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Why Not Italian

156-555 Strathcona Blv SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Southwest Calgary)
403-240-4129
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Ranked #1,084 of 2,896 Restaurants in Calgary
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Southwest Calgary
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Southwest Calgary
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  • English first
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English first
Eastend, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Winnipeg
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Calgary, Canada
1 review
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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Calgary, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Calgary
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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Top Contributor
207 reviews 207 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

They let me order the evening special Grilled cod with tomato onion sauce, no veg made yet so substituted pasta. Al Dente fettuccini was excellent . The fish EOW

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Calgary, Alberta Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We live a few blocks away, and have popped in several times for a really good pasta dinner. When the kids were young, we tended not to go just because it is so quiet and a pleasant ambience, with white table cloths. (we usually avoided white table cloths with our young kids). Now that the kids are teenagers we love... More

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Calgary, Canada
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

It's worth the trip. Have been here twice, it's so good. Hidden in a corner of a non-descript little strip mall, with Free Parking. The ambiance is pleasant, the service is good, the food is excellent and the prices are a little higher than they should be. But it's great to go there to be with friends. Reservations are recommended... More

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Alberta, Canada
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

I used to work in the area and have been to this restaurant several times, I'm only now getting around to reviewing it since visiting with my wife. The has always been, continues to be, and hopefully always will be excellent. It's a little on the pricey side, but not unreasonable ($25 or so per entree). The service is somewhat... More

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Keighley, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

You would definitely be missing a real gem if you didn't choose this Italian restaurant. 4 of us arrived without reservations Saturday evening, early and was seated immediately even though the place was quite busy. An advert for special of the day caught my eye but my fellow guests ordered off the menu. We each had just a main dish... More

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