Best Formal Italian Restaurants 2011
May 1, 2011
1133 Hamilton St.
Cioppino’s (Gold) scores yet again, and for good reason. Chef/proprietor Pino Posteraro creates “deceptively simple, focused, and precise” dishes that honour tradition while subtly pushing boundaries. “Splendid service, an inspired wine list, and spectacular bright flavours—prepared with a confident hand—make this one of the best Italian rooms you’ll find anywhere.” CinCin (Silver) offers “quality dishes (and especially unforgettable desserts) in a vivid, buzzy room that appeals to visitors and locals alike,” while Il Giardino (Bronze) is “a perfect place to impress your clients—and your appetite.” Honourable Mentions to La Terrazza and Q4.
Finalists for Best Formal Italian
1154 Robson St.
1382 Hornby St.
2611 W. Fourth Ave.
1088 Cambie St.