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Feb 7, 2010 04:27 PM

GOOD Pizza in NW Calgary?

Since I moved from the South West , I just can't find good, local pizza.

I loved Sophies on 33rd (formerly Spiros on 17th SW)

The closest I can find to me now is:
1. Stavros (4th st and 41st Ave)
2. Capri Pizza and Steak House (16th Ave and Edmonton Trail)

Both of which are a long drive. - but worth it.

Anything closer to Country Hills and 14th vicinity?

I've tried (and hated)
- Panago
- Pizza Hut
- Tom's house of pizza
- Mothers pizza
- Western Pizza (not awful - the best of this bunch)
- Amici (gack!)
- Pizza 73 (fake cheese and all)

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  1. We like Louie's Pizza - We get the Louie's Special on thin crust. Very yummy!

    1. sounds like you're looking for calgarian greek bar pizza. i think your best options relatively nearby are Stavro's and Marissa's (formerly Vlassi's - 5006 Centre Street Ne). i'm not a huge fan of either, since i'm not a fan of greek pie, and also because both of these use inferior ingredients IMO. but i think you'll be hard pressed to find a better greek pie in the NW.

      that said, i think there are few other options teh NW. i highly recommend Matador (4625 Varsity Drive), which i consider a cross between american-style and greek bar pie. what makes this pizza stand out is the quality of ingredients... A+. they have a lounge and a dining room, so it's a nice place to sit down and enjoy your food. do a search on chowhound or for more specific details on the pie. there is also a gondola pizza at 1330 Northmount Dr. N.W. - an excellent midwestern-style thin crust, but perhaps not what you are looking for... however, they do NOT have a dining room, so you need to either find a nice park (nosehill?) to eat at, or endure a long drive home (which will swiftly degrade the quality of your pie). you might also try Rea's (formerly Sandro's), but this is a more neopolitan pie, complete with craphole service, etc... otherwise, i think you're pretty much stuck with the chains and crappy 2-for-1 shops in the NW.

      EDIT: i've also heard many good things about Al's Pizza (735 Ranchlands Blvd. NW -, but i've never been there. i understand that this is typical calgarian greek bar pie, and is pretty good. on the other hand, i read a recent comment on saying that the only reason it's known is because it's near a high school... (take that for what you want). but it's probablly worth trying. if you do, please let us know :)

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      1. re: nonlinear

        I have eaten Al's Pizza about a half-dozen times; it's not amazing but it's certainly better than most of the big chains.

        1. re: nonlinear

          We ordered Rea's (pickup) last night, and that is some worthy pizza! To give you an idea of the style, soft medium-thin crust with some char (no cornmeal or grease on the bottom). The cheese was nicely browned.

          We had the Dom Special (capicollo, shrip, mushroom) and Pizza Alla Paesana minus sausage (tomato, garlic, oregano, olive). 3 slices of the medium will fill you up, and 4 will leave you feeling stuffed.

          Someone at Urbanspoon was nice enough to scan the pizza menu (most of it, anyway):
          I wanted to take a paper menu home, but they'd run out. Next time...

          Rea's Italian Cucina
          431 41 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E, CA

          1. re: nonlinear

            I like Varsity Pizza. The crust is crisp and a bit oily. They top it with a lot of cheese.


          2. Nicks across from McMahon stadium might be the best of the NW pizza joints.

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            1. re: tex_in_yyc

              I've been having nothing but problems with Nicks NW delivery. I really like the pizza but my last 4 orders have all been wrong! On one occasion my vegetarian guest was forced to pick salami off the 'mushroom and tomato' pizza. Then last weekend was the final straw when delivery was again not at all what I ordered, I sent it back and asked them to re-make and delivery what I ordered. They were cool about it and said ok but when the second order came, it too was wrong, not at all what was written on the order form! I was so frustrated and hungry so I just kept it and picked off the toppings I hate, because it had now been over two hours from ordering time. I was offered a credit for my troubles, but after being on hold for about 10 mins so they could supposedly take my information for a credit (huh? don't they already have that info?), I just hung up. I was too hungry to care! I've always made them aware of their mistakes and my dissapointment but nothing changes. I think I will be going elsewhere.

              Can anyone suggest a similar pizza that is delivered in the NW, closer to 14th Street? I've tried Capri, I would say it's not the same kind of pie as Nick's. I don't believe Madador delivers. And I have no interest in Pizza 73, Pizza Hut, Little Ceasars... Any tips would be appreciated.

              1. re: TSAW

                Pangea has been improving over the last few months with some changes in crust and sauce. Went from average to very good in my books. On Northmount across from St. Francis.

                Pretty sure they do delivery. 403-289-7775

                1. re: piano boy

                  I've occasionally had a few problems with Nick's as well...and I haven't ordered from them for quite awhile now as a result. To dine in is another matter...never a problem,
                  I tried Bob's pizza this past weekend. One of the pizzas was perfect...the other one - the bottom of the crust was so burnt it was horrific.
                  My safe and secure "go to" recently has been Rio.

                2. re: TSAW

                  Try Varsity. My go-to these days is Mitillini's, which I find is very close to Nick's style except way less greasy. I freakin' love Varsity though.

              2. I'd second Nicks. Very good.

                1. nicks does have a pretty strong reputation, but i've always found the pizza to be quite "meh." don't really see what the fuss is about. it's not necessarily "bad," but for me it just doesn't stand out. Nick's son Tim, on the other hand, does a fine job with his pies. they are thin crust, whole wheat i think, and he premakes them and then freezes them. but they turn out exceptionally well fortfrozen pizza. in the summer you can find him giving out samples (cooked on a bbq) at the local farmers markets.

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                  1. re: nonlinear

                    Agreed, Nicks is 'meh'. Not super duper, not bad either. Just ok. As left overs it's pretty decent. Not a gloppy wet mess that some leftover pizza become.

                    1. re: TSAW

                      Thanks to all for the great responses! Will report back after Pizza night.

                    2. re: nonlinear

                      What do you order from Nick's? A gombarda or the one with REAL KALAMATA OLIVES, feta and artichoke hearts is one of the best pizzas I've ever tasted.

                      1. re: John Manzo

                        give the "Euphoria" a try. No red sauce...just garlic butter, roasted red peppers, onions, tomatoes and feta. I added artichokes once...really tasty and not as heavy as many others. also I really like the onion chips...but you get a better size order when you order in rather than delivery.