Hangriest Hour: Biga Calzones

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Biga Pizza is best known for its brick oven-cooked pies topped with ingredients like Flathead cherries, local beef and toasted hazelnuts. It’s why the eatery is one of the most consistently filled joints in downtown. But crafting artisan za is not the only thing that makes Biga among Missoula’s tastiest hangouts.

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The B-side of the menu: The list of calzones on Biga’s menu comes after items like the portobello mushroom salad and the pizza with caramelized onions, goat cheese and roasted garlic. So unless you know what you’re looking for, it’s hard to make it all the way to the calzones before finding something you’d very much like to put in your belly. But next time you’re there, we recommend trying.

Clearing the air: Just so we’re all on the same page, a calzone is basically a pizza turnover. They are usually filled with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses and typical pizza toppings. If you’ve never had a calzone, don’t feel bad—there aren’t many options in Zoo Town (Philly West and UM’s Country Store, to name two on a pretty short list).

The Biga ’zones: Biga has five calzones on its menu: cheese, sausage, pesto, spinach and mushroom, and the Joey’s Calzone, which is stuffed with prosciutto di Parma, whole milk ricotta, mozzarella and mascarpone cheeses, garlic and roasted peppers. They are all delicious, but recently we’ve been loving on the spinach and mushroom, which is salty, appropriately unctuous and a tad sweet with the ricotta.

A note on method: The best calzones are served with marinara on the side. When they are cooked with sauce inside, you’ll be dealing with a dough sack of molten juices and steam. Get the marinara on the side, and dip your ’zone accordingly. It’s not only safer for the roof of your mouth, but it allows you to taste the calzone’s filling. At Biga, it’s well worth it.

When to go: Biga Pizza is located at 241 West Main Street and serves lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner Monday through Saturday.
—Jamie Rogers

Hangriest Hour serves up fresh details on western Montana eats. To recommend a restaurant, dish or chef for Hangriest Hour, email editor@missoulanews.com.

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