68 East Cordova, Vancouver
Advice: Closed on Mondays.
Passion and craft are two words that best describe this wonderful gem which I discovered recently in Gastown. The food is beautiful and delicious, take a passionate owner as well as Chef Chris Picek who is both passionate in his cooking and a perfectionist at his craft. Then throw in a large open kitchen, a brick walled room, a deli case filled with home-made pasta, olives, beverages and desserts, a simple well thought out menu and friendly service. Now taste the food, I have dined here on a couple occasions with a couple of friends, on the first visit, my friend Kenji Maeda joined me. As we were seated we were served a bowl with a couple warmed rolls drizzled with olive oil for dipping, the rolls are also perfect to use to soak up any left over sauce in the pasta dishes. We shared the Gnocchi ($15) with plum tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil; as well as the outstanding Reginette ($14) with Saskatchewan chanterelles, olives and double cream. On the second visit I had the outstanding and ever so beautiful Agnolotti ($14) stuffed with pork shoulder, topped with fava beans, English peas and carrot butter.
You must save room for dessert, I had the delicious Fruit & Almond Crostata ($7) with vanilla gelato on both visits and will have it again on the next visit! When you find dishes that you have fallen in love with you are going to have them time and time again!
Review By: Richard Wolak