‘Ottawa’ Drive-Through Pizza Shop in Vanier Revives a Once-Popular Recipe
It may not look like much now, but Ottawa entrepreneur Al Gurhan has big plans for his little drive-through pizza place.
Called “Drive Pie,” which is clever word play on the small pocket pie sandwiches and pizza’s the shop produces, the store is in a former coffee shop on busy Montreal Road in Vanier.
The business specializes in pizzas using a dough recipe invented by Gurhan’s mother and used at The Pizza Stop shop the family once owned in Nepean. That shop closed in the 1980s when pizza competition was so intense even McDonald’s was making them.
Gurhan says the family shop had a loyal customer base from all over the city, and says many fans still rave about the Gurhan family pizza, particularly the crust.