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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?
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

January 16, 2020

A nice spot to have a friends get together.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 15, 2020

amazing, super kid friendly. AWESOME all around.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 4, 2020

Everything was awesome. Food was delicious and service perfect.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 31, 2019

Fun place - great pizza.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 21, 2019

Only bummer was no cheesecake - otherwise everything was great!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 19, 2019

Great service and ready pizzas. The server was attentive, but not overly so, which made for a great dinner. The pizzas were super good too. Good selection of draft beers.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 18, 2019

We have been there many times & it is always good. Our server was Mya (??sorry for spelling) & she is simply outstanding!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 9, 2019

Service was really great the the pizza had very thin crust and was fantastic. What a great little place. Very quaint and comfortable.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 22, 2019

Always great service and the pizza can’t be beat! One friend is celiac and can always eat pizza. Took a friend who hadn’t been before and she’s now a new fan! Thanks!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 18, 2019

Best pie!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 13, 2019

Maya/Mia our server was terrific. She was informative, friendly, funny and read our crew perfectly. We laughed together and she made great reccos.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2019

A bit too noisy and hard to hear the conversation amongst our own group. What can restaurants do about this increasingly common issue?

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 10, 2019

Great pizza, as usual. WOP never fails to please

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 7, 2019

Amazing food and service! Will definitely be coming back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 3, 2019

Great food and fantastic service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 2, 2019

Very nice Pizzas but the Beer portion was smaller then expected for $7.00

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

November 3, 2019

Good. Reservation was lost somehow.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

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