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Jan 28, 2010 02:08 PM

Una Pizza (Calgary)

I had lunch there today- ordered 3 "pintxos" or something like that, tapas, for $5. These were little skewers of anchovy, bocconcini and roasted red pepper with a dollop of pesto (or some similar sort of basil salsa). They were AMAZING, and I mean "one of the best things I've ever tasted" amazing.

I had a pizza with potato- have always loved potato pizza since discovering it at Amato in Toronto. This version has a little schmier of honey under the cheese (no red sauce) for a gorgous sweet-savoury-salty combo all on top of what is quite simply the best pizza crust I have ever eaten. And i mean EVER. It was orgasmic.

I had water- they do house-filtered water just like Rush does- and an espresso after- and Lord thank you, this is finally a restaurant that gets the importance of coffee: they actually pull Intelligentsia Black Cat!

Pizza was $14. I'd have paid twice that, it was that good.

I might have a new favourite restaurant in Calgary.

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  1. wow, gonna have to check this place out real soon! thanks for the heads up, john... i looked at the menu and while I can't say it looks too surprising, your review of the crust is provocative enough to get me in there and see if it really is all that you say it is :) have to say i'm just a *bit* put off by the somewhat pretentious menu though... i mean seriously, "san marzano tomato sauce?" ohhh...... gourmet.... (sarcasm). gimme a break already!

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    1. re: nonlinear

      It's a nice place, but not what I'd consider pretentious. San Marzano is to my reading like "Nutella," Just a brand, a good one,

      1. re: John Manzo

        you are right, john, but what i was getting at is that many, many pizza makers use this variety. it's hardly a selling point. but anyways, i digress, and can't wait to try this pie :)

        1. re: nonlinear

          Many companies can or jar San Marzano a variety of plum tomatoes and yes they are the best in the world.

          1. re: smyth39

            I'm so stupid, I though san marzano was a brand! regardless, it's not something I don't like to see on a pizza menu :)

            1. re: John Manzo

              The San marzano tomatoes are generally sweet and are 95% of the sauce for pizza or pasta

              1. re: smyth39

                In general or at Una? I love San Marzanos... too many places hide cheap tomatoes by adding sugar.

                1. re: maplesugar

                  In general, tomatoes are graded like many other things beef ,coffee vegetables, flour etc, all are bought and sold and eaten but the big but is not all are enjoyable. And yes some people can tell the difference and yes it should be reflected in the price.If you go to buy San Marzano tomatoes the varities are endless and the prices vary.

              2. re: John Manzo

                but i see what you mean, john - "san marzano" is a variety and therefore sort of a brand. that said, it's a very, very common canned tomato... and most good pies will use these, or 6-in-1, for their sauce :)

                you didn't happen to get any pictures of this pie, did ya?

                1. re: nonlinear

                  I did with my camera phone but it's ugly- my phone has real problems with colour. Here it is:

                  It looks like an apple tartlet here- really not a good pic.

                  1. re: nonlinear

                    San Marzano is also a DOP, Denominazione di Origine Protetta, the Italian equivalent of protected designation of origin, like the French Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) commonly used for wines and cheese ( e.g. Cotes du Rhone, Champagne, Roquefort).

                    PS No, my name is not Sheldon

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          1. John, you had me at "little skewers of anchovy, bocconcini, and roasted red pepper with a dollop of pesto"... now I'll definitely be trying this place out. Thanks.

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            1. re: foodkarma

              that was the tapas (pintxos) du jour, karma- I get the impression that it changes daily.

              1. re: John Manzo

                awwww man.... oh well I'll still give it a try to see what other flavour concoctions they have going.

              2. re: foodkarma

                mmm me too, I just got over the bocconcini, roma tomato and basil salad from linas.. replacement?

                1. re: crigg

                  no, this is a tiny little tapas, not a salad!

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                1. Thanks for posting this! It sounds great - and I am so excited to see that gluten-free pizza crust is an option. Not many places offer it.