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Restaurant type

  • Pizzeria,

Cuisine type

  • Italian,

Dishes

  • Pizza,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Delivery,
  • Take-out,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
1214C 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T1
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

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Meet the owner

Contrary to popular belief, “wop” — a pejorative term referring to Italian immigrants — is not short for “Without Papers.” So says Jesse Johnson, owner of Without Papers, a pizza restaurant in Calgary’s Inglewood district. Rather, he says, the term is derived from “guappo,” a Neapolitan word that refers to brash kids hanging out on the streets causing trouble. This etymological exploration is relevant to Without Papers, because customers often abbreviate the restaurant’s name to “Wop.” However, Jesse wants to make clear, he and co-owner Angelo Contrada never use this abbreviation.

While he admits the play on words is not lost on him, he says the restaurant’s name does not actually refer to illegal immigrants. It’s a reference to the fact that Without Papers is not part of the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana (True Neapolitan Pizza Association); it is therefor “without papers.”

The restaurant opened its doors in February 2011, the second food venture for Johnson and Contrada, who also co-own Inglewood Italian fine-dining spot Sugo. “We wanted to expand and do something more casual in nature,” says Jesse. “Being a bunch of wops, we were either going to lay bricks or make pizzas,” he says laughing.

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Ratings & Reviews - Without Papers

How would you rate this business?
November 23, 2020

Service was amazing and food was excellent. Thank you for accommodating our birthday celebration.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 19, 2020

Always amazing

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 14, 2020

Pizza was great. We arrived 1/2 early for our reservation and they did their best to accommodate us. Service was great as well.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 15, 2020

I was taking my 3 preteens out for a special night. They loved the pizza, and it was a funky atmosphere that was unique! The servers treated us like gold and were super accommodating. It was bumping in the restaurant but service was quick and kind. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 10, 2020

A great overall experience, Was my first time at Without Papers and enjoyed everything.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 9, 2020

Our server on Saturday night was INCREDIBLE. She made the experience for us. She noticed I am very pregnant and made me a special non-alcohol drink which was amazing. She was great at advising on which items on the menu might match best what we were craving and was spot on. I didn’t catch her name but she has long curly hair and was wearing a toque. We will be back because of her :) Thank you for a great night!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 5, 2020

Best pizza in Calgary.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 31, 2020

Blessed be the pandemic pizza. This place always blows my mind.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 29, 2020

Amazing!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 26, 2020

Great place to be. The pizzas are different and very tasty.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 23, 2020

It was our first time here and we very much enjoyed it! The service was good and surprisingly quick. The vibe of the place was pretty cool and chill but a bit loud. All in all we were quite happy with the quality of the food and service. We will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 20, 2020

As always, delicious food, great service and a fun relaxed atmosphere, even in Covid times. Reserved for 9 people, we were given 2 tables beside each other which was very much appreciated. Thanks again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 20, 2020

Amazing food, incredible service, always a great time and can't wait to go back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 11, 2020

This is one of our favourite Calgary restaurants.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 28, 2020

Always LOVE WOP! My fave Pizza in Calgary. Great Pizza, good service and a funky Inglewood vibe. Can't be beat.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 26, 2020

Absolutely loved it. amazing pizza, great service, lively vibe.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 5, 2020

Arancini and The Pandemic were our favs!! So so so good! If you haven’t tried without papers yet, its a must!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 15, 2020

We had an excellent time. Food was delicious and service was amazing.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 11, 2020

Everything was awesome

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 4, 2020

Everything was great, especially our waitress, loved the banter with Tel..:)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 29, 2020

Love the pizza here. Wonderful place to meet up with friends.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 23, 2020

Best pizza in calgary

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 19, 2020

It’s always good at WOP Pizza! I’ve been here many, many, many times for business and personal meals.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2020

A little more light during dinner.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2020

Perfect night out with delicious food and the service was excellent. I did not get her name but she made recommendations when asked and we tried them and they were awesome. We will be back for sure.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 11, 2020

Had a great evening

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 28, 2020

This was my firt time to visit this establishment. The pizza and salads surpassed my expectations. The flavors were well matched and complimentary. There happened to be an open mike jam session going on that added to an already upbeat and inviting atmosphere. A true highlight of my week.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 26, 2020

Best pizza in Calgary!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 20, 2020

Loved the cartoons playing on ther wall. Live music was catchy. Server was very bubbly and polite. Food was to die for. Great experience. It was a work function with 15 people.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 18, 2020

Mia (spelling) is an amazing server! And the pizza never disappoints us, always consistent... always good!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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