Riding the success of the original location on Denman Street (as well as sibling restaurant Tavola), Nook’s second home, in Kitsilano, has quickly become one of the neighbourhoods busiest spots. Easy to see why, with a formula aimed at keeping the uber-casual, beach-going clientele happy and well fed. There’s a dining room and a separate takeout space, allowing guests to wait for a table (no reservations) or just grab a pizza and salad to go. Mains are carb-based, but sides of meatballs in rich tomato sauce and daily salami keep the protein quotient up. Pizzas are great—nicely charred and authentically sparse of topping—while pastas like tonnarelli cacao pepe are simple yet effective.