Palate-pleasing pizzerias in Calgary

The Calgary pizza renaissance is in full swing. While Western-style pizza parlours remain an eat-out, order-in staple, a long list of pizzerias are tossin’ it old school with authentic Italian basics plus inventive nuovo toppings.

Without Papers

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1214C 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T1

This sociable second-floor Inglewood pizza place is the casual extension of Sugo, the upscale Italian eatery located downstairs. The ’za features a mix of Old World toppings and technique with Western pie influences and a few inventive twists. Try the Blue Ox, whose toppings include roasted beef striploin, horse radish and blue cheese. Ask about the pizzeria’s bicycle delivery service.

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria

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105-2303 4 Street SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2S7

This small and growing Western Canadian pizza chain serves authentic, hand-made Neapolitan style pizza, meaning it uses ultra-fine Italian flower, sweet-and-juicy Campania tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese. Baked in wood-fired ovens, the final product is gorgeous. Start with classic Naples-approved standards such as the marinara or the margherita and move on to the adventurous Korean barbecue pork and spicy Thai.

Manies Pizzaria & Greek Cuisine

AB

A Greek restaurant known and loved for its pizza menu, Manies keeps its Western-style, thick-crust selection simple and delicious. Available in 10-inch and 12-inch, varieties include Hawaiian with back bacon and pineapple, pepperoni (spicy or regular) as well as pepperoni plus back bacon with a dash of chopped green pepper.

Bocce

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110-2207 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1X1

A spinoff from the very popular Mercato Italian restaurants, Bocce is a fun and casual Fourth Street Southwest eatery serving its own Italian menu. This includes hand-made pizza dressed in the best traditional ways. Try the spiaggia with Lennox Island clams and roasted garlic or the isola topped with, among other things, pancetta, roasted pineapple, mozzarella and smoked scamorza.

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