Before the Drake concert, I was craving pasta. I gave my friend’s two options – Italian Kitchen, or Yaletown L’antipasto (which one of my friend’s is a regular at and raves about it). Luckily they chose Yaletown L’antipasto because it’s pretty close to Rogers Arena.Sadly, the place was completely empty when we arrived, and actually stayed quite empty except for about 2-3 tables when we left. Although it was quite cold out, we gladly sat out in their heated/covered patio.
We ordered the Burrata to start, which came a bit different than I expected. I’m used to a large chunk of fresh mozzarella, but this one came already sliced and presented with tomatoes, and basil. The cheese was creamy, yet mild, and served with a really nice crisp buttered toast.
For my main I chose the Pappardelle Rosse which comes with thicker egg noodles, with tomato sauce, braised short rib, beef tenderloin, chicken breast, and Italian fennel sausage. A good mix of meats. However, I found most of my meats to be a bit tough. I wasn’t able to find very much super tender short rib. The sauce was just ok too.
I definitely liked the special that my friend ordered which was Fettuccine with an awesome creamy mushroom sauce with peas and Italian Sausage. Very rich, with a strong mushroom taste. The pasta was perfectly cooked, and the sauce was just delicious. My other friend ordered the Spaghetti allo scoglio which she really liked, but I think overall consensus was that the special of the day was the best one.
We also ordered each of the three desserts – Tirimisu, Lavender Creme Brulee, and the Panna cotta. Our favourites were the Tirimisu and Panna cotta. Though, the panna cotta was only good as the first bite, because the other two just over power it. On it’s own I’d say the panna cotta was my favourite because it was so creamy and light, with just the right amount of sweetness, with nice slightly tangy fruit coulis. Best panna cotta I’ve had for sure. The tirimisu was delicious too with coffee, and a rich mascarpone. The lavendar creme brulee was torched nicely, and had a nice crisp topping, but we just didn’t like the lavendar flavour with the custard.
Overall, my friends loved the dinner and liked all of their dishes. They said it’s one of the better dinner’s we’ve had together.