23238 Mavis Ave, Fort Langley
Advice: Reservations suggested.
Located in a former auto garage, the large dining room seats plenty in this cozy family run Italian food focussed restaurant. Owned by Giulia who’s background was as an Interior Designer this plays in to the well appointed room. The walls of the restaurant are covered with pictures and paintings of her family from back where she grew up in Italy.
My friend Lawrence and I enjoyed the delicious house-made Rigatoni Bolognese; followed by the Patate E Pipi, a delicious pizza created by her son Luca Carbone, a 15-Year old Pizzaiolo, this pizza pie has tomato-infused wheat and tipo 00 crust, a creamy sauce topped with thinly shaved potatoes, fire-roasted red peppers, fontina, garlic confit, Bonetti’s Pancetta and Mangia e Scappa’s handmade Fresh Cheese.
As I do have a sweet tooth for home-made desserts, we ordered and shared of few of their Italian specialties, first the Pesche house-made by Nona (the owner’s mother) resembling peaches it’s almost like a donut or profiterole filled with custard, rolled in sugar and liquer and it was delicious. The Fig & Pear Crostada is made with figs from the owners garden, loved it as well as Chef Alessandro’s Tiramisu with coffee flavoured ladyfingers, cream filling, decadent dessert. These were enjoyed with a shot of their house-made Limoncello for the perfect digestif.
It is great to see that a wood-fired oven is used to bake the pizzas, something of a rarity these days as these kinds of ovens are hard to find in Vancouver due to construction and operational laws. I loved how almost everything is home-made from the pastas to the pizzas to the desserts. You will also find a market adjoining the restaurant where you can purchase their flatbreads along with meats and other Italian items. This is gem worth visiting from the city and beyond.
Review by: Richard Wolak