A brighter and lighter National on 17th Ave. has emerged. This is the first of the National venues in Calgary to transition to a refinement of its original concept serving a more diverse culinary, wine and cocktail menu. Not only has it changed up the restaurant, it’s added a pizza oven with several drool-worthy options available from its pizza bar. We tried the Bee’s Cheese made with a white sauce, fior di latte, asiago, provolone, parmesan, pecorino, mead honey and black pepper. If pizza is not your thing, try the edamame hummus, al pastor lettuce wraps, focaccia garlic bread and the pork schnitzel. From wine, craft beer and cocktails to weekend brunch with Fratello coffee, this may become our new favourite weekend hangout.