Famoso Neapolitan Pizza – Jasper Ave.

Famoso Pizza places have been popping up everywhere these days. They now have a few locations across Edmonton as well as Sherwood Park, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.
…can’t say I’m surprised. Famoso is definitely one of my top picks for pizza.

We got to the restaurant around 5 pm and thankfully there were still lots of tables available. On busier nights there are often line-ups out of the door at this spot. I noticed there was also quite a few seats open on their patio.

The concept at Famoso is a bit different than your typical restaurant. Once you’re seated, you’re told to take a look at the menu, decide on your choices and then head up to the main till to place your order. After that, a server takes care of your table for the rest of your meal. Feels a bit ‘cafeteria-ish’. I don’t really understand the point of making people get up and order, but there must be some efficiency involved that I’m not aware of.

Famoso has an open-style kitchen, so you can watch the folks in the kitchen work their pizza magic while you wait. Which, by the way, is never a long time. Pizzas are cooked in under 5 minutes.

There are lots of menu options ranging from traditional pizzas (with the option of Campania tomato sauce or olive oil based Bianca sauce) and new world pizzas.

We started off with the Gorgonzola salad and ordered three pizzas.

Gorgonzola salad – $12.50

The salad portion was really big – easily enough to share between 2 or 3 people. I really like this salad because it’s light, but still really tasty. It’s tossed in a Gorgonzola walnut vinaigrette. It basically tastes like olive oil with a pinch of some type of vinegar. Walnuts, cranberries and Gorgonzola cheese are mixed in to complete the dish.

Primavera Pizza – $14.50

My pizza came just as we finished our salad. The Primavera pizza is a “white pizza” with a strong garlicky taste. It’s topped with artichoke hearts, peppers, mushrooms, red onions and olives. SO GOOD. The crust was cooked to perfection. Despite the amount of ingredients, the pizza wasn’t soggy at all. This is my favorite pizza on the Famoso menu. No matter what pizza I try, I always come back to the Primavera as my go-to option. So flavorful. I ate the whole thing!

Spicy Thai pizza- $14.50

My friend got the Spicy Thai pizza and said it was good, but not as good as the Primavera. “Mild spicy peanut sauce, fire-roasted chicken, fresh mozzarella, and smoked mozza. Baked, topped with matchstick carrots, bean sprouts, cilantro and crushed peanuts.” The pizza was loaded with bean sprouts, which she thought was quite overwhelming and distracting from the overall pizza taste.

Pepperoni and Roasted Mushroom pizza – $13.50

My other friend got the Pepperoni and Roasted Mushroom pizza for herself and her daughter. They both enjoyed it.

Kingsley, after eating pizza.

I’m never disappointed with Famoso (this might be because I always get the same thing – Primavera pizza). In general, The service is friendly, the prices are reasonable and the food is really good.

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