As Justin Lussier traveled through Naples in 2005, he decided to stop for the city's famous pizza at a small street-side eatery bearing the sign Pizzeria Sorbillo. He loved his traditional thin-crust pie so much that he rushed to a pay phone and called his friends Christian Bullock and Jason Allard to tell them that he wanted to make that same pizza. When Justin returned to Canada, the trio travelled to confer with the culinary experts at Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN) in order to uncover what truly makes a pizza Neapolitan. Two years later, the friends set out to open Famoso.
Famoso's chefs all follow strict guidelines set by the AVPN—they only use OO Caputo flour imported from Naples, and they hand mill tomatoes imported from the foot of Mount Vesuvius, where each crop is grown in soil enriched by volcanic ash and sung to daily by volcanologists. Chefs top the crust with local fior di latte mozzarella, fresh basil leaves, and pecorino romano cheese. They then spread dough into wafer-thin disks, which they blast-fire at 900 degrees for 90 seconds inside imported Italian bell-shaped ovens. Pizzas are also topped with ingredients such as soppressata, oven-roasted Italian sausage, kalamata olives, and truffle oil.
Famoso Baristas can pair many of these pies, some of which are reinvented twice each year, with a mix of local and international wines—including vintages from Italy and Canada—and hand-crafted gelato. At each restaurant, they ferry dishes and drinks through rustic and inviting interiors, each of which reflects the unique style of its neighbourhood, though all are united by accents of exposed brick and wood, wine-bottle art, and sculptural pizza-box displays.
You'd be hard-pressed to find evidence of the more than three decades of history that have transpired within RoseBowl Pizza and Rouge Resto-Lounge's newly renovated walls. Fixtures emitting blue, white, and red light dimly illuminate the interior along with flat-screen TVs. The dinner menu features modern, sophisticated bites including bacon-wrapped lamb lollipops served with an apricot mustard sauce and fennel coleslaw, and entrees such as grilled steak poutine with a housemade roasted-garlic mushroom gravy and a drizzle of truffle oil. The culinary team has also crafted a list of martinis and cocktails whose chic elegance matches the updated surroundings. They are particularly ideal for sipping on the outdoor deck or during events such as open-mic musings, poetry nights, and shows from comedians.
The one thing that may look familiar—much to the delight of regulars—is the pizza. The seemingly random assortment of pepperoni, ham, mushrooms, pineapple, and bacon on the Chef's Mistake has made it a tradition for 34 years, which is about as long as it took to remove pizza dough from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel after the cardinals’ dinner in 1791. The pizzaiolos also top traditional or thin crusts with ingredients ranging from capicola and soppressata to fried calamari with tzatziki sauce.
Occupying a 1913 mansion in High Street, Glenora, you’ll have no shortage of character to accompany your meal at this restaurant. The ambiance is quiet and romantic, so you need look no further for the perfect spot to celebrate an anniversary or important date. Choose from one of the five set menus, or order individual dishes to develop the perfect meal. If you’re in the mood for pasta, try the Fettuccine Tavolino, which combines a fire-grilled chicken breast with a special alfredo sauce and shaved asiago cheese. If steak is more up your alley, the Filetto di Manzo is second-to-none. Remember to take the time to find the perfect wine pairing from the vast selection on offer.
Sicilian Pasta Kitchen, or as it’s oftentimes known “Sicilian PK”, has served diners of Edmonton for over twenty years. Exposed brick walls and white linen tablecloths set the scene at this fantastic Italian restaurant. The menu is composed of classic Italian favorites that are prepared authentically with fresh ingredients. Taste dishes from their antipasti, insalata, la pizza, la pasta, carne e pesci. They even have gluten-free options so that everyone may enjoy this taste of Sicily! You’re sure to find something delicious at SPK!
In 1996, Edmonton's first Chicago Deep Dish Pizza opened its doors, unleashing a garlicky, yeasty plume of steam that caused bellies all over to grumble in unison. The square, thick-crusted creations win legions of new fans nightly with options such as pepperoni, ham with pineapple, and the Super Hot's chili peppers, pepperoni, salami, beef, and bacon. These piping-hot Chicago imports, alongside sauce-laden wings and lasagna, are served until 4 in the morning on Fridays and Saturdays at each of the restaurant's locations.
Millhurst Pizza Family Dining & Buffet caters to appetites of all sizes with a menu of international food and a buffet with more than 20 dishes. Pierogi, barbecue ribs, and burgers share tabletops with plates of butter chicken (served weekends only) and pizzas such as the Sultan, which combines seasoned chicken with the bright flavors of ginger and cilantro. On Saturday afternoons and Sundays, families relax and spend time together while enjoying a brunch buffet.