The son of parents who operated a successful Calgary pizzeria, John Papoutsakis grew up surrounded by expertly tossed dough, artfully sprinkled cheese, and traditional toppings. With Sophie's Pizza, opened in 2004, John marries the traditional Greek-style pizza of his folks with contemporary variations and flavours available via takeout and delivery. More than 20 specialty pies arrive fresh from the oven with premium ingredients such as Atlantic Bay shrimp, hot banana peppers, and flax crust adorning or flanking its foundation of mozzarella cheese and sauce made from scratch. Rather than attempting to snag their preferred pies from a claw-crane arcade game, customers can verbally request their favourite combinations to customize their medium, large, or extra-large slices. Feasters supplement tasty pizza treats with five pastas baked fresh to order, four healthy salads, a pound of oven-roasted wings slathered in four flavourings, breadsticks seasoned in herbs or garlic, and a trio of sweet-tooth-satiating desserts.
Double Zero Pizza's pub-style pizzeria engages lunch and dinner crowds with a menu of 10 neapolitan thin-crust pies, upscale entrees, and an ample selection of wines and beers. Doughy discs simmer under a mantle of Alberta mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes while balancing a choice of tasty toppings, including mushroom duxelle with fontina ($16), spicy calabrese sausage ($15), and confit chicken ($15). Diners can devour grilled delicacies such as a Spragg Farms pork chop, which nestles itself among beds of arugula and apple salad ($21). Eight draft beers run the thirst-slaking gamut, including lagers, IPAs, and pilsners ($7.25), and pinot grigio and negroamaro wines ($7/glass; $23/half litre) accessorize slices with class. Double Zero's able chefs can craft all pizzas with their gluten-free recipe upon verbal request or telepathic singing telegram.
Inside a family-friendly dining room or amid a lively atmosphere filled with jukebox beats and the triumphant exclamations of kids scoring a point in a sports arcade game, diners devour bites of Dover Pizza Steak House & Lounge's Italian fare, including pizza, pasta, steak, and seafood. Sports fans catch the game on the lounge's HD TVs and chow down on an order of honey-garlic dry ribs, revelling in $0.25 wings on Monday and Wednesday. Every second Friday, the lounge hosts karaoke night and helps crooners forget their attempts to sing Beethoven's Third Symphony with Kahlua root beers and margaritas.
At Empanada Queen, Katherine Vallejos focuses on perfecting the many varieties of empanada, filling baked or fried dough shells with mouthwatering beef and chicken. This dedication has propelled her creations onto Avenue?s list of 25 Best Things to Eat in Calgary. Vallejos?s eatery seasons the meats with medleys of eggs, olives, and raisins, as well as turning out vegetarian varieties stuffed with mozzarella or spinach. Though these empanadas soak up most of the limelight like a travelling family band, other creations do earn space on the menu. Sirloin pairs with avocado or a sunny-side-up egg, and helpings of pur?ed corn, chorizo, and freshly cut fries pile onto plates.
For 15 years, Best Choice Pizza has delighted diners with inventive pizza creations, fresh salads, zesty chicken wings, and catered meals of baked pasta and pizza. The pizza menu promises familiar toppings of pepperoni, salami, and mushrooms, as well as creative flourishes such as donair meat, beef tikka, and tandoori chicken. Chefs whip up traditional pie, as well as hearty circles of deep-dish, available in sizes ranging up to a colossal 36 inches for family reunions and visiting barbarian hordes.
Chefs at The Wicked Wedge blend flavourful herbs into their whole-wheat pizza crusts, yielding healthful, high-quality pies. Topping options range from roasted chicken and house-made sausage to all-vegetable pizzas crowned with artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, pesto, and asiago cheese. Besides serving meals over the counter, staff at The Wicked Wedge will also prepare take-and-bake pizzas to be warmed in customers' home ovens.