As chosen by Sarah Chan, teacher, musician and publisher of Midlife
By Tom Ndekezi | August 24, 2021
Sarah Chan’s love for Sepp’s Pizza goes way back. So far back, in fact, that the pizzeria hadn’t even opened its doors yet.
“I used to park at that location when I was in university because it was so expensive to park [on campus],” Chan says. “It used to be a laundromat… and so it would always smell like laundry — which smells good — and I would walk by [on my way to campus].”
Between the smells, the saunter and the savings, Chan quickly grew fond of her Garneau oasis, even as the location transformed from a laundromat to a cafe to a New York-style pizzeria in 2019.
“I’ve just got a soft spot for this place near campus, but also, [they have] excellent pizza,” she says. “There are many other delicious pizza places in the city that I also enjoy, so I hate saying that I like one over the other, but New York-style is kind of hands down.
“And they come in 18 inches! It’s a big pizza and I like that.”
Chan’s go-to pie at Sepp’s is the Funghi, a white pizza made with mozzarella, cream sauce, mushrooms, potatoes, gorgonzola and porcini oil, all finished with 36-month-old aged Parmigiano. For first-timers though, she suggests trying the Apulo, a familiar red pizza topped with San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, spicy soppressata, jalapeños and organic honey.
“I’m a big fan of the New York style’s tasty factor, but also just how epic it is,” Chan adds. “When it arrives — especially if you get the 18 inch — it feels like you’re like Alice in Wonderland. The food is really big, there’s something just very indulgent [about it] and it really sparks joy.”
Over the better part of a decade, the 25 Best Things to Eat feature was a summer staple for Avenue readers. Edify keeps the spirit of that program alive in 2021; we will feature the food picks of prominent Edmontonians throughout the spring and summer. Keep checking the food section at EdifyEdmonton.com for weekly updates to our Best Things to Eat recommendations!
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