a pizza shop. And if you read my entire comment I DID say that MANY locations contribute to the Pictou County Pizza fame. Next time you comment don't be so ignorant, LOL.

AngelaFraser
AngelaFraser

there are more places to get pictou county Pizza than Pictou County Pizza. LikE Sam's in Trenton and Stellarton and Acropole in New Glasgow, Westville and Pictou.

TaraNCromwell
TaraNCromwell

All of those places are in Pictou County

*confused face*

JasonFerguson
JasonFerguson

@TaraNCromwell LOL ... I think the "Pictou County Pizza" she referred to was the shop by that name. Took me a second too. 

pcp1
pcp1

814 Abercrombie Rd, New Glasgow

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pcp1

@DarrenHartling Pictou County Pizza is located at 814 Abercrombie Road, New Glasgow, NS visit our website www.pictoucountypizza.com 


DaveHiggins1
DaveHiggins1

I was born and raised in Pictou County. I remember the old Greek guy who started the recipe, it used to be hotter (spicier) back then, the crust was a bit different, but today's version is still close. I left Pictou County when I finished high school in '86 and every time I return for a visit I MUST have PC pizza. I will state that I classified PC pizza as the best there ever  was.....until I lived in Toronto and experienced real Italian pizza in little Italy. After that PC pizza ranked number 2 on my list. I still love it and it's a piece of home to me.

DaveHiggins1
DaveHiggins1

I forgot to mention the old Greek guy's name was Sam...thus "Sam's Pizza." I should also comment that the term "Pictou County Pizza" was used by people who left Pictou County for college, work, moved..etc.....and couldn't explain the flavor to people who never experienced it and just referred to it as "Pictou County Pizza"....which would include Acropole, Sam's, Alices, etc.....It just referred to that specific "Flavor"

pcp1
pcp1

@DaveHiggins1 Actually, their was never anyone named Sam, Our family's original sign arrived as Sam's, was suppose to be Sandy's, Just a mis-communication with the sign producer, but they kept it.  I believe you're referring to our Father, Demetre (Jim)  Kouyas, who along with his wife (Pota) and little brother George began selling our family's recipe in 1966 in Stellaton, We continue to produce the same famous recipe at Pictou County Pizza, 814 Abercrombie Rd., New Glasgow which was first created by our family, We our actually Pictou County Pizza, Pictou County Pizza is our incorporated business name, All our bills arrive addressed to Pictou County Pizza, Our yellow page listing is Pictou County Pizza, Our CRA remittances are paid as Pictou County Pizza, Our website domains are: www.pictoucountypizza.com , www.pictoucountypizza.ca and pcpizza.ca . It is a mis-conception that our sauce is hot (spicey), it's actually the Brothers Pepperoni we use that is hot. To learn more about our famous pizza, please visit our website listed above. Thanks

DonMacGregor
DonMacGregor

No Sam,it was Jim and George at SAMs in stellarton,I grew up in sam's in stellarton in the 70's and slung pizza on Thursday,Friday,and sat nite .best dam pie anywhere .andres Acropolis Alice's and Abercrombie pizza now pc pizza and teds all run by various family members related to Jim and George for years but not so much anymore!

RobynMacEachern
RobynMacEachern

I live in Pictou County. Yes it's the best pizza! The sauce is what makes it so different, and the pepperoni that's made in Nova Scotia. Nowhere else I have ever been has pizza like Pictou County, and it's what we look forward to coming home to when away from home :)

pcp1
pcp1

Thank you for your article, great that you gave credit to our mother (Pota), for the story of Pictou County Pizza please visit our website www.pictoucountypizza.com  . Thanks again, Doug Bonvie / President, Pictou County Pizza Inc.