Pizza #6: Sammy's is All in the Family
So normally in these reviews you're probably used to reading a few obnoxious comments, a quick x
/10 and that's it. However when it
comes to reviewing Pro Pizzas
I think a little more detail is required. So get comfortable, dear reader, The Big Cheese has a story to tell...
The Big Cheese is all about the entrepreneur and the artist.
See, I believe that everyone has a little entrepreneur in them and a little artist as well. Maybe all you ever did was sell lemonade on the sidewalk or doodle
a picture of your teacher during math class, but they're in there nonetheless. Combine the two and that's where the independent pizza restaurant owner can really shine, as in this case:
Sammy's World's Greatest Pizza
in Southern Calgary, Alberta.
is a local chain with two locations, one on MacLeod trail (info below) owned by Samerah
and the other owned by her brother in Cedarbrae Plaza.
Samerah runs the place along with her two daughters Ria
, all pictured here.
They may have thought I was off my rocker when I asked for a pizza with a smiley face on it
so I could photograph it and put it on a web site,
but they were great sports. In fact, they came up with some of the most original smiley-face ideas yet!
It was a collaborative effort with Samerah, Ria and Randa all contributing to the ultimate design. They selected their Donair Special
as the basis for the pizza face.
That's 14 inches of garlic butter sauce, donair meat, donair sauce, onions, fresh lettuce and diced tomatoes.
The pizza they made was really fantastic and totally earned the whopping 11/10
we gave them for creativity. We have donair sauce for the "complexion", and food colouring was added to some sauce for the rosy cheeks and the outline of the lips.
The eyes and lashes were achieved using onions that were coloured using food colouring, plus olives for pupils. Finally we have lettuce hair and a little piece of donair meat used to indicate a nose.
I have to admit, they totally blew me away with the effort and creativity they put into this.
I brought the smiley pizza and two others back to the office for lunch and comments were 100% positive:
"This is great. The donair one [munch] is awesome [slurp]..."
"I can't stop eating this Greek pizza. This is what pizza should be."
"This is way better than the stuff you brought from Vern's."
That last quote is a scorcher folks, because Vern's is located just up the hill from Sammy's and they are in direct competition for your taste buds.
Sammy's totally kicked Vern's butt in this round... can Vern's make a comeback? Cue the dramatic music! Dun-dudu-duuuun!
Like all good things, this review must also come to an end. Let this example set by Samehra and her daughters serve as a reminder
of how creativity and art is in all of us and that if you just ask for something, even if it sounds ridiculous, the results can be far beyond your
expectations. And on that overly serious note...
I, The Big Cheese, hereby declare Sammy's World's Best Pizza to be the best pizza in Southern Calgary!
You can give Samehra, Ria and Randa a call at 403-254-2999.
They offer free delivery within 6km and they have pizza, wings, donairs and much, much more!
We highly recommend their Donair and Greek pizzas!
Sammy's World's Greatest Pizza
Phone: (403)254-2999 Web: N/A
14343 Macleod Tr. South
Calgary, AB Canada
We ordered a 14-inch Sammy's Special, a Sammy's Greek and Samerah & Co. used their Donair Special as the basis for the awesome happy face pizza.
All that and a bunch of sodas were gratis. (Thanks!)
Overall: 10 / 10 The best looking face we've posted on the site so far, excellent service and pizzas that everyone enjoyed! A well-deserved perfect score!
Presentation: 9/10 The happy face looked great and they took the time to finish dressing the pizza with fresh tomatoes and lettuce after the photos were taken.
Creativity: 11/10 Yes, that's right we turned the dial up past 10 for this rating. A lot of thought and artistry went into the selection of ingredients
and the design of the face. Totally above and beyond and deserves a score that's a notch above the rest.
Quality: 10/10 Not too big, not too small, not too greasy but still really satisfying.
Taste: 10/10 Everyone who sat in on the pizza lunch agreed on two things: 1) these pizzas were great and 2) the taste was better than Vern's. (ouch, sorry Alicetair)