Chorney-Sales space: Acme Pizza Co. joins the neighbourhood in Renfrew

Chorney-Sales space: Acme Pizza Co. joins the neighbourhood in Renfrew

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As a lot as eating places can present a way of momentary escape throughout troubled occasions, they’re clearly not resistant to upheaval stemming from world occasions. The challenges of being a restaurateur within the 2020s have been well-documented and even enterprise house owners devoted to the artwork of upscale eating have discovered themselves in search of ideas which might be each pandemic and recession-proof. No single meals matches that description greater than the common-or-garden pizza.

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When the group behind the dearly departed eating places Gorilla Whale, The Goose, and Gwailo noticed their eating places being knocked down by the confluence of circumstances within the final three years, they determined pizza could be an excellent guess. The Acme Pizza Co. was launched in the summertime of 2022 on the Two Home Brewing Firm in Sunalta, with a brand new store in Renfrew opening late final month. Now, pizza could really feel like a secure marketing strategy – it’s reasonably priced, simply customizable, and virtually everybody appears to adore it – however owner-operator Jason Wankel and director of operations Dean Symonds are removed from the primary Calgarians to just lately get into the pizza biz.

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After many years of being dominated by thick Greek-style pizza, our native pizza scene has expanded to supply a number of takes on New York, Detroit, Napoletana, California, and virtually each different fashion of pizza pies, with some excellent outcomes. When Acme launched, the workforce knew they had been coming into a packed, if not over-saturated market and must stand out to outlive.

“With the final couple of years of restaurant life we’ve all needed to endure by way of, pizza appeared like a enjoyable, informal factor to do,” Wankel says. “Even if you happen to’re vegetarian or gluten-free, there’s a pizza for everybody and we favored the thought of with the ability to attain lots of people.”

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Recent components are ready at Acme Pizza. Jim Wells/Postmedia Jim Wells/Postmedia

The pizza at Acme is, objectively, superb. Head baker Scott Bouchard developed a Roman-style dough that chilly ferments for 2 days, leading to a tangy crust that’s skinny and crispy, but in addition has sufficient construction to carry a wide range of toppings. These toppings are the place the actual magic is available in: Acme affords creations like a Carbonara pizza topped with Parmesan cream, mozzarella, and bacon ($23), the “Saporita” with walnut cream, prosciutto, and honey ($23), and the vegetarian “Ortolana” with romesco sauce, eggplant, and feta ($21) in addition to strong variations of Margherita ($19) and pepperoni ($19) pizzas. The pies are all 12 inches in measurement and huge sufficient for 2 folks with reasonable appetites to share (a considerably hungry particular person may most likely polish off a single pizza on their very own, so do order accordingly).

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The Margherita and Carne pizzas are proven facet by facet at Acme Pizza.  Jim Wells/Postmedia

With pizza ovens on the prepared from a earlier tenant and an keen inhabitants within the central north a part of the town, the Acme crew determined the brand new Renfrew location was an ideal kitchen to assist them sustain with their take-out orders whereas nonetheless correctly serving the dine-in crowd at Two Home. The brand new digs are small – there’s mainly a kitchen and a entrance counter for choosing up orders, however it actually expands Acme’s footprint. Prospects can go for a third-party supply choice by way of the Acme web site or, in the event that they’re within the neighbourhood, place an order and choose it up themselves.

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The brand new Acme Pizza Co. location is at 1025 Russet Rd. N.E. and is open from 4 p.m. onward Wednesday by way of Sunday. For extra info or to put an order, go to acmepizza.ca.

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Pizza packing containers are prepared for takeout at Acme Pizza in Renfrew. You possibly can dine in on the pizza at Two Home Brewing in Sunalta.  Jim Wells/Postmedia

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Whereas Renfrew isn’t almost as saturated with industrial companies as many different neighbourhoods in Calgary, Acme isn’t the one nice meals enterprise on its block. The store sits subsequent door to just a little spot known as Stoop Café, which has quietly established itself as one of many metropolis’s nice hidden gems.

Stoop, which opened in July 2022 in a former medical workplace, is the creation of brothers Ty and Jaret Loria, the unique duo behind Monki Bistro (that chain has longed since modified fingers). The Lorias, who grew up with restaurateur dad and mom and know the hours that include dinner service all too effectively, wished to proceed the balanced way of life that comes with operating a daytime-only restaurant, whereas additionally sticking to Renfrew, the neighbourhood they’ve known as dwelling since their childhood.

Identical to Acme, the Lorias are taking a components – espresso and sandwiches – that you’ll find in varied varieties across the metropolis whereas elevating issues significantly. The precise mixtures range, however at any given time Stoop has 4 breakfast sandwiches (accessible solely within the morning), 4 baguette sandwiches, and 4 panini sandwiches on provide, with fillings like beef and kimchi, Philly cheese steak, or Cubano-style slow-roasted pork, all of which should be tasted firsthand to be really appreciated.

In an unintended transfer, the hours at Stoop complement these at Acme (if one is closed, the opposite is probably going open to serve hungry Renfrewians): the café is open Tuesday to Friday from 8 a.m. to three p.m. and 9 a.m. to three p.m. on the weekends. Stoop is situated at 1027 Russet Rd. N.E. and might be reached by way of Instagram at @thestoopyyc.

Elizabeth Chorney-Sales space might be reached at [email protected]. Observe her on Instagram at @elizabooth or join her publication at hungrycalgary.substack.com.

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The Burrata Pizza, drizzled with balsamic is proven at Acme Pizza.  Jim Wells/Postmedia
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The Ortolana pizza is prepared and contemporary out of the oven at Acme Pizza.  Jim Wells/Postmedia

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