1850 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Advice: The room is noisy all the time, waits can be awhile at peak times, the wait is worth it.
This is one of my favourite restaurants, centrally located in Kitsilano. The menu is traditional Italian comfort food and it is fairly casual at least more casual then the sister restaurant downtown. I eat here often for both lunch and dinner and have sampled almost every dish on the menu, my favorites include: Chickpea Bruschetta ($5) with Chick Peas, Roasted Garlic, Italian Parsley; Organic Beet salad ($10) with Arugula, okanagan goat cheese, shallot vinaigrette; Quattro Formaggio “Bianco” Pizza ($13) caciocavallo, fontina, asiago, mozzarella; Spaghetti and Kobe Meatballs ($15) spicy tomato basil sauce, herbed ricotta; Linguine with Tiger Prawns ($15), capers, roasted tomato, aglio olio, oregano; For dessert I have a few favorites as well, Gelato con Vanglia e Cannelle ($7) with braised apples, amarena cherries, chocolate biscotti; Zeppole al Cioccolato ($7) home made fritters, vanilla anglaise.
The interior of the restaurant is a bit dark, but the room works well. A lounge beckons off to the side for you to enjoy appetizers or a glass while you sip waiting for a table. Bar seating has a direct view to the kitchen and is a good place when dining solo. Elevated communal tables for you to get to know your neighbours and listen in on conversations. If you are looking for quiet while you eat, then ask for a table on their glorious patio out front.
The pizza is the best in town, and they have a good selection on the menu. There is a well designed wine list with a large selection from Italy as well as from California and BC. If you prefer a cocktail over wine, then choose from one of the house specialties that includes Viola with Prosecco, Alize and Chambord.
Review by: Richard Wolak