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Fratelli Bakery (New West)

Fratelli’s has always been one of our favourite Italian bakeries on Commercial Drive. So, when we heard that they were opening a second store front in the old Bella Cakes location, we’ve been looking for a reason to head down to Sapperton. Read the rest of this entry

Giovane Cafe – Sugar Buns and Chocolate Zeppole

After my less-than-stellar breakfast at Prestons, I was still feeling a bit unsatisfied so I decided to walk over to Giovane Café located in the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Read the rest of this entry

La Grotta Del Fromaggio – The Cave of Cheese

Located next to Fratelli Bakery on The Drive is La Grotta Del Fromaggio… or the The Cave of Cheese. Read the rest of this entry

Portobello Ristorante – 3 Course Dinner

Portobello remains one of our favourite Italian restaurants to go to in Vancouver.  Their regular menu has a lot of good items like the roast lamb and the chicken parmigiana but they also often have set menus which provide good value too.

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Oyster Bay (Las Vegas 2013)

Oyster Bay is an Italian Seafood restaurant located in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.  With the vast array of restaurants available in the area, it’s a bit unassuming with the straw awnings, wood posts, and nautical rope serving as a partition to the rest of the mall.

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Quattro (Whistler 2013) – Beef Tenderloin and Pork Rack Chop

As I mentioned previously, although being “dog friendly”, trying to dine out with your pooch really limits your options.  Because of this, most of our dining at Whistler was limited to patio or take-out options.  For our last dinner at Whistler, we were all excited about trying Thai in the Village only to find out that they were closed on that day.  We decided on Quattro instead as we enjoyed our meal at their Vancouver location. Read the rest of this entry

Anton’s Pasta Bar – Plentiful Pasta

I still remember the first time that we visited Anton’s Pasta Bar in North Burnaby.  It was a dark and cold night over 20 years ago and the line up was outside the door.  As we’ve gotten older though, the amount of time that we’re willing to wait in line for a restaurant has diminished greatly.

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The Old Spaghetti Factory (New West)

You know what?  You don’t have to wait for Dine Out to get a good deal on a set menu.  The Old Spaghetti Factory has been offering up set meals with appy (minestrone soup or green salad), sourdough bread, coffee or tea, entrée, and dessert (spumoni ice cream) for years.  Read the rest of this entry

Olive Garden (Langley) – Breadsticks!

Are you one of those people who watch Glee but pretend not to?  Yeah, me neither.  However, I have accidentally caught a glimpse of an episode where they were talking about a place called “BreadstiX” which apparently is a send-up on Olive Garden.  Read the rest of this entry

Q4 Restaurant – Dine Out Vancouver 2013

So how long has it been since we last visited Q4?  Well, the last time we were here, it was still known as Quattro on Fourth… speaking of which, it was still located on 4th at the time.  Rebranded a few years ago, Q4 is now located about 5 blocks south from the original location but it’s still serving up tasty Italian fare.

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The Old Spaghetti Factory (New West) – Date Night

Many moons ago, The Old Spaghetti Factory was the place to go to take your highschool sweetheart on a date.  Of course, at the time, there wasn’t as many options to choose from that were affordable for teenagers as there are now.  The prices at the Spaghetti Factory were (and still are) quite reasonable and includes appy, entrée, and dessert. Read the rest of this entry

Roman Ristorante – Traditional Baked Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce

We’ve been getting flyers in the mail for Roman Ristorante (located on Kingsway) for a long time but we’ve never been able to try them out.  The first time we tried coming here, they wound up being closed but we made sure we kept it in mind to try eventually.  The restaurant is pretty small – at most 7 tables and, when we stopped by for take-out one night, a bit chilly.

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