You may be impressed by the imported 00 flour low in gluten, the imported tomatoes from the Campania region, the bell shaped oven the artisan nature of the pizza… but you’ll probably just be impressed by the delicious, light pizza offered at Famoso.
I was skeptical of trying the place because I have been to Pulcinella Pizza in Kensington several times to have their “authentic Napoletana” pizza. I have been disappointed several times and dread going every time it is somebody’s birthday. The last time, I asked them to undercook my pizza so it wasn’t burned on the bottom and so that flavour wouldn’t carry out and drown out the other ingredients. But it wouldn’t matter anyways, the prosciutto pizza I ordered once was like deli meat from the grocery store, canned mushrooms and really blanched out artichoke hearts (canned as well?).
Needless to say, when the new kid on the block sporting authentic Napoletana pizza came around… I hesitated for a few months before trying it. I am so glad that I have because it really is a great place to get a light pizza where flavours speak. Great food is when the ingredients are kept simple but fuse together to work in a blast of flavours.
I do enjoy going for a quick bite during lunch because of their lunch pizzette option where you choose any pizza off the menu and pair it with either salad or soup. I wish I could mention about the soup or the other salads other than Caesar but I absolutely love their Caesar salad and can’t bear to order anything else. I would love to hear from you if you have had the others. :)
Fire-Roasted Tomato Bisque Soup 11
Caesar or Napoli Salad 11.75
Gorgonzola Walnut or Caprese Salad 13.75
Pictured is their Primavera pizza… mozzarella, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, roasted mushrooms (real), kalamata olives and red onion. YUM!! I have had this pizza many times and never disappointed.
Other pizzas I have tried also include the classic margherita, pollo, proscuitto arugula and vesuvio. They are all wonderful but I do keep coming back for the Primavera.
I have yet to try their tiramisu or their gelato… by the time I finish, I am stuffed! I have tried their Italian sodas and will say that I am not too impressed with them and find them to taste slightly medicinal.
Further than that… I would recommend this place and if you were like me and turned off of Napoletana / Neapolitan pizza because of the Kensington location… let this place be the one to change your view as it did with mine.
* Photo credit to Eat in Calgary Blog