Calgary Cheap Eats: Italian

Dec 19 2017, 11:17 am

Whether you’re after a quick snack or meal, make sure you check out our weekly Cheap Eats post dedicated to affordable and tasty food in Calgary aimed at satisfying your belly without breaking the bank.

Today we’re rounding up a list of great places for Italian food in the city for under $10.

Chef’s Cafe | Market

Grab lunch at this fresh and healthy-focused cafe in downtown, and enjoy Italian-inspired eats like their Porchetta-style roast pork panini or veggie and cheese flatbreads all under $10, or go for a dish from their Chef’s Pasta Station ($10.50 to $11.50). Chef’s also offers weekly specials, and gluten-free options, and takes pride in using locally-sourced ingredients.

Address: 101 6th Avenue SW 103
Phone: 403-265-6680
Twitter: @Chefs_Cafe

Amantea Italian Restaurant & Market

The secret to scoring great food for not a lot of bucks at Amantea is to head there at lunch time, when most of their menu is $10 or less. Grab a veal or chicken Parma panini ($8.99) or their Pasta of the Day ($6.99), or look for their tempting combos that are priced from $8.99 to $12.50 – if you’re feeling hungry and up for a splurge.

Address: 1207 1st Street SW
Phone: 403-232-6230
Twitter: @amantea1207


Gus’s Cafe & Pizzeria

Hit up this friendly neighbourhood spot for traditional pasta dishes that will fill you up without emptying your wallet. The trick: Get the half-portion of their Oven-baked lasagna or spaghetti or baked tortellini dishes for just $9.75 each. Mini pizzas are all $9 and under, too.

Address: #180 1620 29th Street NW
Phone: 403-282-4005


Named for “the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi,” this theatre café at the Arts Commons specializes in casual, comforting modern Italian fare from parent restaurant Teatro. Ca’Puccini is open for lunch daily, and most theatre nights, and has affordable eats like the Sloppy Giuseppe sandwich (beef bolognese, parmesan, mozzarella, arugula) for $10, Margherita or Prosciutto and Arugula pizzas for $10, a Baked Mac and Cheese for $8, and several grab-and-go options all under $10.

Address: 205 8th Avenue SE
Phone: 587-955-1513


Fiore Cantina Italiana

We’ll push the limits of our $10 and under for the great deal at Fiore, where they offer several of their classic pasta dishes for $10.99 all day on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays. Enjoy Cannelloni, Manicotti, Linguini Marinara, Spaghetti Bolognese, or many more at this great price–hey, $11 is still a killer deal!

Address: 638 17th Avenue SW
Phone: 403-244-6603

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