A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by Michelle MacPherson of Maven and Mention to attend a #PZAPARLOURPARTY at the new PZA Parlour, located just off MacLeod Trail and Southland Drive SE. I was really excited to check out PZA Parlour after learning that this was new restaurant concept is being launched by Tony Nicastro, current owner of Villa Firenze, who is a third-generation restaurateur in Calgary.
We started off the #PZAPARLOURPARTY sampling crispy Calamari, which was served with a smoked lemon aioli and marinara sauce.
Next up, we tried the delicious Salsiccia, which consisted of roasted pork sausage with red pepper-onion marmalade and balsamic reduction and was served with bread sticks. This turned out to be one of my favorite dishes of the evening.
For our third course, we tried the flavourful Caprino Salad with tomato, goat cheese and black olive salad with fresh arugula and a balsamic dressing.
I loved their Spinaci Salad, which consisted of baby spinach lightly dressed in oil and balsamic, topped with all my favourites – honey candied bacon, gorgonzola cheese and toasted pine nuts.
Another dish that impressed me was their Pesto Gnocchi, with housemade potato gnocchi in a fresh basil pesto cream.
At the #PZAPARLOURPARTY, I tried this Belgian style farmhouse ale from Goose Island Beer Co. called Sofie for the first time and totally fell in love with it. It paired perfectly with the salads and gnocchi.
We also had an opportunity to sample a few of the pizzas. For the bruschetta lovers out there, you got to try the Nonna Teresa. Topped with delicious homemade bruschetta, green peppers and mozzarella cheese sprinkled with parmesan, I really enjoyed how well-balanced the flavours were.
For our second pizza, we tried the Johnny G. Named after our local celebrity, Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames, this pizza was topped with salami, pepperoni, house made sausage, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.
Lastly we tried the Gio, which was topped with pear slices, gorgonzola and mozzarella cheese. I loved the perfect balance of salty and sweet flavours.
We finished off the #PZAPARLOURPARTY with some delectable desserts – a luscious Tiramisu with house made espresso soaked sponge cake with whipped mascarpone and some amazing Ciambelle, which were fluffy and light Italian donuts topped with Nutella.
PZA Parlour is definitely a welcome addition to south Calgary. In addition to their extensive pizza menu, they offer a great selection of appetizers, salads, pastas, entrees as well as desserts. They are family friendly and even have a kids menu.
#297 – 9737 Macleod Trail SW,