Famoso is one of the best places for pizza in Edmonton, and has grown to have locations in BC as well. It's truly the chewiest, doughiest thin crust pizza around, with fantastic in-house sauce and great flavours. My favorite is the Cavoletti, which is a white pizza with brussel sprouts, honey, dates, walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, and proscuitto crisps. The service can be sub-par (though I don't ever care about service) and you order at the till before they bring your food to you, which confuses some people.
I was curious about this place myself,so my husband and i visited the Yorkdale Mall Location.. and to be quite honest the pizza lacked flavor.. i was disappointed, came out of the resturant feeling hungry! it was horribe.
This has become one of my FAVOURITE restaurants EVER! It's still a very new chain and right now is in Alberta and BC. I have heard they're looking to expand even further and I have no doubt that this will be accomplished very soon! There are a couple opening in the Toronto area in spring, summer and winter 2012.
The fellows who started this chain were inspired by the authentic fire roasted pizzas in Naples and brought this taste and authenticity to Canada. And they did an awesome job! Their pizzas are cooked at 900 degrees F for 90 seconds to seal in flavours and give that fire roasted taste. My husband and I have been SO impressed with the quality of the pizza. Words cannot even describe how delicious they are - as well as the incredible variety to choose from (including create your own). We took some out of town friends of ours there and they are also hooked now as well! When you think real Italian pizza, this is what you'd expect to get. It is phenomenal. That's why I put this restaurant in the "Italian" category and not "Pizza" category. I feel like only saying it's "pizza" is an understatement. This stuff is legit.
The pizzas are only about 11 in. and cost about $15 so I don't think I'd ever order from here for a pizza party or a large get together since one pizza really only feeds 1-2 people so it can get pricey. But for a night out or for just a few people, it's perfect. So much better than any "fast food" pizza joint. Do keep in mind that the crust is quite thin - just for those who like a fuller crust. But trust me, it's not a deal breaker (I'm a full crust person myself).
So the pizza is FANTASTIC and the dessert is also incredible. There's tiramisu (so creamy and moist), gelato (creamiest ever), and even a Nutella pizza (omg). Also great coffees - mochas, lattes, cappuccinos, americanos (including a Nutella Mocha! These people are Nutella nuts). All delicious.
The restaurant ambiance and setup is gorgeous. Dimly lit, brick walls, and lovely chandeliers. It's great for a quiet romantic dinner. It always smells like spicey sausage, fire roasted goodness, and basil leaves.
The ONLY thing I don't like is the fact that you have to walk up to the counter to order. All your server will really do is bring your drinks and food, the rest is up to you. When I go out, I do prefer to be waited on so I can relax and socialize. I feel like because of this set up, the servers are kind of lax when it comes to quality service. And that's the only reason I did rate it 5/5. However, this is still a new chain so there may be a few things for them to iron out still and it certainly isn't anything that would keep me away!
Like I said, this has become one of our favorite places so if you have a chance to go to a Famoso, GO! Don't walk, RUN! Best pizza of your life and I'd even venture to say even best gelato. You will not regret it!
Now I'm hungry........
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