MERCANTE

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6488 University Boulevard, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 827-2210

Web: http://www.food.ubc.ca/place/mercante/

Twitter: @ubcfood

Advice: No reservations, takeaway available. Their green boxes for takeout, can be folded to make plates and a smaller box for leftovers.

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To my excitement finding an authentic Italian Cucina on the UBC campus was a welcome surprise, located at Ponderosa Commons which is close to the Sauder School of Business. This 60 seat restaurant with a large open dining area features made-to-order traditional Italian pizzas cooked in a 700 degree hot stone hearth oven at prices under $10 for full size Neapolitan style pizzas. You will also find a selection of house-made pastas, salads, and desserts. They also serve some Italian specialties for breakfast as well as specialty coffees and other cold beverages.

Insalata di Bietole

Insalata di Bietole

Arugula Goat Cheese Salad

Arugula Goat Cheese Salad

I indulged in a couple of salads to start, the Insalata di Bietole ($6.50) Roasted beets, blue cheese, mixed greens, walnuts, balsamic glaze; and the refreshing Arugula Goat Cheese Salad ($6.50) with sliced apples.

Lasagna Bolognese

Lasagna Bolognese

Al Pesto

Al Pesto

Prosciutto e Rucola

Prosciutto e Rucola

I also had the delicious and hearty Lasagna Bolognese ($8.50) with béchamel, beef and tomato sauce; along with a couple of pizzas including the Al Pesto ($9.95) Pesto, pancetta, zucchini, basil, mozzarella, roasted artichokes; followed by the Prosciutto e Rucola ($9.95) Tomato, prosciutto, arugula, bocconcini, basil.

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

For dessert, I had the outstanding Tiramisu ($5.65) made with ladyfingers, espresso, coffee liqueur, port, rum, cacao, and mascarpone cream a heavenly and delicious dessert.

Heading to the UBC campus, this is a must visit spot for some Italian eats whether eating in or taking a pizza pie to go!

Review by: Richard Wolak