The top 6 from Avenue Calgary's 2014 Best Restaurant Awards, listed in alphabetical order.
The crunchy crust is thinly layered with sauce and toppings, creating a delicate balance. These pizzas may be thin, but they are oh-so satisfying, especially for lunch.
Top pie: Spicy chorizo, salami, goat cheese, olives and peppers.
751 4 St. S.W. and Chinook Centre, 403-265-9559, doublezeropizza.ca
Fedele Ricioppo is perhaps the most respected pizzaiolo in the city, and his thick, richly topped pizzas are a credit to his trade. The simple, ungarnished crust alone is a treat.
Top pie: The Stuzzichina of fresh tomato, bocconcini and prosciutto. (Note: A close second is the Gilchrist, invented by my wife, Catherine, of mushrooms and crispy pancetta.)
106, 6036 3 St. S.W., 403-258-2294
With La Dolce Vita serving fine Italian cuisine on the first floor, LDV takes a simpler, but no-less-authentic approach to its well-crusted pizzas upstairs.
Top pie: San Francesco, a mushroom-truffle oil base topped with gorgonzola, arugula, prosciutto and White Gold fior de latte cheese.
916 1 Ave. N.E., 403-263-5999, ldvpizzabar.com
A weighty, but balanced pizza emerges from Nikos’s ovens — medium crust, significant cheese, well-placed toppings; a slice or two and you’re done, even though you still want more.
Top pie: Niko’s Special of pepperoni, onion, tomato, green peppers and feta.
1405 11 St. S.W., 403-453-0553, nikospizza.ca
The cheese-crusted pizzas at Sophie’s feature a beguiling tomato sauce and heavy layers of toppings; nothing delicate here, yet surprisingly light.
Top pie: Sophie’s House Special of pepperoni, mushrooms, ham, shrimp, olives, beef salami and peppers.
4808 Richmond Rd. S.W., 403-242-1141, sophiespizza.ca
The lineup for a seat may drive you to distraction, but the quality of Una’s pizzas is worth the wait. Love the spicy chili oil here.
Top pie: The Prosciutto with San Marzano tomato sauce, crisp prosciutto, provolone and arugula.
618 17 Ave. S.W., 403-453-1183, unapizzeria.com