Arts festivals? Sure. A spectacular river valley? You betcha. A giant shopping mall? Of course.

But of all the attributes that might draw a tourist to Edmonton, pizza probably wouldn’t be the first thing that springs to mind.

Not, at least, until a popular tourism website bestowed the city this week with the honour of being the eighth top city in the world for pizza.

Readers of voted for Edmonton just ahead of the Italian cities of Florence, Palermo and Milan, and just one spot behind Venice.

Chicago, New York and Rome topped the list, but the site notes that “in an era when artisanal and hipster pizzerias are all the rage, the old-school joints still rule up north in Edmonton.”

That means meatballs, BBQ chicken, shrimp and – some may shudder – pineapple.

The list singled out three Edmonton staples: Tony’s Pizza Palace, Packrat Louie and Rose Bowl Pizza.

But it also gave a nod to the chain pizzeria Famoso, saying “the variety of pies … is not so much soup-to-nuts as white-sauce-to-peanuts (and surprisingly tasty).”

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  1. TJ2

    The old Roma in Kingston had to rank as one of the best. After eating my first thin crust pizza, in Pisa, 1977, I recall saying, “Good, but not as good as Roma.”
    Roma was run by two brothers, Nick and Dominic, only the latter of which is still alive. After Nick’s passing, Dominic continued on his own and soon took in an assistant who, with the financial help of his father, eventually took over and, in no time, went out of business.
    All this conversation about good pizza has reminded me to go and visit Dominic and try to find out where he now gets his pizza and, more importantly, his sauce recipe.


    Tony’s Pizza Palace is my favourite. Tony had a stone block by the kitchen for children to stand on and watch him make the pizza—he’d throw the pizza dough in the air much to the kids’ delight—while their parents sat and had a glass of wine. It’s always been located in one of the poorer neighbourhoods in Edmonton but is usually quite busy with a diverse crowd and has a very loyal following.

    Quite a few years ago, Tony passed the restaurant on to his sons who continue making the same great pizza and creating the same welcoming atmosphere. (For a while after passing the business on, Tony would still be there to greet guests at the door.) My children have long since moved on to other parts of North America, including Toronto, but when they come home, they always want to go to Tony’s- if there is time–not to see the pizza dough in the air but for the great pizza.

  3. Exothermic1

    Not sure how much is nostalgia and how much can be attributed to alcohol, but 20 years later Funky Pickle still my benchmark for late night pizza.

  4. FreshAndLoud

    I’m not surprised.

    On our Italian honeymoon, only pizza from Naples, and to lesser extent – Venice, was memorable. Rome and Florence felt like giant city-sized tourist traps.

  5. Lamont Cranston

    Is this one of these polls that if the word gets out to a dedicated group of locals they can pump up a score?

  6. Richard231

    I live in Edmonton. I can attest there are several decent pizza places. For delivery I like BP’s, Dominoes and Panago. But you can get better pizza at Formosa’s and some smaller specialist pizza places (Funky Pickle for example). And then I have been told Packrat Louis does a good pizza.

    However I can’t imagine the pizza in Edmonton is really as good as it is in Italy. I find that hard to believe.

  7. Saloni1

    Oh boy, this is opening up the floodgates of memory. I remember Avenue Pizza just off campus that was a fixture in my life from junior high all the way to grad school. I remember the velvety wallpaper. And Royal Pizza, the one that’s walking distance to the Princess. Red vinyl booths. The Royal still serves pizza with ceremony, on a pedestal, oozing cheese. But my favourite was the Popeye pizza at Pharos Pizza, right by the Garneau, run by Pharos himself for decades. Spinach, fresh dill, feta and mozzarella on whole wheat. Man! There’s a trendy coffee shop there now and times must change I guess, but I really miss Pharos whenever I’m in Edmonton. That was cozy comfort food on those long winter nights.

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