In Pizza We Trust
In early February, I was lucky enough to be invited to the media VIP event for Via Cibo, celebrating the grand opening of their new location in NE Calgary. Along with my friend Cathy (fortwoplz) and Cindy, we were excited to see their Italian offerings and made sure to come with our appetites.
Ambiance and Service
As soon as we walked in, we’re presented with a large menu board which listed pizzas, pastas, insalata, panino.. etc. just to name a few. You can imagine how excited we got. Via Cibo has a ‘fast casual’ dining approach – order at the counter, take a number and grab a seat. The dining area included both bar tables as well as low tables. I’m a huge fan of fast casual dining since I find restaurants can keep prices low without having to compromise on quality. Win, win – right?
Service was prompt and friendly. Granted, we were there for a media event and so there was extra staff behind the counter (between 15-20 people) and food was coming out in a timely manner.
Food & Drinks
If you’ve ever dined with me, you probably know my #1 rule of ordering – always ask for recommendations. Servers always know best on their best sellers as well as underrated dishes, so you’ll really get to experience what they’re really good at.
Our server names a few dishes but highly recommended the piadina, described as an ‘ancient Italian flat bread folded the traditional way.’ We had never heard of it before so we were excited to try something new and traditional. On top of the piadina, we opted for a pizza and pasta to round out our meal.
After a brief wait, the pasta al ragu’di ossobuco arrived. The braised veal ragu was rich and favourful with the broccolini adding a nice crunch. The portion size was generous and the side of bread was more than enough. If you’re a ragu lover, this dish is a winner.
Next to arrive was prosciutto e arugula pizza. The toppings were generous and the arugula added a fresh touch. The only bit of suggestion I would say is to Being an optimistic, the pizza may have been rushed out of the oven due to the busy atmosphere. I’ll come back another time to give it a second chance.
Our last, and most-anticipated, dish was the piadina. Upon hearing it was a wrap, I was expecting something light and small. Boy, I was wrong. It came out massive, filled with an abundance of chicken, and made me question everything I knew about wraps. It could easily feed 2 and even comes with a small salad when dining in. This was my favourite by far – it had a nice chewiness which helped keep the filling intact but soft enough to easily bite through.
Ice cream was also available for dessert. Fiasco Gelato is a well-loved local business with their products in various restaurants across YYC, so I wasn’t surprised to see them on Via Cibo’s menu as well. It’s great seeing local business support each other!
Via Cibo was a pleasant surprise. Fresh ingredients, casual atmosphere and fast service makes it a winner. Since it was a media event and more chaotic than usual, I’ll be making a stop again to get the real experience. I’m most definitely looking forward to trying another piadina!