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Why Not Italian

Southwest Calgary
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156-555 Strathcona Blv SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
403-240-4129
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 2
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  • 10
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  • 7
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  • 5
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Family dinner

The food was fantastic but found service a bit too slow. I think they have to add a couple more staff members.

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Lianna2014
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Cochrane, Canada
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Cochrane, Canada
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was fantastic but found service a bit too slow. I think they have to add a couple more staff members.

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1 Thank Lianna2014
Lloydminster
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

Went for dinner at 5pm. Great food Huge portions Priced right. Restaurant filled up quickly. 2 waitress to serve 2 levels in restaurant. Food came reletevly quickly. Took forever to get our bill.

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1 Thank Steve R
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

This is a popular restaurant with a good reputation in the local community. It has a nice selection of Italian fare, including Italian beer (but no Prosecco). I was there for a late dinner sitting on a Saturday night, which was nice because it's a fairly large, open room and it gets noisy so the later dinner was much quieter.... More 

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Thank Michelle R
Alberta, Canada
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236 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

A friend of ours who lives in the area took us to this restaurant recently as he regularly eats here. I felt that the place needed a bit of freshening up - awkward steps to one part of the restaurant that were definitely in need of repair and not the cleanest place I have ever been to. When we first... More 

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1 Thank Aldergreen
Calgary, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Went here as one of my staff was retiring. The place was clean and the server was very friendly. It was around 6:30 pm on a Thursday and ended up about half full. There was only 2 servers and 2 people in the kitchen that night so service was a little slow for drinks. The appetizers and the food was... More 

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1 Thank awbear
Eastend, Canada
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53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Nice atmosphere, but very small portions for the higher end prices. Restaurant was mostly empty at lunch time so was a bad sign. Service below average-server spent a lot of time talking to the other patrons while we waited and waited for the bill.

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1 Thank Tannis T
Winnipeg
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82 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I try and go to this restaurant every time I am in Calgary. They have great food, atmosphere and service. The prices are excellent - you won't be disappointed.

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Thank pace34
Calgary, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I am not a difficult person to please so when I give a bad review it is serious. We were sat, given drinks, an appetizer, buns and our food within 15 minutes of arriving at the restaurant. It seemed rather rushed. The best dish we had was mediocre at best. The other two dishes were so salty they were almost... More 

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1 Thank Connie S
Calgary, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

After finding that at least the top 15 Italian Restaurants in Calgary were fully booked for Saturday night, I finally found Why Not Italian available. As per the following, you will easily see why. Prime dinner time at 7:30 saw about 6 out of 25 tables being used; usually a real bad sign. Firstly, we were seated in the corner... More 

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2 Thank Ronald T
Calgary
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

This restaurant is situated at close to the highest elevation in the city, and there's only one way to go if you don't keep up with your reputation; DOWN!! We have been going to it for as long as it's been open, about 25 years. It is close to home, the parking is easy, the food was always good, and... More 

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2 Thank thatCalgaryCouple

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 156-555 Strathcona Blv SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Southwest Calgary
  • Neighborhood: Southwest Calgary
  • Phone Number: 403-240-4129

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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