Located in the heart of a rather industrial area, in a completely unassuming strip mall-esque building; the sign for cocobrooks above the entrance is the only thing that distinguishes this place as an establishment meant for eating at. From the outside of this restaurant you would have no idea what kind of magic is created with these four walls. We boast this as one of the best pizza's in all of our travels. It is always a place we stop in
during our trips to this fine city. It's definitely a must try for pizza lovers.
Upon entry the establishment it resembles more of a food court atmosphere with tables, plastic chairs and TV's. The line on the side to place your order is usually quite lengthy during the lunch rush, but moves very fast as they pre-bake some of the favourites.
On this particular visit the woman taking our order was friendly and courteous, and the pizza, (which comes only in individual size servings) was, as with our past experiences, simply amazing. On this trip I had the Bacon Double Cheese, and SJ ordered the Mile High, which is his pizza of choice. My Bacon Double Cheese pizza had a light tomato with ground beef sauce, smoked bacon, white onion, mozzarella, and aged cheddar. The Mile High, boasts about half an inch of pepperoni, salami, ham and mozzarella, with a light tomato sauce. The crust, which is always crisp yet soft, was loaded with toppings. They don't skimp on the toppings here, or the cheese, so come with an empty stomach as you will be assured to walk away full.
The variety of available pizzas has something for everyone. Most of the pizzas are mainstream, but they do offer a few variances to satisfy more eclectic taste buds. The prices are great for the quality and amount of toppings offered. At an average of $7.00 per personal pizza, your wallet can’t complain.
When our number was called we added the complimentary chillies and parmesan to both, (located by the fountain pop dispenser), and dove right in. The pizzas were hot, freshly made and cut into four slices for easy consumption. Not much to say other than, it ALWAYS tastes great.
When you open the box for the first time the smell wafts up and entices you. One of the most unique things about this establishment is the quotes and parables on the recycled boxes the pizza is served in. These make for interesting reading, and are geared towards lifting the spirit. Although some are religious based, the owners provide a small note to explain and apologize if any offense is taken. The boxes and napkins are made from recycled material and unlike many pretenders, this place is very conscious of their foot print on the environment and ask you also recycle your box when finished.
Cocobrooks also carries numerous other items on the menu such as calzone, pastas, salads, desserts, and a good "bake at home" selection. If you love pizza, and are ever in Calgary, be sure to check out one of the three locations...you will not be disappointed.
Location Visited: 2020 32 Avenue NE Calgary, AB
Ambiance: Casual/Food Court
Overall experience: A casual dining experience with amazing value.
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