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AWESOME pizza at Hanni's Restaurant & Pizza (YYC)

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nonlinear Sep 24, 2011 06:56 PM

Let me preface this by saying that I am a HUGE pizza connoisseur, critic, and snob. I grew up in a city with a long, rich pizza tradition, and have travelled all over the US eating the best of the best. I've also eaten pizza throughout Europe and Italy... I'm very picky about pizza, and can pick out flaws in pies from even the most recommended shops.

Tonight we went to Hanni's Restaurant & Pizza (http://www.hannisonline.com) because we had a Living Social voucher. I had never heard of Hanni's before, and to be quite honest we were just expecting "run of the mill" Greek-style pie like you find at the older neighborhood pubs and restaurants across Calgary. We ordered the S.M.O.G. pizza (talian sausage, mushrooms, onions, green peppers), and MAN were we surprised - this is OUTSTANDING pizza. HANDS DOWN the best Greek pizza I've had in YYC, and equivalent in quality to the best pies from other genres including Il Centro, Rea's, Tom's, Pizza Bob's, Gondola,Pizza d'Vogglio, etc.

This pie has a crunchy fried rim that somehow [i]isn't[/i] greasy, a thick bold and spicy sauce that is applied VERY liberally (perfect - i usually order extra sauce but they have nailed it), a very meaty italian sausage that reminded me of the meat they used to have on the "Hoven" pizza at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. in Canmore, and a very thick layer of top-quality cheese. (This cheese is actually STRINGY, something that you don't see in many pies these days as many shops use cost-cutting processed cheese food.

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has anyone else been to Hanni's? If not, you need to make it ASAP because you're missing out on one of the best pies in YYC.

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    piano boy Sep 24, 2011 09:11 PM

    After having the worst greek style pizza of my life (Mitillinis in Silver Springs) I'm going to have to go to Hanni's and cleanse my palette. Thanks for the review/suggestion.

    1. howlin Sep 24, 2011 09:17 PM

      wow non likes something.jokes. sounds good .on the list

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        Shazam Sep 26, 2011 10:46 AM

        The only way to get stringy cheese is to use a high-fat mozza, which many, many people object to these days (yeah, I know). Almost all pizza shops use low-fat mozza now, sadly.

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          piano boy Sep 26, 2011 07:48 PM

          I always thought low fat mozza stretched better because the fat interrupted the casein matrix? Can't remember where I heard that... argh this is going to annoy me now.

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            Shazam Sep 26, 2011 09:43 PM

            It gets complicated, but in general low-fat mozza tastes weird (off flavours), and also tends to be low-moisture, which makes it less stringy and well, icky. But the "problem" with full-fat mozza is that it can separate when cooked, so there's oil on top, which many people find extremely objectionable.

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          Scary Bill Sep 27, 2011 10:02 AM

          One man's "flaw" is another man's favourite. To me a thick layer of cheese masks the other ingredients and often results in a pool of goop.

          Question: How thick is the crust: thin, average or grossly thick?

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            nonlinear Sep 27, 2011 02:40 PM

            Bill: yea, greek pie isn't my favorite style either; like you i don't like cheese too thick, and i'm also not a big fan of pan fried crust. that said, I do appreciate quality examples of ANY pizza style, and this is a top-notch greek pie. It was great even if I would prefer to do some of the things a bit differently myself.

            as for crust, this is a typical greek pie thickness, maybe 3 mm (that's a total guesstimate) but with raised rims and fried in a pan.

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              Scary Bill Sep 28, 2011 09:00 AM

              Went to their website and I have to admit the pictures look pretty good. Sooooooo, I'll have to give them a try some day.

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            23skidoo Sep 27, 2011 01:05 PM

            Adding link

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            Hanni's Restaurant & Pizza
            4655 37 St SW, Calgary, AB T3E 3C8, CA

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