Coming from the northeastern USA, where Italian food is wonderful, to western Canada, we were more than a little skeptical when told to go eat sausage and meatballs at Spolumbo’s. We went, we ate, and now we are converts.
Spolumbo’s spicy Italian sausage, made on premises (along with more than a dozen other kinds of sausage including chicken-apple and turkey-pepper) is delicious. It is dense and thick with a snap when you bite it and a real pepper kick inside. One fat length of it, stuffed into a loaf of bread and smothered with fresh tomato sauce, is a mighty meal. The meatballs are equally excellent: three big tender ones to an order. And as an alternative to these hot sandwiches, Spolumbo’s also has a full menu of panini sandwiches – cold cuts served on crusty buns with olive oil and oregano. The no-utensils meals are served on wax paper on a round wicker tray along with a spill of pickle chips.
Much of the fun of dining at Spolumbo’s is looking at all the varieties of ready-to cook sausage that are marshaled in glass cases near the counter where you place your order. There are long tubes ranging from fiery red to pale white as well as sausage patties in every color of the pork rainbow.
"The sausage is a masterpiece ... and the tomato sauce that tops it is brilliant. "
"This meatball sandwich is the only justification for not ordering a sausage sandwich at Spolumbo's. The meatballs are superb. Note the wicker basket that serves as tray and plate, and the crisp, puckery pickle chips to refresh the palate."
"Spolumbo's was created by three former teammates of the Stampeders, Calgary's football team. It's a great place to eat ... and to buy freshly-made Italian sausage for cooking at home or campfire."