Personal is Tiny, Small is Small

Small Pizza

Small Pizza

I drove a friend to the University of Calgary clinic last week in the NW and while waiting for his tests, I stopped at Gus’ Pizza for lunch. It was half full when I walked in at 11:30am. By noon, the kitchen was filling takeout orders from people who worked in the Professional Building but luckily, I had my meal in front of me.

I decided to try the Small Pepperoni and Mushroom pizza and a can of Coke. When the pizza came, I was a little shocked at the size of it. I felt like asking the waitress if she had mistakenly dropped off a personal size pizza instead of a small but when she served the table next to me, I realized the personal size was tiny compared to my small.

If you’re hungry then order the Medium or something else on the menu. The Small pizza was disappointing for $12 because it was the size of my iPad with 6 slices. For the price, I expected a larger size pizza that I could have shared with a friend.

One thing good about the pizza was the crust. I like pizzas with crispy crusts (like Pizza Bank in the SW) and cheese that is baked right in. The cheese here was thick and acted like a canopy. As soon as you bite into it, the cheese would fall off the pizza like a topping.

There were plenty of pepperoni and mushrooms which was nice and hearty. Aside from the size, it was a relatively good tasting pizza. Anything that tastes this good should be large enough for you to enjoy there in the restaurant and for you to take home. Too bad I couldn’t do the latter because I ate it up in one sitting.

Next time, if you’re in or near the Foothills Professional Building just off the Foothills Hospital, drop in for lunch or a light snack. It’s worth another visit and review but I’m going to try their pasta next.

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Italian Cafeteria

Broccolini an Sausage Pasta

Broccolini an Sausage Pasta

To all Via Cibo fans, sorry about the title of my post but I mean it in a good way because I think the owners of it has it right. The pasta is delicious and fast. Who says good food has to take a long time to prepare?

At Via Cibo, join the line at the front door and choose from a menu up high. There are pasta dishes, sandwiches, pizza, salads, drinks and gelato.

I wanted something extra spicy so I ordered the Broccolini and Sausage pasta. There is a milder version but if you want some heat, make sure you ask for ‘extra spice’. You get a choice of penne or linguini so I chose the linguini. The broccolini was chopped up into small pieces, almost unrecognizable small. I forgot for a moment what the green stuff was and thought they were green onions. The sausage was firm and was told it was homemade.

The pizza looked good and authentic. It is like Wolfgang Puck’s pizza, flat and crusty. There’s also a kid’s menu which are smaller versions of the big adult’s menu. The kid sized pizza is a little larger than a DVD and the adult size is more like a frisbee.

Pasta is served with a slice of bread and if you ask, they will accompany your meal with a free glass of iced water. They also serve still and mineral water if you wish.
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Pizza with “Permissible” Meats

SPU - Best Pizza in Town

SPU – Best Pizza in Town

If you’re looking for halal meat on a pizza then this is the place to call for pizza. SPU is located at the corner of Patterson Drive and Coach Hill in the SW. It shares the strip with 7-Eleven, Shell and Treasures of Saigon. Halal is an Arabic word that means “permissible.” In terms of pizza toppings, it can never be pork and the meat was obtained from an animal that was slaughtered under strict Islamic guidelines.

I have to admit, it wasn’t the ‘halal’ that attracted me in. Instead it was their street sign that promised ‘unlimited toppings’. For as little as $11.99 for a medium 12 inch pizza, you get all the toppings you want for free. There’s quite a selection of toppings too such as the regular stuff like mushrooms, green peppers, red peppers, ham, bacon, pepperoni, sausage and tomatoes but there are some premium toppings like shrimp, feta cheese and tandori chicken. I think I saw donair meat too.

Their regular pizza dough format is thick but if you want thin crusted, be sure to ask for it when ordering. I inquired about thin crust at the till when I 0rdered my pizza but I got a thick crusted pizza when I got home and opened the box. Next time, I’ll have to order it instead of asking whether they can make it thin.

On the wall reads ‘SPU – Best Pizza in Town”. With that in mind, I was anxious to get home and sink my teeth into.

The crust was fair to good. It’s nothing like my favourite (ie. Pizza Bank) but it’s comparable to Pizza 73. I was a little disappointed with how the toppings were placed. Most of the toppings were placed around the center of the pizza with no topping near the edges. When you get about 2-3 inches from the crust, all you get is cheese and a very light coating of the tomato pizza sauce.

For $11.99 (medium), $13.99 (large), $15.99 (x-large) and $19.99 (giant) with unlimited toppings, it’s awesome and worth a second try. It doesn’t come close to my absolute favourite which is still Pizza Bank at Glenmore Landing so I disagree with their claim that it’s the best pizza in town.

Happy Hours at Pizzetta

Brushetta

Succulent Tomato Brushetta

One of my favorite pastimes is to check out happy hours at select locations on earth. Today, I found a place where you can order a slice of pizza for just $2. If you look at the curvature of the crust, you will find that the slice is actually a quarter of the whole pizza and whole pizzas go for nothing less than $15 each.

The place is called Pizzetta and it is located on Koloa Road in Old Town Koloa. Where the heck is that, you may ask? It’s on the island of Kauai and Koloa is just down the road from Poipu. If you’ve been to Kauai and stayed on the south shore then you’re familiar with Poipu beach and Poipu bay. They will tell you that it is the sunniest location on Kauai.

Renovations are going on at Pizzetta. The main part of the restaurant is being renovated along with the bar but there’s plenty of tables for happy hour patrons or dinner go-ers.

We ordered one of each, cheese and pepperoni pizza slices for $2. To top it off, we also order Caprese and Bruschetta. Between these two dishes and the pizza, we were full. The bill was outrageously cheap at $13 but we had iced water instead of Italian soda.

Service was only so-so with the waiter being miffed about something. The Caprese was not real buffala but ok, the Brushetta was not warm enough but the pizza was good.