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Any "Montreal-style" Pizza in Calgary?

DoubleFine | Aug 9, 201101:01 PM     59

I've been living in Calgary for 10+ years, and have yet to find what's often referred to as the "Montreal-style" pizza. What qualifies as "Mtl style" is really just a well made Greek-style pizza you find at a typical mom-and-pop diner. A Greek style pizza is usually piled high with toppings and has the cheese on top, and while Calgary does have many Greek-style pizza restaurants that ostensibly do this, they invariably end up tasting like cardboard for some reason. I don't know, maybe it's in the ingredients... A basic Mtl-style pizza has the following ...

- Crust: Hand-tossed, medium thickness, chewy. *NOT* a thick pan-style, and *not* dry and stiff-as-a-board.

- Sauce: Moderately salty, not too sweet, definitely not acidic. Texture is on the thin side, and to me looks like it's made with real tomatoes, as opposed to that thick goopy dark red acidic-tasting stuff that people out here seem to like and refer to as "tangy".

- Cheese: High-quality 100% mozerella. The kind you find in Montreal is salty, dense and chewy dammit! :-) There's usually lots of it. When cooked to perfection, it's very white with golden-brown areas.

I've tried a few places that have been recommended to me including Michael's, Tom's, and Spiro's, and none have come close. Even if they get the crust and sauce right, there seems to be something missing in the flavour and texture of the cheese! I don't know what it is... maybe you just can't get that kind of cheese out here (I'm told the Mtl mom-and-pops usually use Saputo)..?

"Good pizza" is relative -- there are authentic Italian-style pizzas in Calgary if you look hard enough, and there are a few interesting pizza's that don't fit into any special category like Coco Brooks and Voglio's. But I just can't find the specific Mtl. variation. Surely there must be other ex-Montrealers here who know what I'm talking about...?

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