Looking for a specific pizza in calgary
My family is looking for a specific pizza. Not necessarily the "best" pizza as it is personal choice and people like different things. To give you some background, my family likes Pizza Hut Pan Pizza. But I dont want to eat at Pizza Hut. So here goes. Here is what I am looking for:
- Spicy, garlicy, tangy thick sauce that has tons of flavor
- lots of toppings!
- Not too soft, not hard crust
- Crust should be not thin, but not like chicago deep dish.
We used to eat at Venus pizza years ago, and Pagliaci's for a deep and heavy pie. A pie's weight should not high because of crust weight, but rather its ingredients.
Also, how is Van's Pizza? Also, has any one had the pizza at Shileagh Pubs in Signal Hill?
I haven't been to Van's for a couple of years, but I recall it as a decent neighbourhood Greek-style pizzeria. Medium-thick but very nice crust, heavy on the toppings, that thick crispy layer of cheese on top. Can't remember the sauce. I seem to remember that the service wasn't as good as you often get in those small joints, but I think that may have been because it was a quiet night and the server was splitting her attention between the dining room and lounge.
I can't say I'd insist everybody go to Van's, but I recall it as worth checking out a shot, particularly if it's close.
Boy, Venus pizza certainly takes me back! Anyway, being a big fan of the long lamented Venus Pizza I would highly recommend Volos Pizza in Knob Hill. Please note that they are closed for August for holidays.
Sounding like a broken record warning!
Shilelagh's is a smoke-choked hellhole that my partner and I had the unfortunate mistake of trying when we went to see a movie at westhills. And the food was horrible (cannot comment on the pizza).
I had Van's at the insistence of an employee of another pizza joint- ordered in- I can only say that it was not very expensive, but for that style, I much prefer Sophies or Nick's (and am I the only one on here who likes Nick's? The way that crust tastes like it was finished on a buttery grill, and the fantastic kalamata oliives they use- I love that place, and delivery is FAST, maybe because I am close to the 14 St location). Sophie's has a fantastic sauce, thick (as if it's made w/ tomato paste- this is how I make my own pizza sauce) and its flavour is seasoned in a way that is hard to pin down, but it definitely includes cinnamon, which is much better than it sounds- Greek, ya know.
Hart50, I promise to try Volo's!
I used to be a big fan of Van's though recently have been converted by the more steakhouse style pizza's around town which sounds like what you are looking for. I am also a fan of Nicks pizza and would reccomend Eddies Nest as an alternative (though they too are closed for August holidays). Its a take out/delivery only spot on 12 ave SW. They use homemade sauce, good quality toppings and loads of real cheese.
The pizza @ Shilelagh's used to be outstanding from 2000-2003. Then it changed ownership/management, the food got worse, the smoke got thicker and I stopped going.
Luckily all the original great food is now at Tipperary's (16th Ave and 19th ST NW).
It's even better than before because they have a smoking 18+ lounge, AND a smoke-free all ages restaurant. Love the Pizza and the dinner specials. and the $2 breakfast on weekends.
Mr. Manzo, have you ever been? Great place for Irish pub fare without smoke.
For pizza as you described. I would agree with Spiros, Sophies, Volos, and Nick's. I would also recommend Vern's Pizza which I see is now open on 17th Ave just west of 37th ST by the Tim Hortons. They are very topping friendly, though not the most gourmet place I've ever been!