Where to Get Detroit-Style Pizza in Calgary

These are some of the best spots for thick crust pizza in the city.

Pow Pizza’s Crime Wave is an update on Hawaiian-style with braised pork shoulder, pineapple, pork jus and fresh jalapenos. Photograph by Jared Sych.


Pow Pizza

The latest creation by the minds behind Without Papers pays homage to the hearty pizza traditions of Detroit. Pow Pizza takes the best parts of Motor City methodology — thick, square crust, toppings buried beneath brick cheese, sauce slathered atop after baking — and incorporates twists from Ukrainian cuisine, Hawaiian-style toppings and locally raised meats. Pow’s four-seat takeout counter has recently added delivery for those who can’t make the journey to Renfrew.

1025 Russet Rd. N.E., 403-263-1115, powpizza.ca

Chef Angelo Contrada at Pow Pizza. Photographs by Jared Sych.


Other Thick Crusts In Town


Stromboli Inn

Look, there just isn’t another option for Detroit-style pizza here in Calgary. But if it’s thick-crust and delicious sauce and toppings you want, head to Stromboli Inn, which has been cooking hefty pies with excellence since 1972. The sea farer with lobster and crab is a great splurge, while the Stromboli sausage with Italian sausage and potatoes tests the boundaries of how filling a pizza can be.

614 1 Ave. N.E., 403-265-8680, stromboliinn.com


Vern’s Pizza

Vern’s began in Saskatoon and has since expanded to nine locations around Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Speaking of expanding, we dare you to try the 18-inch mamma mia which weighs more than 10 lbs. Yes, you read that correctly — Vern’s makes pizzas that weigh more than a newborn baby.

127, 575 28 St. S.E., 403-508-0220, and 27, 15 Millrise Blvd. S.W., 403-215-3557, vernspizza.com

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Avenue’s writers and editors are occasionally invited to eat at local restaurants as a guest, including some of the spots in this story. Neither complementary meals nor advertising are required for coverage in Avenue. Neither companies that advertise nor those that provide other incentives are promised editorial coverage, nor do they have the opportunity to review or approve stories before publication.

This article appears in the April 2019 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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