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Why Not Italian

Southwest Calgary
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156-555 Strathcona Blv SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
403-240-4129
Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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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

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Visitor rating
  • 2
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 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
Most recent review
Retirement dinner

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 22, 2014
awbear
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Calgary, Canada
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23 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Calgary, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 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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Eastend, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Winnipeg
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
49 helpful votes 49 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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237 reviews 237 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
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82 reviews 82 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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
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126 reviews 126 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?