Chicago Deep Dish Pizza — Bensonhurst Pizza Co.

The first time I ever had real Chicago deep dish pizza (not the pizza from the local chain of pizza joints that is mediocre at best) was in, well, Chicago. When deep dish is done right, it is a thing of beauty. Now that Bensonhurst has opened on 17th Avenue, you can pop in to order whatever kind of pizza you love, whether it’s Neapolitan-style, New York-style, the list goes on and on. This big, saucy, cheesy, meaty pie of a pizza can definitely feed 4 hungry people, if not more. It’s not an everyday kind of meal, but feel free to indulge in this one once and awhile.

$18 for a 9 inch pizza at Bensonhurst Pizza Co., 100 – 933 17 Ave. SW, 403-455-5561,, @Bensonhurstinfo

— Dan Clapson, contributing food editor, @dansgoodside
Le Vieux Pin Vaila Rose – Okanagan Valley 

A pretty little number with cranberry and black pepper on the nose. Quite dry with enough acids to be versatile with food, and still have a yummy strawberry ice cream f‎inish.

$27. Available in select stores across Calgary.

— Tom Firth, contributing drinks editor, @cowtownwine

Pig Roast – Ship and Anchor

This makes for a great evening out with friends. Expect a whole roast pig, natural dripping gravy, caramelized onions, warm apple sauce, roast potatoes in duck fat with garlic and thyme, creamy fennel coleslaw and classic slaw, artisan bread & butter and fresh fruit bamboo skewers on a big board. Three of us tried our best but still couldn’t quite finish it! A great value at $25 per head.

At the Ship and Anchor, 534 17 Ave. SW, 403-245-3333,, @Ship_and_Anchor

— Linda Garson, publisher/editor-in-chief, @vineanddine
Chicken and Beef Shawarma – Calgary Shawarma

And it’s Calgary Shawarma (at the corner of 5 St. and 11 Ave. SW) for the win. Omar and his family run a friendly joint doing simple fair with simply better ingredients and offer it in a manner that will guarantee your return. It’s easy to overlook shawarma as a type of fast food, but when done right it is a heavenly experience. I recommend the Mix Wrap (Chicken & Beef), add Sambal Oelek and hummus and get it served with all the tidy fixings.

$10.50 at Calgary Shawarma, 555 11 Ave. SW

— Tarquin Melnyk, contributor, @livelikeburning

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