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Mario and Intenso Restaurant 402 8th St SW S.W. 29 Oct 2017 20:53 #20053

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Too cool! Let's try to overwhelm our very own IPSC shooter Mario with our patronage!


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"Since about the time of Calgary’s Winter Olympics, Abruzzo Ristorante has held sway over a tiny corner of downtown at 402 8th St. S.W. Set in a low-slung, white-plastered building amid the towers of the west end, it was a popular place for classic, white-tablecloth Italian cuisine. But Abruzzo closed earlier this year claiming, like many other downtown businesses, that increased taxes were the culprit.


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Linguine alle Vongole at Intenso Rustic Italian Cuisine.

Undaunted, longtime Abruzzo staffer Mario Djordjilov made a deal with the landlord, updated the look of the place and opened Intenso Restaurant (403-452-8595) a few months ago.

Gone are the white tablecloths and the dark corners of Abruzzo. Djordjilov has installed new wood floors, slate tile walls adorned with local art, and new furniture, brightening the old place. It’s still small and charming with 60 seats spread over a couple rooms, but Intenso now has a contemporary look.

He’s also brought in a new chef in Dale Neisz who most recently worked with Kevin Turner at both Brava Bistro and Symons Roadhouse. Neisz brings his own spin to classic Italian recipes using fresh pasta and locally sourced products. You’ll still find linguine alle vongole, fettuccine Alfredo, veal piccata and scampi on the menu, but the Intenso team is aiming for rich flavours that are lighter and fresher than older versions. And with lower prices, too, reflecting the new reality of downtown dining.

Intenso has retained one of Abruzzo’s key assets — 15 dedicated parking spots in front of the building. Not bad for downtown. "

Best of Success Mario!!!

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Mario and Intenso Restaurant 402 8th St SW S.W. 30 Oct 2017 09:48 #20056

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GREAT!
Good Luck Mario!
We will see you soon :-)
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Mario and Intenso Restaurant 402 8th St SW S.W. 31 Oct 2017 21:33 #20071

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I will surely stop by during my frequent Calgary visits.
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Mario and Intenso Restaurant 402 8th St SW S.W. 01 Nov 2017 15:44 #20075

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Is Mario still a member? I haven't seen him at a match in quite some time (mind you, I haven't been that active myself). So I looked for his name in the 'individual Shooter History' link and didn't see his name....
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Mario and Intenso Restaurant 402 8th St SW S.W. 01 Nov 2017 16:20 #20077

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Yes
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Mario and Intenso Restaurant 402 8th St SW S.W. 02 Nov 2017 14:16 #20082

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There seems to be a theme developing here... IPSC AB members opening restaurants. Delicious...!!!
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Mario and Intenso Restaurant 402 8th St SW S.W. 05 Nov 2017 18:36 #20097

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The individual shooter history report is usually filtered to list results for active members, the definition of active being that they have shot a match with the last 12 months of the report being issued. If the report included all shooters, it would be considerably longer.
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Mario and Intenso Restaurant 402 8th St SW S.W. 23 Dec 2017 06:00 #20267

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My wife and I took our "date night" to Mario's Intenso last night,.... WOW
What an absolutely delicious meal in a cozy spot. Great food, great wine, and even managed to squeeze in some desert.

If your looking for one of the best Italian food experiences available,... Intenso is the spot.
Thank you Mario for a wonderful night.
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