Sunday, May 10, 2009


When you are happy in your own home, the urge for socializing outside it becomes less and less over the years. Especially if you have to deal with people all day anyway.
But there are those people in our lives you actually care for. Friends who deserve the name friends. And if those friends make the best Pizza outside a restaurant, that's a major bonus.

Bruno, Sandra and their three kids are originally from Italy and Holland. I met them 15 years ago when they lived in Calgary and owned at that time the possibly best Italian restaurant in this city (Toscanini on 17th Ave SW). At the same time as we left for the States, they too went back to Europe and only recently returned to Canada. So we reconnected and the better for it!

Bruno meets me at Artigiano's, Jawa and other great coffee spots in town frequently and our discussions usually evolve around food (who would have guessed...), especially Italian food. Bruno's passion, though out of the business for years, is greater than any chef I met. His knowledge of how to make a good dish great is endless. Yes, all those Risotto posts in this Blog are due to Bruno's hints and advise.

Lately our conversations have evolved around Pizza and how to make that perfect pie at home.
With Victoria's gluten intolerance, I laid an extra challenge at Bruno to see if he can make a go of it.
Did he ever. People, get a Pizza stone! What a difference. Victoria brought two of her own Pizza shells with which on many occasions I made her Pizza with. Good ones. But Bruno made them great. I mean great. Very crispy on the bottom, yet chewy and the best topping combo you can get. (the first image of a Pizza is Victoria's GF Pizza)

Of course we also made a few pies with regular dough for the rest of us and let me tell you, Try to make friends with Sandra and Bruno! They'll invite you over for Pizza. You would love it.

Sandra is actually a top producing realtor here in Calgary, so if you want to sell your house, let her list it conditional on a FESTA DELLA PIZZA at Bruno's.....I am serious. Email her:


GFE--gluten free easily said...

Great post, Peter. Your words and pictures convey that wonderful connection with special friends. :-)

So happy that your friend, Bruno, made a fabulous pizza for Victoria, too! I make my pizzas flourless (egg and cheese crust), but that method sounds great for gf flour pizzas. My sister swears by using a baking stone for baking her cookies.


H.Peter said...

Hi Shirley,

a good chef can do almost anything GF.
Bruno should open a Pizza joint with two kitchens...regular and GF!

Allison the Meep said...

I think being surrounded by people you love, while eating good food is one of the best things in life. Glad to see you all have that!