Trattoria Italian Kitchen Review

We dined at Trattoria about a month ago, (yes it has taking us a while to post!) with a few friends & family members after a very intimate marriage ceremony of our close friends.  The bride and groom wanted to have dinner after their beautiful ceremony to celebrate at a restaurant nearby.  We suggested Trattoria, as we always found the food consistently good for a 4th Ave restaurant in Kitsilano.

Trattoria Italian Kitchen is part of the Glowbal Restaurant Group in Vancouver and is located on 4th Ave, near Burrard.

Since it was Dine Out 2010, I had to order from the Dine Out menu! Three courses for $28 per person, was a great value.

Our server Allan was amazing 🙂 After he heard our friends had just gotten married, he brought us a complimentary bottle of champagne to commemorate the momentous occasion! His laid-back and welcoming attitude, along with attentive service made for a memorable evening.

As a starter, I chose the Farro Soup with wild forest mushrooms, porcini brodo and mussels. It had a very light and tasty broth and the mussels were cooked perfectly.

Pasta Platter ($15 per person): spaghetti and kobe meatballs with tomato fonduta, penne pomodoro, gnocchi pesto and lasagna (kobe beef, ricotta, spinach, fresh herbs). The bride and groom adored the platter and even mentioned that it was the best pasta they’ve ever eaten in Vancouver!

Pan seared halibut main with fried potato gnocchi, grilled zucchini, roasted garlic aglio olio. I wasn’t a fan of this gnocchi and it was overly glutenous and had a ‘gummy’ consistency with zero flavor. The halibut however had a nice crust and was moist and flaky.  I would have like more vegetables on the plate.

The special of the day included deep fried prawns, cod, and oysters with dipping sauces.  It was a huge portion and we could barely finish the platter. Crispy on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside – what more could you ask for from deep-fried food?!

Spaghetti & Kobe meatballs with spicy tomato basil sauce and herbed ricotta ($15). Again, a very ample portion to fill anyone’s appetite. The spaghetti had just the right amount of sauce not to overpower the noodles.  Is it real Kobe beef? I doubt it, but the meatballs were juicy on the inside and perfectly cooked throughout.

The two of us shared a light, fluffy and creamy Tiramisu (mascarpone mousse espresso soaked lady fingers, mocha creme anglaise) dessert. The savoiardi were soaked just enough that they retained a bit of sponginess. It was divine! There was a piece of biscotti which I felt they had put there to fill the plate, and was unnecessary.

The food was slow to come out, probably because the restaurant was quite busy and the Canucks were playing that night! Also, we were in no rush as we wanted to prolong the special occasion.

Trattoria Italian Kitchen’s atmosphere is lively and unpretentious. It’s the kind of place you can get dressed-up for, or dress-down and feel equally comfortable wearing either attire. Check out their cocktail menu, it will not disappoint.

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