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Osteria Savio Volpe: One Smart Fox Indeed

By |February 15th, 2016|

Any menu that leaves you wishing you could just order the whole thing is a sign that something good’s afoot.

Amici Miei, a Flavour-packed Family Italian

By |February 23rd, 2015|

Amici Miei owners Marcella and Manrico I love it when I discover new little places with a whole lot of heart. There’s no question that’s the case at Amici Miei Cucina Italiana (1114 Denman St. 604-563-6610), in Vancouver’s West End. Owners Manrico Serpente  and Marcella Gentile told me they came to Vancouver last [...]

Bufala: Local Boy Brings it Home

By |October 10th, 2014|

Wicked Margherita with herbed and spicy oils to match Bufala has landed on the West Side with a bang! A few years back, when I referred to Kerrisdale as a ‘culinary backwater’ the comment was removed by a sensitive editor. But the fact is that, for many years, the explosion of culinary culture [...]

Il Giardino to Re-Open: Umberto Menghi’s Iconic Room to Rise Again

By |January 30th, 2014|

Il Giardino, Umberto’s much lamented restaurant, which he closed last spring to make way for redevelopment, may well resurface just up the street. It appears that once Umberto realised just how much Il Giardino really meant to people he wasted little time in seeking out a new home for his flagship, long running room. I’ve [...]

Siena: Vancouver’s South Granville Enjoys a New Rising Star

By |November 26th, 2013|

  UPDATED, April 16, 2017. Change of ownership. UPDATED, NOV 26TH, 2013... Siena Offers Granville Shoppers 15% Off! (from the release) Siena Restaurant is getting in the holiday spirit by rewarding South Granville merchant shoppers with a 15% discount when they show a purchase receipt. Step outside the mall and take a walk down South [...]

Les Dames Bid Addio to Umberto Menghi at Star Studded Soirée

By |April 2nd, 2013|

The BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier announces An Evening in Tuscany to Celebrate Umberto Menghi  When: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 6pm Reception / 7pm Dinner Where: Hosted by Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter and Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver Tickets from Eventbrite Details from Les Dames d'Escoffier... Following the long table format, a beautifully decorated Italian inspired [...]

Umberto Menghi to Close Celebrated Il Giardino After 37 Years

By |April 2nd, 2013|

A cosy corner and bastion of good taste for Vancouver's movers and shakers. Image supplied. UPDATED, April 2: If you couldn't get into Il Giardino before it closes (and even if you could), here's a great way to say 'Thank You' to Umberto for all he's done for Vancouver over the years. BC's Les [...]

Great First Tastes at La Pentola della Quercia, in Vancouver’s Opus Hotel

By |October 11th, 2012|

Minestrone: a steaming bowl of seasonally appropriate goodness, TP photo We’re always intrigued when a leading hotel decides to work with a celebrated restaurant–as opposed to running its own in-house operation. We watched with interest over the last couple of years the machinations surrounding the pop-ups at Opus Hotel, which were often entertaining [...]

Pop! Goes Prosecco

By |October 22nd, 2011|

From the ‘everything old is new again’ department comes this nifty little (200 ml.) bottle of Prosecco that has us thinking back a decade, to when Pommery Champagne launched Pop!—the cute mini-bottle that came complete with a straw, so you could look really trendy. (Of course the fact that sucking bubble through a [...]

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