Rea's Italian Cucina

Reservations Recommended. Please Call 403-230-7754

Frequently Asked Questions

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You can make a reservation anytime by calling 403-230-7754. One of our staff is happy to book you in for a meal. Holiday reservations may be limited. Please call in advance!


Yes! REA’S has a upper floor that is available for group bookings. We can accommodate parties of up to 36 guests. We also have a number of family-style dishes we offer for large parties. Please call us at 403-230-7754 to discuss your booking.


We can accomodate most food allergies with substitutions. Please keep in mind that our kitchen handles many common allergens so there is always a slight risk of cross-contamination. Please inform your server of any allergies prior to ordering. 

Most of our pastas may be substituted with a gluten-free pasta for $3.5. This excludes our lasagna.  

Generations of Flavour

Authentic Italian home-cooking serving Calgary through multiple generations since 1996.

Our Italian Roots

Our story began in 1965 in the charming province of Campobasso, Italy. Nonno Franco Rea was visiting his hometown of Bonefro and decided to take a Taxi to Alfredo De Michele’s Cantina. As fate would have it, a young lady (Nonna Maria) caught Nonno Franco’s eye as she stood on the balcony. Their connection was instant, and by the end of that week, Nonno Franco proposed to Nonna Maria.

Nonno Franco’s vacation eventually came to an end, and he had to return to work in Alberta, Canada. Determined to be together, he sponsored Nonna Maria to join him in Canada, and in late 1966, she made the journey to begin their new life together. In September of 1967, Nonna Maria gave birth to their first child, Michelangelo (Michael) Rea, followed by their beloved children Maria, Anna, and Alfredo.

The REA'S Family

Sandro's Pizzeria, founded 1996.

Years later, Michael and his wife Nancy had the opportunity to fulfill their dreams when they purchased Sandro Restaurant & Pizzeria in 1996. The quaint Italian restaurant quickly won over the hearts of customers, leading to loyal patrons and cherished friendships. 

Introducing REA'S

Unfortunately, a devastating fire struck in 2009, forcing them to temporarily close the restaurant. Undeterred, they persevered and rebuilt the establishment, giving birth to REA’S Italian Cucina later that year. With the same owners, the same cherished menu, and the same exceptional pizza from their beloved oven, they were once again open for business.

The Next Generation

However, life took an unexpected turn in 2017 when Mike passed away due to health complications. His passing left the restaurant in the hands of Nancy and their children, who were determined to carry on his legacy and continue to do so.