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Jul 26, 2008 01:11 PM

Best Pizza in Edmonton?

A separate thread is required just to discuss your favourite pizza place(s) in Edmonton. I really only have three favourites because I haven't tried a lot of different ones, but mine are (in order of preference):

1. Victoria pizza - excellent flavor and very cheesy!
2. Funky pickle - just as the name implies... very funky and good.
3. Boston pizza - love the sauce

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  1. Easy enough request.

    Pizza Boys (Ragazzi), and
    Royal Pizza - if I'm with my GF's family because they love thick crust.

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    1. re: raidar

      Thank you Chowhounds for the Famoso suggestion. We ate there on the weekend and loved it. Prosecco in little bottles! The sauce was incredible. We had the margarita and the Vesuvio. Bueno!!!

    2. I am Chowhound's new heel, so read carefully.

      Victoria is now known as Vic's pizza after a change in ownership. I don't know if the recipe is the same, but it was well known before.

      Your next two choices will make a turd, but that's it. The crust at funky pickle is too doughy, and they are more concerned about being edgy and cool than making the best pizza. If you're drunk late at night on whyte I guess it's your only choice.

      My top 3 are the following:
      1. Tony's Pizza Palace
      2. Ragazzi (Pizza Boys)
      3. Rose Bowl

      I like 1&2 because of the crust and sauce. This is how I imagine the platonic ideal of pizza. The toppings are classic, I love the family atmosphere, and there isn't too much cheese so you get to taste everything working together.

      3 is my favourite for deep dish mainly out of nostalgia, but their spicy sauce is pretty yummy. I get bacon and fresh tomato - you can call that the "it will make a turd" special.

      1. I love Tony's - it is without an equal in the city. I can not stand funky pickle, the crust overwhelms everything else. I do like Rose Bowl - especially the all dressed. But my latest find is Dallas Pizza on 106 ave. It is very old style -- very few unusual topping except for the donair pizza with tzatzike which rocks.

        I am still searching for a good thin crust, wood fired pizza. Does anyone else remember stone age pizza that existed briefly just off Whyte? I loved their whole wheat, thin crust from the wood fired oven.

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        1. re: pengcast

          pengcast: if you ever find that pizza please let me know! I am not a fan of Famoso, I find it too thin, soggy.

          1. re: pengcast

            At the risk of unleashing a storm I must confess that I am mystified at the popularity of Tony's. Last time I was there ( with friends) I tried the "classic" pizza and I found the crust hard , dry and rather "short". The sauce and cheese were unremarkable. It did not remind me in the least of pizza Ive had in NY ( Most memorably John's of Bleeker Street) or Vancouver for that matter.

            1. re: pengcast

              I would agree about Dallas Pizza. I live near there, and have been numerous times. It's very similar to Royal Pizza, which I also love. Those would be my 2 favorites of that style; more hearty.

              As for the thin crust, I havent had much luck with that here. I've been to Tony's, and was very dissapointed. So much hype, yet the pizza tasted old, and the service was the worst I can remember having anywhere! They're not getting a second chance after that.

              Ragazzi on whyte is pretty good though, although I always find with thin crust that I could eat a $20 pizza by myself. Once I push past the cheap scottsman in me, it's pretty tasty!

              However, I cant imagine anything comparing to NYC pizzas. The worst pizza I had there was better than the best i've had here. We're going there in the spring again, and John's is on our list, and we plan on getting to Grimaldi's and Lombardi's as well this time. Cant wait.

            2. 1. famoso
              2. tony's
              3. pharos
              4. royal
              5. avenue

              1. 1. famoso
                2. tony's
                3. pharos
                4. royal
                5. avenue

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                1. re: ihatepickyeaters

                  I was just at Famoso and had the #2 pizza. I can't remember the name of it but it had fresh cheese, artichokes, olives, mushrooms, and ham. It was incredibly soggy. It was probably due to all the vegetables and I would like to try going there again. I almost ordered the #4 - caprese, I think, with a lot of meat and quite spicy. (By the way, I had a wonderful merlot there and the glass was only $4.50. Where can you find a deal like that?) What pizza would you recommend?

                  1. re: Cheers

                    I had the Siciliana (#4). If you can stand anchovies, order a classic Margherita and add some of those salties.
                    Too bad about the sogginess on yours.
                    I love the whole concept of that place. Would have liked to order the Tiramisu, but the display looked a bit tired.

                    1. re: Cheers

                      I've ordered quite a few from Famoso; Margherita, Cappricciosa (the one you mentioned), Siciliana, Conforto, all of their Pizza Biancas (except Pollo), and even a piece of Sweet BBQ Chicken(my GF's parents do not like classic pizza toppings)
                      I keep coming back to the Conforto and Primavera, although I keep wondering if I should try one from the non-classic side. Of all the times I've gone, I think maybe 2 times the pizza felt a little soggy, but otherwise they were crispy and hit the spot.
                      I have to agree with WWS, the concept is great. It's a shame that things aren't a little more consistent. Is this maybe because with a stripped down pizza it is a easier to notice than say a below average pizza at some other establishment?
                      One other thing, I've really enjoyed the gorgonzola walnut salad, and by recommendation the banana split gelato desert (small scoop of banana, strawberry, chocolate) MMMMM!

                      1. re: raidar

                        Thanks for the input, WWS and raidar. I will go back and give the place another shot! We did find the restaurant very warm and inviting.

                    2. re: ihatepickyeaters

                      I work at famoso as a cook, and i must say that the pizza is the best ive ever tried, if you think your pizza is to soggy ask for it well done, but the more veggies on the pizza the soggier it is but we do try to limit the moisture that goes on the pizza, sometimes it is unavoidable because of new hires who don't know how to prep right but when I'm working I have never had a complaint, so come in wednesday-sunday nights and I'll be the guy making your food.