350 Davie St., Vancouver
Advice: Go with friends or family, and order familia style and share.
It’s no secret that I love Kitsilano’s La Quercia, and have loved Chef Adam Pegg and Chef Lucais Syme’s eatery since day one. Along comes the duo’s second Northern Italian eatery of which I can’t compare in just. Dining in this large room is divine, it however is a very different experience than their first restaurant. The room has an open feeling with its dark wooden furniture, shiny copper pots in glass display cases, with white wooden finishes and cool lights.
My friend and I shared the delicious Roasted bone marrow, salsa verde, crostini ($13); along with the delish Eggplant terrine, prawns, agro-dolce tomato ($13) along with the outstanding Souffle di parmigiano, zucchini crudo ($13) which has to be my favourite dish on the menu.
Next was the Porchetta Tortellini, sage butter ($13) and the delicious Kale and Ricotta Pansotti, walnut sauce ($12) and the delicious Polenta gnocchi, cheese fonduta, mushroom ($13).
Next was the flavourful Trout involtini, zucchini trifolat ($26) for our secondi which was the perfect size to share after our selection of antipasti and primi.
To finish off the meal we opted for a taster of their Hazelnut Semi Freddo (desserts change frequently) which was the perfect finish to an outstanding meal. If you are looking to dine solo or with your romantic companion and are ok with booking at least a month ahead go to La Quercia, if you are looking to dine with family or friends and are spontaneous in your dining adventure then you best get over to La Pentola pronto. I am looking forward to trying out brunch for my next visit as that menu looks intriguing.
Review by: Richard Wolak