Stopped by Bridgeland yesterday and noticed that where Pimento's/Pizzailoa's used to be, there is a Roma's pizza. Owner there said that the previous owners had been bought out. Roma's did not look good and seemed to be a travesty setting up in the same location as a place as good as Pimento's was.
Pimento's was our favourite pizza place in Calgary bar none before this - the residents in the condos in Bridgeland will know what I mean. That crust, that delicious sauce, those perfect toppings (their pepperoni was to die for). Not to mention the down-to-earth service and incredibly friendly owners.
The owners took so much pride in their pizza, they pre-measured salt and every ingredient precisely to ensure consistency and the perfect flavour. I even recall the first time we went, when they were basically closed due to catering a wedding at the local community centre in Bridgeland but made us a pizza anyways.
The story ended sadly in this fashion - Pimento's was owned by two brothers and a friend. One of the brother's trademarked the name "Pimento's" without informing the other brother and the friend in what seemed like a bitter incident, forcing the remaining two owners to try to change their name. They told us back in the spring that it would be "Pizzaiola's" and they were in the process of changing their menus and their sign to reflect this.
Then, only about a month after we were last there, we saw Roma's and were saddened by the sudden disappearance. Even the downtown Pimento's location has gone off the map.
Does anyone (specifically those in Bridgeland) know what happened? I would hate to hear that such great pizza artisans just took the money from an inferior pizza company and decided to call it quits. I would love for them to make us happy once again, maybe say in Aspen Landing (where my fiancee and I are moving to)? ;)
Until there's any news about it, R.I.P. Pimento's/Pizzaiola's. You will be missed.