It’s not often that I get to visit a new restaurant shortly after it opens but last week I was lucky to visit Kitsilano’s newest Italian restaurant – La Quercia. Other than the fact that it was the hottest evening of the summer and they didn’t have air conditioning, we left very, very happy.
I was going to write something up here sooner but after seeing my favorite foodie sit down a couple tables away, I figured I’d wait for him to fill in the blanks. Turns out it was Urban Diner editor Andrew Morrison’s second night in a row – I suspect that when he doesn’t like a restaurant on visit #1, he doesn’t do back-to-backs. Morrison and I sampled the Taglionlini Bolognese and were both impressed:
I began with another pasta, a taglionlini Bolognese ($12 for half; $17 for full). This dish had changed for the better from when I tasted it on that unofficial first night, when the ragu was nowhere near as rich and meaty. Chef Pino Posteraro’s version at Cioppino’s is still the best in my book, but La Quercia’s is a close second.
Now, I’ve never been to Cioppino’s, so La Quercia’s Bolognese is the “Best in my Book”. Be sure to read Morrison’s complete review over at the WestEnder.
Last modified: August 17, 2010