When there’s a new pizza joint in town, you have to be one of the first to try it, right?
Luckily for you, we’re choosing FIVE winners to sample Victoria’s latest and greatest restaurant – contest details are below!
A bit of a hidden gem, FARO Handcrafted Pizza and Tasting Room is the newest addition to the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Just steps away from the oceanfront, its name plays on this fact; translated from Italian, FARO literally means “beacon” or “lighthouse”, perfectly suited to an institution that has been such a staple of Victoria for so many years.
And a light to guide it most definitely is, as the new eatery has been transformed into a stunning sea of bright, airy seating, with a focus on dark charcoal and green accents which highlight the coastal beauty of the surrounding area.
What is soon to be a 54-seat, full service restaurant with a 60-seat patio, FARO was formerly known as the location for Kate’s Café, now expanded to be bigger and better than ever before.
“We know that Kate’s Café held a special place in the hearts of many locals and guests alike, who have been patiently waiting since November to see what this transformation will look like,” says Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s General Manager Madone Pelan.
FARO eventually plans to open for morning café service, lunch and dinner, though they are currently only offering takeout and delivery from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday.
With its Wood Stone pizza oven the star of the show, FARO will soon be expanding their menu to include not only just handcrafted pizzas, but a variety of fresh salads and small bites, cocktails and local wines.
That being said, their current takeout menu is certainly nothing short of the stuff of dreams; really, the hardest part is choosing which handcrafted masterpiece to sample!
With everything from the classic margherita pizza to unique creations like nduja & broccolini featuring local artisans like Natural Pastures Cheese Company and The Whole Beast Artisan Salumeria, there’s such an array of choices you’ll be tempted to come back for more.
They also currently offer an extensive wine list, and some unexpectedly sweet surprises – the baked lemon tarts are one of our favourites, trust us on this one!
Renovations are still in the works at FARO, and though they don’t have a concrete opening date for dine-in service, their delicious handcrafted delights are available for takeout, delivery and through UberEats.
The Oak Bay Beach Hotel has also reopened for overnight stays as of June 1st, along with their award-winning spa and mineral pools!
Pizza and pampering, anyone?
CONTEST CLOSED** Congratulations to Kris Brawley Fullbrook, Dorothy Cushway, Erin Lavan, Paul Bowman and Meghan Heal!
For a chance to WIN a free pizza from FARO (we’re giving away 5!), complete one or more of the following:
- FOLLOW FARO on Instagram and leave a comment below telling us once you have. (1 entry)
- FOLLOW Oak Bay Beach Hotel on Instagram and leave a comment below telling us once you have. (1 entry)
- SHARE this post on Facebook and/or Twitter and leave a comment below telling us once you have. (1 entry)
Contest entries will be accepted from the time and date of publishing until 11:59 pm on June 15th, 2020. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through the platform they used to enter.
- When: Currently open for takeout 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday
- Where: Oak Bay Beach Hotel, 1175 Beach Drive
- How to order: You can place an order by calling 250-480-9249, or visiting the ordering window on the restaurant patio. Check out their menu here!