Italian Kitchen is one of the last few Glowbal Group restaurants that MePlusFood hasn’t been to yet. We just need to go to Coast and the newly opened Black and Blue. This is the more expensive version of their other Italian restaurant, Trattoria, on West 4th, with Pastas ranging from about $16 – 25.
When I saw the menu, there were quite a few things that I wanted to try. However, we settled on trying the Pasta Platter, to try to taste as much as we can, without spending tons of money. Our platter came with – (their famous) Spaghetti and spicy Kobe Meatballs with Truffle Cream, Braised Veal Cannelloni with Wild Mushroom Cream, Pappardelle with Lamb Sausage, Cabbage Potatoes, and Rigatoni Pomodoro.
Everyone that I know loves the Kobe meatballs at Glowbal Grill, but I’ve never actually tried a lot of it. My brother orders it almost every time he goes to Glowbal, and so does one of our other friends. They also serve the Rigatoni Pomodoro at Glowbal as well. Anyway, I definitely wasn’t disappointed with the Kobe Meatballs and Spaghetti. Meatballs were large, meaty, and airy. There was definitely some spice to it, but I wouldn’t call it spicy. I think the Spaghetti was amazing though. The truffle cream is to die for and is one of the best sauces I’ve ever tasted. It does come with a high price tag though, as it’s $25, the most expensive pasta on the menu. This was definitely my favourite.
My next favourite was the Pappardelle with Lamb Sausage. The pasta was wide, and cooked right to al dente. I really liked the sauce and enjoyed the lamb sausage. The noodles were cooked perfectly. Beipas really liked this pasta and sauce, but wasn’t a big fan of the lamb sausage. She’s not a big fan of lamb though. The Rigatoni Pomodoro was next. It’s basically just rigatoni with a simple tomato and basil sauce. I though the rigatoni could have been cooked a tiny bit longer, because it was still a bit firmer than I like. The tomato sauce was delicious and comforting. My least favourite was the Braised Veal Canenelloni. It was like pulled veal with mushroom cream sauce wrapped in a pasta sheet. The veal didn’t have enough flavour for me, and the mushroom cream didn’t add much to it. I prefer my cannelloni to be cheesier with lots of ricotta and spinach.
Sorry for the lack of quality pictures. It was so dark in there, my camera couldn’t even focus, so we were manual focussing in the dark. I probably should have turned my auto focus assist lamp on, but didn’t want to ruin the mood inside the restaurant. Our service was really good too. Next time there are a few appetizers that I want to try, especially the bone marrow beef tartare!
1037 Alberni St