“….intelligent too, like a real thoroughbred is”


(Peace to Wilfred L. RIP)


10821 95 St NW, Edmonton

The Canadian Derby is coming to Northlands Race Track on August 22nd and win or lose, I guarantee a good-time. If you cannot wait (or if you miss) the madness, you can always get your horse-racing fix at one of the many off-track betting sites this city has to offer. One such joint, Little Italy’s Santo’s, doubles as a pizza and pasta joint. While I am sure that most off-track betting bars in this city serve some version of pizza, I will put serious monopoly money on Santo’s pizza being the best.

Scenario: A goodbye lunch for a friend returning to his current, non-Edmonton, city of residence.

Across the street from the Italian Centre (the real Italian Centre), Santo’s serves pizza and pasta to Edmonton’s discerning Italian community. The joint is made up of a lounge, a restaurant, and a betting booth, all of which are great. The beer selection is standard, the pizza selection is not, and the espresso is European. Santo’s staff are very lovely and the lounge’s decor – complete with a Molson-sponsored ceiling lamp disguised as an Oilers score board – is perfect.


Between 3 pizza eaters, we split a Mediterranean, an Italian Sausage, and a Plain Cheese, with a plate of gnocchi for the lady. The Italian Sausage was great, with finely chopped sausage and tasty rapini. The bruschetta-smothered Mediterranean was a serious highlight, while the johnnycomelatlely Plain Cheese – ordered as a kind of barometer – was light on the cheese and heavy on the ‘plain’.  Overall the pizza was fantastic, the only (very minor) downside being its less-than-spectacular crust. I was really impressed by this place.

Our lunch conversation, which began as a discussion of Edmonton’s arts community and ended up as a heated argument about politics in Alberta, was reminiscent of the recent beef between rappers Rick Ross and Fifty Cent: predictable and uninteresting. Related, I think Rick Ross wrote a love song to a race horse (always put your money on ‘The Boss’):

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  1. As if that debate was uninteresting! You were too busy trying to bet while singing Q Lazarus’ Goodbye Horses.


    Aaron Levin

    • I forgot about that song. Good call.

      You’re right that convo was pretty good. It did get in the way of my betting though.

    • ……also though, as per our lunch conversation:

      This kid is the worst (secretly loving this song though), and Rick Ross needs to stop being involved with absolutely everything…..if ‘being involved’ means being all up in the videos (suge knight voice).

  2. I love your blog! You’ve stepped your game up since I last visited this thingy and it’s rad!

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