Panago’s Veggie Korma pizza is made with coconut curry sauce

Nelson’s Best Pizza Contest: No shortcuts at Nelson’s Panago

Ordering a Panago pizza in Nelson isn’t just a convenient meal option, it’s also a healthy one.

Ordering a Panago pizza in Nelson isn’t just a convenient meal option, it’s also a healthy one.

The Canada-wide franchise, started in Abbotsford, BC, takes pride is offering fresh, nutritional pizza, and the Nelson location is no different. Owned by Hossein Tabai and his wife, Colleen, Nelson Panago offers more than 40 pizza options, with five kinds of crust, more than 10 different sauces and over 30 toppings to choose from.

“With the volume of pizza we make, we have the buying power to ensure we’re getting the highest quality meats and produce available,” Tabai said. “We have fresh deliveries coming in twice per week; nothing sits in the fridge.”

The pizza crust is made daily in house, aged for three days and cooked to perfection. There’s no added MSG, artificial flavour or food colouring.

“There’s no shortcuts,” Tabai said. “The reason we get our pizza out so fast is because of our conveyor oven.”

The oven is specially designed to cook all parts of the pizza consistently in six minutes. This allows Panago to have pizzas ready for pickup in 15 minutes or delivered to homes in the Nelson area — from Taghum to Six Mile — in 35 minutes or less.

“People will order a pizza when they’re leaving work and sometimes we beat them to their house,” Tabai said. “They’re always surprised how fast we get there.”

Among the most popular pizzas offered at Panago is the Veggie Korma, with coconut curry sauce, roasted garlic, spinach, peppers, pineapple, hot banana peppers, mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Another frequently ordered pie is the New York Deli, with Italian tomato sauce, pepperoni, Genoa salami, bacon, Canadian ham, spicy Italian sausage, mozzarella and cheddar cheese.

Panago’s Fajita-Lite, Garden Veggie and Veggie-Lite have been approved by the Heart and Stroke Foundation as Health Check items that meet the nutrient criteria recommended in the Foundation’s Guide. To make them healthier, these pizzas are made on multigrain or multigrain thin crust, are heavy on the veggies and easy on the cheese.  In addition, seven Panago pizzas satisfy BC’s nutritional guidelines and have been approved for BC’s School Hot Lunch Program.  Panago Nelson is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and closes at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Panago is one of six local restaurants competing for the most online votes in the Nelson’s Best Pizza contest, which continues until September 6. Other participants include Itza Ristorante & Pizzeria, Hume Hotel, Leo’s Pizza & Greek Taverna, Thor’s Pizzeria and Louie’s Steakhouse.

To vote for Panago, go to nelsonstar.com and click on the contests banner at the top of the page. Then select “Nelson’s Best Pizza” from the list of contests.

You must be registered to vote and only one vote is accepted per day.

The winner will be featured on the front page of {vurb}.

 

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