Calgary - Vogglio's D'Pizza
Hi folks. Long time lurker. I stumbled upon a huge thread in a Calgary car forum about a pizza joint that everyone has been raving about. Didn't see it here so thought I'd share it. I haven't even tried this pizza, i've been out town for a bit, but the reviews are so glowing I thought I'd put it up here anyways.
Here is the thread: http://forums.beyond.ca/showthread.ph...
I am a pretty active participant over there on beyond, and a occasional poster (full time lurker) here.
After seeing that thread I decided to try Vogglio's one afternoon.
I purchased two medium pizzas, one was "buffalo"
(jalapeños, ham, salami, mushrooms, ground beef, green pepper)
and the other was an off the menu pizza of my own creation (feta, chorizo, olives, fresh tomato slices - after the pizza came out of the oven, obviously).
I paid roughly $25 dollars for the two mediums, and while the price is slightly higher than chain pizza, the difference in taste was immediately obvious.
Luis, the owner, is a very hard working and genuine person; He took the time to tell me the story of how he moved to Canada, and with the insistence of his friends and family, opened Voggilo's to zero fanfare a few months ago.
Now I'm not about to go on an extended diatribe about how his pizza changed my life or anything.. simply put, it was just very very good pizza..
The ingredients were superbly fresh, great spulumbo's chorizo (I believe), even the tomatoes were perfectly red and juicy. The cheese was of a very high quality , and I listened to Luis speak about how he tries to differentiate himself from his competitors by offering a product with higher quality ingredients, he was extremely passionate about this fact.
The pizza came perfectly cooked, and unlike some chain stores, the crust and dough was golden and crispy (not soggy) after my 6 block walk home.
Only complaint? It took a long time to make, probably getting closer to 1h 45m total (I phoned my order in, Luis gave me a 1hr ETA, I showed up and ended up having to wait another 35-40 minutes)..
Otherwise great, I will be ordering again, just hope he can get some help in the kitchen to keep up with the influx of business.
Curious to hear a proper "foodie" take on some of the more adventurous menu choices.
I saw the posts on Beyond too, and finally tried it. I sure hope he stays in business - kids can always be counted on to sniff out a good deal. Great pizza, unbelievably cheap. I didn't have a menu so I just ordered a couple of 10" pizzas with made-up toppings - chicken/mushroom and pepperoni and they were really good, and $17 for both! I figure $8 each before GST. Unless the rent is dirt cheap I really don't know how he does it. BTW I had trouble finding it becuz the phone listing is Vogghio's, but it's on 14th St between 16th and 15th Ave on the east side next to Shwarma King. No tables for dine-in, just a few seats for waiting when you get takeout.
very impressed. The husband has declared it the best pizza in Calgary so far... i can't remember the name, but it had steak, red peppers, bacon and onion. The toppings were very generous: real, sizeable, crisp pieces of bacon vs. the crumbled, salty, greasy bits that often appear. The crust was my favorite part, thin, chewy, crisp edges. perfect balance of toppings to crust, flavor to texture. There are a lot of different options on the menu... bacon and prunes.... for the adventurous.
DITTO DITTO DITTO. COMPLETELY SUPERB. I got a medium 'Mexicana" today- and was blown away- imagine the best order of nachos you've ever tasted on a perfect pizza crust- maybe that description doesn't sound as appetizing as I want it to, but - oh, hell, just order this man's pizza.
Vogglio's is on 14 St north of Phil's, at about 15th Ave SW- it's in the same strip as Shawarma King and Adult Depot- and it looks like ass but the pizza, oh the pizza- being next to a porn shop invites unsavoury comparisons...
228-1228. IT LIVES UP TO THE HYPE. Extraordinary.