Best New Restaurant 2010

June 2, 2010

Gold: Campagnolo

Silver: Maenam
Bronze: Market
Honourable Mention: db Bistro Moderne / Lumière
Honourable Mention: L’Altro Buca

In a year that brought Vancouver diners a wide range of excellent new rooms—from Angus An’s Maenam (Silver) and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Market (Bronze) to Honourable Mentions db Bistro Moderne and L’Altro Buca—our judges singled out Campagnolo (Gold) for bringing food that “thrills the palate without breaking the bank” to “an underserved neighbourhood that’s being revolutionized, with Robert Belcham, Tom Doughty, and Tim Pittman leading the way.” “The menu of rustic fare finds inspiration in Italy’s Piedmont and Emiglia-Romagna regions, accented by house-cured charcuterie,” said one judge. “If I ate nothing else for the rest of my life, I could easily live on a diet of crispy ceci with peperoncini, mint, and citrus, tagliarini with pork ragu, and olive oil cake with spice-roasted pears and cinnamon cream.” “It’s a truly original room,” said another. “Affordably chic, with a slightly hipsterish vibe, a farmers’ market almost on its doorstep, and a neighbourhood pricing philosophy.”

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