Without Papers – Calgary Restaurant Review

Hi friends,

Continuing with our weekend trip to Calgary before Christmas we also had the chance to get a quick bite at Without Papers.
I saw this restaurant on a food show at some point and I guess the name is a mock towards some Neapolitan Pizza Association that permits ‘certification’ through training for ‘authentic’ Neapolitan style pizza and the fact that they are ‘without papers’.
This pizza joint isn’t very big and is a climb up some narrow stairs but once inside its a pretty cute little spot. With an open kitchen and a movie projected on the wall (with subtitles) it’s a neat place.

Each of the four of us ordered a separate pizza and shared.
Ward’s pick (not surprising) – Hawaiian 5-0: tomato sauce, Canadian back bacon, pineapple, jalapeño, aged cheddar, mozzarella ($19). The jalapeños weren’t overly hot for the pizza but added a nice touch.
I chose the Hog Wild: roasted garlic panna (garlic & cream sauce), wild boar sausage, salami, rapini (broccoli rabe), fontina, chili oil ($22). Again I was a little concerned that the chili oil would add too much heat but it was just right.
Our friends ordered…
Hutch: tomato sauce, calabrese salami, genoa salami, pepperonata, mozzarella ($21). This pizza was spicy!
Pizza the Hut: tomato sauce, wild boar pepperoni, mushrooms, mozzarella, fontina ($19). A good combination of items.
All of the pizzas were really good! I love the thin crust of the Neapolitan style pizzas. No complaints here on anything. We had a couple pieces left that they boxed up for us and were tasty cold later.



I would happily go and try more of their creations.

Thanks and until next time, enjoy your adventures!

Without Papers on Urbanspoon


Farm – Calgary Restaurant Review

Hi there food pals!

On our way back from Banff a couple weeks ago we stopped in Calgary to have some lunch with our good friends Mike and Amber (shoutout!). They took us to Farm on 17 Ave (from what I gather this is Calgary’s equivalent of Whyte Ave).

Their idea is food inspired by our beautiful province. Since we were there on Sunday we got their brunch menu. The brunch menu is fairly small, consisting of only 7 items and a special. I like when places keep their menu small; keep it small and do it right.
I ordered the special which was a porchetta benedict which had an olive tapenade spread on the halved English muffin, smoky porchetta, 2 poached eggs and a grainy mustard hollandaise sauce served with a fresh salad on the side (I don’t recall how much this was but I think it was around the $15 mark). The eggs were beautifully poached! Runny yolks mixed with the tangy creamy hollandaise sauce which was easily mopped up with the yummy English muffin which I would bet money on that it was also fresh. The olive tapenade sounds like a strange component for a benedict but it went wonderfully with the smoky pancetta. This dish was delicious and I scrapped my plate clean!


Ward ordered the French toast which was what they call a ‘french toast casserole’ topped with maple syrup and cinnamon whip and had seasonal compote on the side and 4 slices of bacon ($15). This was so good too. The ‘French toast’ was like a slice of cake and was moist and flavourful, the whip and the syrup were perfectly paired.

I really enjoyed this restaurant and would like to go back one day to see what kind of offerings they have for other meals.

Thanks and until next time, enjoy your adventures!

Farm on Urbanspoon