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dollykat Oct 11, 2007 01:01 PM

I'm wondering what the Calgary foodies favourite spots were for classic Italian (no fusion - or inventiveness - I will blame that caveat on my dining partner who is a very traditionalist type)? For a celebratory dinner - Mid-range to high pricing. What's out there?

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    gourmethunter RE: dollykat Oct 11, 2007 01:40 PM

    IMHO the top three more traditional Italian restaurants:

    La Brezza Ristorante 990 - 1 Ave NE 403 262-6230 > always excellent food & service and a smaller more intimate setting

    Da Guido 2001 Centre St N 403 276-1365 > although I haven't been here myself my s/o raves about it

    Gnocchi's Ristorante 1238 8 Street SW Calgary 403 262-2887 > A Calgary landmark.

    Otherwise for less traditional, but still Italian fare, I'd suggest Capo or Il Sogno.

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      Merry113 RE: gourmethunter Oct 12, 2007 07:44 AM

      I second the suggestion for La Brezza. The food is always great. I really like their bruschetta (app) & Crepes a la brezza for dessert (crepes, ice cream & an orangey sauce...yum!).

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        marcopolo RE: gourmethunter Oct 12, 2007 10:12 AM

        i'm curious as to what would elevate Gnocchi's to the 'Calgary landmark' level?

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          geckogirl RE: gourmethunter Oct 12, 2007 10:34 AM

          I too would recommend Da Guido

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            dollykat RE: gourmethunter Oct 12, 2007 11:58 AM

            Thanks for all the suggestions.

            Please tell me what IMHO means? I'm not up on all of the acronyms...

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              maclock RE: dollykat Oct 12, 2007 12:00 PM

              "In my humble opinion", I think.

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                dollykat RE: maclock Oct 12, 2007 12:02 PM

                Makes perfect sense... Thanks.

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            irishgirl RE: dollykat Oct 11, 2007 09:41 PM

            Il Pescatore, which is on 17th Ave SW somewhere around 35 or 36 St is lovely, very much the classic Italian style and mid-high price

            Niko's Bistro on Kensington Road is a little cheaper, but both times I've been there it has been delicious, and again pretty traditional, well-done Italian cuisine. Niko's has a pretty short menu, Il Pesctore's has much more choice with lots of veal and seafood options

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              hsk RE: dollykat Oct 12, 2007 08:10 PM

              My favourite is Buon Giorno on 17th, it's reasonably priced with very good service but maybe more casual than what you're looking for.

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