As always, Urban Diner had the scoop back in May that a new upscale trattoria – La Quercia – was set to open at 3689 West 4th (@ Alma). And then again earlier this month that the website is up and has a menu posted. And yesterday a video of the pre-opening dinner he attended. Looks like they will be open for business very soon. The website looks beautiful and the menu promising.
Pastas, of which there were eleven, surprised the most. At the original Italian Kitchen downtown, I’ve found the pastas to be inconsistent. I sent one back once, something I’d never done before (I forget the reason, but not the disappointment – like jumping into a pool only to find it empty). Here, they nail al dente, and the sauces are refreshingly uncomplicated. A chef I once worked for used to say, “Italian food is the simplest expression of the fewest ingredients.” They seem to understand that here, capturing reasonable facsimiles of Mama-esque authenticity.
Together, these two new West 4th trattorias nicely bookend Kitsilano, and I can’t wait to try them both. Although realistically it may be a while…
Last modified: August 17, 2010