Best Pizza Restaurants in Calgary
Skip delivery and go to these restaurants to enjoy the drinks, side dishes and ambiance that go with a hot pizza.
Pizza with potato, creme fraiche, leek and smoked pancetta from Posto Pizzeria and Bar.
By Jared Sych
*Listed in alphabetical order.
Stephen Avenue’s Double Zero has been a pizza destination for several years, but its newer location at Chinook Centre is a destination in its own right, too. Named after the finest-grade of flour you can find, thin-crust pizza crust is its specialty. From the classic margherita to the super-popular Hawaiian Princess, the pizzas here have just the right crust to cheese to topping balance.
Chinook Centre, 403-457-7677; doublezeropizza.ca
Since Bridgeland is unofficially Caglary’s Little Italy, it should be no surprise to anyone that you can find an excellent pie here. The offspring of La Dolce Vita restaurant, LDV cooks its Napoli-style pizza in a traditional wood-fired oven. The thin crust is chewy and flavourful, and the topping selection stays well within the realm of tradition. Try the Crazy Calabrese, topped with sapicola, soppressata, Genovese salami with chili paste, fresh tomato sauce and fiore di latte cheese.
916 1 Ave. N.E., 403-263-5999, ldvpizzabar.com
All of Posto’s pizzas are excellent, but there’s one on the menu that’s so crave-worthy and delicious, it makes it difficult to even consider the others. Made with a thin, flavourful crust, topped with potato, crème fraîche, leek and smoked pancetta, and served hot out of the wood-fired oven, it’s the perfect balance of creamy, chewy, salty, sweet and savoury that brings you back for more.
1014 8 St. S.W., 403-263-4876, posto.ca
The only Calgary restaurant to be a member of the Associazione Pizzaioli Napolitani, its thin-crust pies adhere to the strict rules of ingredients and preparation so they taste just like pizza in Naples. Emphasis is on the flavour of the sauce and the crust. Toppings are never overloaded, and include such options classic Marghertia (sauce, olive oil, parmigiano, mozzarella and basil) and the Speck e Rucola that adds cherry tomatoes, arugula and smoked prosciutto.
1147 Kensington Cres. N.W., 403-283-1166, pulcinella.ca
It’s rare to find this small but energetic restaurant without a line-up, but the chewy thin-crust pizzas are well worth the wait. With nine varieties of California-style thin crust pies topped with San Marzano tomato sauce and interesting combinations of high-quality toppings (such as double smoked bacon, fennel sausage, smoked mozzarella and maple syrup) and 25 to 30 wines by the glass, once you get in, you may never want to leave.
618 17 Ave. S.W., 403-453-1183, unapizzeria.com