Posts Tagged ‘Pasta’

TRAMONTO

8811 River Road, Richmond

Tel: 604.247.8573

Web: http://www.riverrock.com/dining/tramonto/

Twitter: @Riverrock

Advice: Private dining room that comfortably seats 16 guests. Park for free in the casino parkade.  Located upstairs inside the RiverRock Hotel & Casino.

Tomato Amuse Buche

I dined here recently with a friend with a table by the window that had a wonderful view of Sea island and the planes landing at the Vancouver International Airport. This elegant room offers extraordinary gourmet dining and is a great escape when heading to a show at the RiverRock or before or after a visit to then casino. We shared a bottle of Mission Hill Family Reserve Chardonnay ($40) along with a very tasty Amuse Buche grilled Tomato dish courtesy of the chef.

Crab & Scallop Appetizer

Fois Grais

Caprese Goat Cheese Salad

Pan Seared Halibut

Wagyu Steak

To begin the meal, I enjoyed the Crab & Scallop Appetizer ($17) and my friend had the Fois Grais ($21). I followed my appetizer with the light Caprese Goat Cheese Salad ($13), for my entrée I had the Pan Seared Halibut ($35) with clams and Tomato Rissotto, while my friend had the Australian Wagyu Steak ($59) in a delicious Barolo reduction served with Truffle spaghetti, morel mushrooms and asparagus which she graciously shared with me it was outstanding.

Dessert sampler: Chocolate Bar, Strawberry Shortcake & Pannacotta

For dessert, we had a sampler of their spectacular Chocolate Bar, the Strawberry Shortcake and some Pannacotta (desserts on their own are $11).

The menu features the freshest local ingredients and authentic Italian delicacies. The wine list is extensive with selections from BC, Italy and around the world by the glass, half or full size bottles.

Review by: Richard Wolak

NAT’S NEW YORK PIZZAERIA

1080 Denman Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-642-0700

Web: www.natspizza.com

Advice: Pizza by the slice or by the pie. Garlic and roasted garlic is always free for toppings.

5th Avenue

Known for their pizza by the slice, these are no small time slices, think big wedges of very thin crust topped with fresh toppings baked in a NY style. My favourite here is the 5th Avenue ($3.25 slice) topped with spinach, fresh tomatoes, sweet onions and feta cheese. They make many other types of pizzas all with unique NY inspired names, an extensive selection of the usual toppings. They also have Footlong Heros, Pasta, Salads, Soup, side dishes and cold beverages.

Review by: Richard Wolak

LUPO

869 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-569-2535

Web: www.luporestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @luporestaurant

Advice: They can accommodate large parties of 12 people in the Nook located in the main floor dining room or larger parties upstairs. Advance reservations are suggested. If you wish to pair wines with your meal ask Michael to either select for you or ask him for advice.

Lupo Focacia

Winter Caprese Salad

Tortelli

I loved the ambience of both the upstairs and downstairs dining rooms, my friend Thu and I had dinner at Lupo last week and were lucky to be seated downstairs close to the brick fireplace. This delightful turn of the century Heritage House, has a contemporary kitchen with Chef Julio Gonzalez Perini it the helm serving fresh reinventions of Italian classics in a cozy, neighborhood environment. We began our dinner with the wonderful Lupo Focacia ($5) which was an ideal size for sharing, From there we had the Winter Caprese Salad ($15) over dried tomato, pesto and saba; then for the appetizer we had the outstanding Tortelli ($15) (is a Ravioli but half moon shape), stuffed with lobster, Mascarpone and onion confit, served with a tomato coulis, and fennel butter. This dish was a daily special that should be on their daily menu (we hope they will add it).

Braised Beef Short Ribs

Pizzetta -Margheretta

The main course was next and again we were shared a couple entrees, the first was the tantalizing Braised Beef Short Ribs ($26) on bed of soft marscarpone and polenta; and since we both had to try the pizza we went with a simiple, Pizzetta -Margheretta ($10) crispy crust, tomato and basil, fior di latte.

Meyer Lemon Tart

Chocolate and Raspberry Tear Drop Mousse

. I always have to save room for dessert when I am in an Italian restaurant, so to end our meal we had the refreshing Meyer Lemon Tart ($8) with a hint of passion fruit,and lemon – yoghurt gelato along with the Chocolate and Raspberry Tear Drop Mousse ($9), a tear drop shaped chocolate shell, stuffed with raspberry flavoured chocolate mousse

The restaurant has an impressive wine list, delicious food, outstanding service and made me feel like being at home.

Review by: Richard Wolak

BERT’S RESTAURANT

 

UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED

2904 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-876-1236

Web: http://bertsrestaurant.com/

Advice: Sit anywhere you feel like sitting.

Wholewheat French toast

Pan Fried Potatoes

This is one of those long time places that has become an institution in the city, since 1948, Bert’s has been serving breakfasts to loyal customers who know good food and value. Their large collection of bobbleheads and of famous people too sits above the front counter drawing customers with their cameras in hand. Love the counter for solo dining, lots of seating throughout the restaurant. I was there for breakfast and had 2 slices of Wholewheat French toast ($5.50) along with a side of Pan Fried Potatoes ($3.25). One of my friends eats there regularly 2-3 times a week for breakfast, he always orders something different to make his visit memorable. This restaurant has been serving customers for over the past 60 years because the service is ever so friendly and people can drop in and sit anywhere they would like. Asides from the extensive selection on the breakfast menu they also serve a wide variety of items on their lunch and dinner menus including hot and cold sandwiches, salads, gourmet burgers, pastas, chicken, greek dishes, steaks and seafood. Make sure you leave some room for dessert or one of their popular milkshakes after your lunch or dinner.

Review by: Richard Wolak

CAMY’S PIZZA

5688 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-324-2200

Web: www.camyspizza.com

Advice: Call ahead for pick-up or delivery. 2 for 1 Pizza Deals are the way to go.

Butter Chicken Pizza

Places that specialize in Take Out Pizza are a dime a dozen around Vancouver, I heard that Camy’s offers an array of specialty pizzas in addition to the regular selection with a focus on Indian toppings. I had the Butter Chicken Pizza (Small for $12.49) a butter chicken sauce, mushrooms, onions, green pepper, boneless chicken, banana pepper and roasted garlic. I also ordered a Vegetarian Pizza (Small for $12.49) with a creamy white sauce, topped with cheese, mushrooms, pineapple and red pepper which was delicious. There are all sorts of toppings to choose from including tandoori chicken, veggie paneer, shahi paneer, jalapeno and more.

Vegi Pizza (left) & Butter Chicken Pizza (right)

Upon request they can make your pizza on thick, thin, hand tossed or wholewheat crust. In addition to the pizzas, there is also baked pasta and baby back ribs. Ordering their specialty pizzas is the way to go here.

Review by: Richard Wolak

PACIFICO PIZZERIA

970 Smithe Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-408-0808

Web: http://www.pacificopizza.com

Advice: You can call in your order from the movie theatre and stay to watch the movie credits before picking up your pizza.

Pollo Rustica Pizza

On my way out of a movie at the Scotiabank Theater, I had my eye set on pizza and that’s what I had at Pacifico, the restaurant is located in the same complex. With the brick oven as the showcase uniquely topped pizzas are going in and out of the oven, it all looked so good and how could I make a decision. I had the delicious Pollo Rustica Pizza ($17) for a medium — grilled seasoned chicken, artichoke hearts and red onion, topped with smoked Gouda and mozzarella cheese and garnished with fresh cilantro; I took my pizza to go as I was solo and knew that I wouldn’t be able to eat the whole pizza on my own. There are many different pizzas on the menu, next time I want to try the Pacifico – Scallops, prawns, grape tomatoes, feta cheese and a touch of mozzarella on a garlic-brushed crust garnished with fresh basil. In addition to the pizzas, there is a large selection of pasta dishes, choose which pasta you would like along with one of the many vegetarian or meat sauces. This authentic Italian restaurant offers up much more, from their 8 inch whole focaccia with 3 variations of toppings, salads, soup, panino, baked pasta dishes, and chicken dishes. If you are still hungry there are a few desserts including their house specialty Bananas Doria – Bananas sautéed over a slow flame in a light crème caramel sauce. Served a la mode ($7).

Review by: Richard Wolak

NOOK

781 Denman Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-4554

Web: http://www.nookrestaurant.ca/

Advice: Good place to go with a friend so you can share.  No reservations.

Pizza special

Lasagne special

I had heard so many great things about this restaurant, that it was a must to try and try I did. I was wowed by the flavours of the toppings and the sauce on my pizza, so tantalizing bite after bite. I love the ambience, brick oven and the wonderful service. Nook has got a bit of an east coast vibe and fits in well in the neighborhood. I had their Pizza special ($14) made with provolone, roasted red pepper, roasted onion & garlic on top of such a delicious crispy crust; and my friend had the Lasagne special ($16) with pesto béchamel and served with a few wedges of garlic bread. The menu boasts a great selection of antipasto, crostini, salads, pastas and pizzas, and has a good selection of wine and beer.

Review by: Richard Wolak

LA TERRAZZA

1088 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-899-4449

Web: http://laterrazza.ca

Advice: Attend one of their winemaker dinners and have yourself a wonderful experience.

La Creazione

La Creazione

I have had some outstanding meals here including one of their winemaker dinners which was an extraordinary experience. You will find an extensive collection of wines as the owners are passionate about wine and offering the best to their customers. They have one of the most beautiful private rooms in the city, your party can dine in their own private dining room and be serviced by your own waiters. The main dining room is also well presented by comfortable chairs for dining. The menu features a wide variety of Primi such as the Mozzarella Di Bufula ($14.88) buffalo mozzarella and vine ripened tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil  and Secondi such as Manzo ($37.88) grilled AAA beef tenderloin finished in a sangiovese reduction, capponata and potato gratinato   and the Scaloppine Di Vitello ($29.88)  seared grain fed veal finished in a red wine-herb emulsion, white truffle gnocchi . End the meal with some Dolci, my favourites here include the La Creazione ($11.88)- warm white chocolate cheesecake, wrapped in layers of phyllo, topped with sour cherries and the Torta D’Amore ($11.88) – warm decadent chocolate cake, smooth lava like center, topped with vanilla bean gelato. If you prefer a set menu of courses they offer four of these ranging from $55.88 to $95.88. The décor is stunning both in the lounge and in the restaurant.

Review by: Richard Wolak

Q4

Q4 001

UPDATED 2013 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED

2611 West 4th Ave, Vancouver

Tel: 604-734-4444

Web: www.q4restaurant.com

Advice: Bring cash or credit as they don’t take debit.

Braised Short Rib and Fontina Cannelloni

Braised Short Rib and Fontina Cannelloni

I joined a group of friends for pasta night, well that wasn’t exactly the reason for going, though it did excite us all. If you visit the restaurant on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, you can enjoy a favourite plate of pasta for only $10. Even Spaghetti Quattro and Fettuccine Tartufate are on this specially priced menu listing ten pastas for $10. I had the special pasta of the evening which was Braised Short Rib and Fontina Cannelloni ($10) filled with fontina cheese, spinach, ricotta cheese and short rib in a sauce that was made with braising liquid with fontina, cream and seasoning. This special was outstanding and I hope they will add this on to their regular menu. One of my friends had the house special Spaghetti Quatro ($10) made with minced chicken, chillies and black beans.

Spaghetti Quatro

Spaghetti Quatro

You may also want to visit on a Sunday for family night, with a different value-priced pasta recipe being released from the Corsi family vault every Sunday night. Come in and sit at the bar or reserve a large table for your extended brood, either way it’s a good night to be part of la famiglia.

I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant including the tiled floors and dark woods. There is a good value to be found at this great Italian restaurant if you go early in the week, you may want to make a reservation as these nights are quite popular.

Review by: Richard Wolak

ITALIAN KITCHEN TO GO

Pizzas

Pizzas

1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Tel: 604-687-2890

Web: www.theitaliankitchen.ca
Advice: Weekdays only, take out only.

Desserts - brown sugar shortbread (front right)

Desserts - brown sugar shortbread (front right)

As much as I love Italian Kitchen and Trattoria, it took me awhile to make a visit to their ever popular, trendy Italian Kitchen to Go. IKG impromptu named is hidden away inside the Burrard building just west of Italian Kitchen where it serves cuisine that has some of the IK elements but is ever so different. The menu and the food looks all so good that it was hard to make a decision, I decided to have the Venice panini ($5.50), which fills Italian Kitchen’s legendary Kobe meatballs between slices of ciabatta, melted provolone and just enough tomato sauce to cover without making our clothes messy with tomato splatter. The lunchtime sizes of their outstanding salads are priced well and look great too. They have the beet and tomato bocconcini salads ($3.50 for small, $5.50 for large). There is a daily fresh sheet as well as varied menu of sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, salads and soups. There is also a very tempting range of desserts such as their Brown Sugar Shortbread ($4) and the tiramisu ($5.50). If I could only find parking on a regular basis, I would be eating here regularly.

Review by: Richard Wolak

LA BUCA

4025 MacDonald Street, Vancouver
Tel: 604.730.6988


Web:
http://www.labuca.ca

Twitter: @LaBuca

Advice: Make a reservation.

Pumpkin Ravioli

Pumpkin Ravioli

You can drive past La Buca and not realize you’ve just missed one of the greatest little Italian restaurants in town. Little because La Buca is nothing more than a store front dressed with fine, yet comfortable furniture and simply decorated walls. You could imaging this place to be out of the Godfather movie, yet I would rate the food and the service as exceptional.  And so would others as the place was bustling the evening we were there.

Our venture into the fine cuisine started with a well displayed list of daily specials chalked on a blackboard. As an appetizer, the Chicken Livers Sgonfiotti caught my attention. With a crisp outer shell, the delicately cooked chicken liver almost melted in my mouth. My partner and I shared this delicious appetizer as we contemplating the meal to follow.

The entrée was served and she ordered one of the daily specials: Gnocci and Chicken Cacciatore. The chefs talents shone through with this serving as the Gnocci was presented al denté and perfectly seasoned in a tangy tomato based sauce. I ordered the Spaghetti Vongoli, a succulent mix of pasta combined with fresh steamed clams (in shells) with white wine, garlic and parsley.

Other items on the menu include: Garganelli Della casa Prosciutto, basil, garlic, sun dried tomato. Stracatto di vitello, risotto al vino rosso, slow cooked veal braised overnight and served with red wine risotto and mushrooms.

Desserts include: Blueberry tart,  Cheesecake and a cheese plate of Gorgonzola with apple.
The full wine menu consisted of some great wines from italy.

La Buca is a hidden gem. Hard to find but easy to remember.

Review by: Brian Hebb


CAMPAGNOLO

Campagnolo

1020 Main St, Vancouver

Tel: 604-484-6018
Web: www.campagnolorestaurant.ca

Twitter: @Campagnolomain

Advice: Park around the back, entrance is on Main street.

I have been here for lunch and dinner and my preference is the dinner menu. The menu, crafted by Executive Chef Robert Belcham and Chef de Cuisine Alvin Pillay boasts, pizza, pasta, risotto, and seasonally inspired main courses using only the finest ingredients. My favorite dishes here are the Crispy Ceci ($8), Agnolotti ($14), Bianca pizza ($12). Campagnolo Ceci

This is simple, casual dining and authentic. Each dish is inspired by the Piedmont and Emiglia-Romagna regions of Italy, where Pillay spent six months familiarizing himself with the cuisine. Sommelier Tom Doughty’s expertly chosen wine list focuses entirely on Italian and BC selections, balanced by Italian-influenced cocktails and a solid selection of beers. The décor is cool and the lamps about each of the tables is ultra cool!

Review by: Richard Wolak

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