{Review: Una Pizza + Wine – I like pizza, do you?}

Have you guys tried Una Pizza + Wine yet? If you like pizza, you will like Una.

Situated in the old Wicked Wedge spot on 17th Ave (right across from Western Canada high school). The small restaurant is a happening place on the weekends. Our first visit was on a Friday a few weeks after it had opened and it took about an hour and a half to get a seat. Desperate for pizza, we waited eagerly in the tiny space between the restaurant and outside along with 4 other hungry diners. Luckily we ordered a couple of glasses of wine to help the time pass by a little easier.

It has been a couple of months and Friday night after a busy week we got the craving again.

We headed down there at about 7pm, busy as usual, luckily they’ve updated their system. The hostess approached us with an ipad and took our reservation and told us it would be about a 45 min wait, but she would give us a call when the table was ready. This was great because it allowed us to venture elsewhere for a drink, rather than hang around the entrance like a savage hungry beast. So me and the boy walked over to the nearby Bungalow a few doors down for a lycheetini and beer, about 5o min later were seated at the bar at Una.

Normally I would not wait this long to be seated at a restaurant, but this pizza is SO worth it. After being seated we were served some of their Q water, their premium house triple-distilled water. I’m no water connoiseur, but it definitely tasted better than tap water. For drinks, I had a glass of the Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon from the Northern Coast of California. A full-bodied and rich red with flavour notes of fresh berries, pepper and vanilla oak. My date had the Rochefort Trappist from Belgium, a deep brown beer with flavours reminiscent of fresh fruit, spice, leather and figs (according to our server). A gold medal beer winner  in the 2004 and 2006 World beer championships.

Onto the food, We ordered up an appetizer of veal and pork meatballs. Baked in San Marzano tomato sauce and shaved grano padano cheese with a couple of slices of bread to soak up the delicious sauce.  The meatballs were so flavourful and juicy, the only bad thing was that there weren’t more of them. They were so good I forgot to take a picture!

haha oops! Just take my word for it, they were good.

Next up, the pies. I couldn’t resist ordering the same pie as last time. I’m a fan of simplicity when it comes to pizza and I LOVE their potato pie, made with yukon gold potatoes, provolone piccante cheese and fireweed  honey. Not a typical pizza you see on a menu, but it is SOO good, the tender thin slices of potatoes layered with creamy sharp piquant cheese are a perfect complement to the thin crispy crust. I even detected a slight hint of truffle oil as well. That’s probably what got me hooked.

My date ordered the salami pie, made with the tasty san marzano tomato sauce, fior di latte mozzarella, salami, chillies and fresh grano padano. The tanginess of the sauce paired perfectly with the paper-thin slices of meat and gooey blobs of mozzarella.

We looked around and noticed most of the couples were ordering just one pie to share. Although I recommend getting two, because then you can take home the leftovers. (which were just as tasty the next day I might add).

Overall, I think the pizza is worth the hour wait on their busy weekend nights when you have that craving for pizza and wine and don’t mind a packed house. But you can also check this place out when it’s less busy during lunch or into the wee hours of the morning (they’re open till 1am).

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