2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Advice: Located in the 5th Avenue Cinema complex. One hour free parking in the underground parking garage.
I am so there when it comes to eating at a new Italian resto, I had dinner recently with my friend and fellow writer Sarah Rowland to do some damage. Our version of damage was to taste our way through several dishes off the menu, since we were both lovers of Italian cuisine.
To begin, we shared the tasty Burrata ($13) with olive oil, sea salt and balsamic; followed by the Sicilian Meat Balls ($8) currants, pine nuts, regianno, marinara.
Next we shared the Mushroom Pizza ($17) truffled mushrooms and fontina with a tomato sauce base along with the Verdura Cotta Pizza ($16) goat cheese, onions, artichokes, roasted peppers, fior de latte with an olive oil base. Their pizza here is Napoletana style which follows the standards for this style of pizza with the ingredients used as well as the correct type of oven and cooking methods.
Next we shared the Gnocchi ($18) pan fried in sage butter with mushrooms; along with the flavourful Sausage Orecchiette ($18) with home-made sausage and fennel pollen.
For me dessert is always the best part of a meal, and the Nutella Calzone ($10) is a crispy pizza dough that is filled with a warm Nutella and hazelnuts mixture, this dessert that Sarah and I shared was heavenly. So, so good it should be on the menu, it is not on the printed menu, if you want it just ask your server and they will make it especially for you. The second dessert that we shared was the delicious Tiramisu ($10) which was good, but it was the dessert that wasn’t on the menu that as had me wanting to return for more!
Review by: Richard Wolak