DesBrisay Dines

WEEKLY LUNCH PICK: Trying out pizza, panini and, of course, cheesecake at the The Flying Banzini

A look inside the new Flying Banzini, which opened its doors in the waning days of August.

I walked in to the new Flying Banzini just as Scarlett O’Hara was Never Going to be Hungry Again. The beet salad and panini (with Caesar salad side) arrived as Ginger and Fred were waltzing into the sunset, and The S.S.Minnow was hitting its usual patch of rough seas when the pizza and soup showed up.

Part of the charm/schtick of this place is the endless loop of projections from old film and television shows, much of it with an aviation theme, that plays out on the far wall.

The Flying Banzini is a sandwich/pizza/cheesecake place owned by Saskatoon native Dave Scharf, and newly opened in the space vacated by The Collected Works bookstore. It actually reminds me a bit of The Works Burger joint, during its early days. A themed food place with a side of entertainment — lots to look at, lots to read, sandwiches and pizza delivered with a Lululemonish message to “Learn, Laugh, Love, Smile, Cry, and Dream… Share the Passion of Life’s Grand Adventure.”

Well, yes, of course. All good, understood, but how’s the beet salad?