1795 Robson Street, Vancouver
Advice: Counter Service, eat-in, take-out
Specializing in traditional Italian, this popular Westend cafe serves up house-made pastas with a variety of fillings and sauces, available in 2 sizes, regular and large. There are a variety of appetizers, along with a selection of desserts and coffees to round out the menu.
After a couple of visits to takeout some of the Tortelli with 4 cheese sauce, I finally made it in to try some of their other dishes, the Coccili al Forno ($6.50), traditional Tuscan bread balls with a variety of fillings including, Philadelphia and ricotta cream, prosciutto and ricotta were tasty. Since I am in love with their house-made Tortelli ($11.95) filled with potato, this time around I had it topped with bolognese, delicious and served with a couple slices of bread.
As they had 3 house-made desserts on offer the night I visited, I decided to try all 3, on one plate I had a Dessert Duo, the delicious Tiramisu ($5) with layers of coffee soaked imported lady fingers, mascarpone and fresh cream and powdered cocoa on top; along with a piece of the Apple Strudel ($5) with no added sugar. I also had the delicious Baked Pannacotta ($5) topped with a berry compote, house-made in a jar.
Either before or after a meal, their Espresso Shakerato ($3) will be the perfect refresher, as it was a hot day, I was craving an iced coffee and this one was a perfect match with my meal.
I am looking forward to returning to try their traditional Italian Lasagna, which I hear is a must. The owners came from Italy a couple of years ago after owning an Italian restaurant, settling in Vancouver. This is true Italian gem is worth visiting day or night to eat-in; or take the dishes home where you can pair it up with a bottle of red.
Review by: Richard Wolak