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Why Not Italian

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Southwest Calgary
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156-555 Strathcona Blv SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-240-4129
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice little restaurant and one of my favourites for those nights I do not want to cook..Friendly service, good bread, good pasta. Can be a little crowded sometimes but week days are mostly good... good idea to reserve though... Lots of parking.

Thank lonan520
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

We had a 6:30 reservation. Seated at 6:30, water showed up at 6:50, bread at 7:10, meal at 7:40 Food was really good but small portion left me still hungry. Not worth waiting that long for. Service was poor at best. It says something about a place when the wait staff apologizes every time they come to the table.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Calgary, Canada
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

I have been there twice for dinner in the last month. Both experiences excellent. Unfortunately when I find something I really like, I'm a creature of habit, so had the same dish the second time. I can't remember the name of it but it was a linguini dish with chicken and prawns made in a very delicious light sauce. Next... More 

Thank Richie699
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330 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016

It had been a number of years that we had not been to this restaurant. We have been going there for more than twenty years on a regular basis, but because we had rarely in recent years frequented the Strathcona area, it had been a while. On a recent Thursday night we decided to give it a try, and realized... More 

Thank GPaCalgary
Calgary, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2016

We have been coming here for years and the food is always consistently delicious. One of my favorite places to go for Italian food. The staff is friendly and the service is great!

Thank amh0lbr00k
Calgary, Canada
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198 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2016

We came back for dinner and had the special on that evening's menu and it was really nice. Nice place, service and really good food! We'll be back!

Thank 2Calgarians
Albufeira, Portugal
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2016 via mobile

The food is always great here. Cory the waiter is always attentive. We've been here tons of times and the food is always fresh. The Gamberetti appetizer is the best in Calgary. Love the Linguini Pescatore red sauce and the Combinacion platter with veal Parmesan and veal cannelloni and fettuccini Alfredo all on one plate is to die for. Trust... More 

Thank karl r
Cochrane, Canada
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2016

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

1 Thank Lianna2014
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank Steve R
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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67 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Michelle R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 156-555 Strathcona Blv SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Southwest Calgary
  • Neighborhood: Southwest Calgary
  • Phone Number: +1 403-240-4129

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?