It was a windy day in Victoria when i happened to walk by Il Terrazzo. I'd heard that they had a lovely patio so i peeped in and immediately yearned to be sitting in front of one of their four outdoor fireplaces. By far, this restaurant has one of the coziest patios you could find. We made reservations to return for dinner later that evening which was a good idea because the waiting area was packed at 8:30.
The menu selection was just okay - it really needs to shed the italian family restaurant vibe to reach the level of fine dining. They should start off with honing the items down and then getting someone to design more sophisticated looking menus. It's painful to be charged $30 an entree by Size 12 Arial Font.
Also they need more nice touches to the service like offering freshly grated parmesan. At most we got an affable bus boy offering us grated pepper. But aren't the waiters supposed to do that?
The meal started off with a portobello salad which was decent. I really needed to be impressed with the portobello - they're such big yummy fellows. But disappointly the greens completely took over the dish - i thought they had brought the wrong plate to me. My companion raved over his grilled halibut with blackberry sauce over 3 cheese penne. The fish was cooked perfectly however we bother agreed that the blackberries were a pretentious touch. My grilled tiger prawns were also delicious in a light buttery sauce.
Overall, we found the food yummy but a bit too expensive for the level of quality and sophistication. I wasn't completely happy with the service. Our wine took a while to come, perhaps they assumed we'd want it with the main meal. Also the waiter never came by to ask us how are meal was. He just appeared in the beginning and the end.
But not to end on a sour note, there is a great vibe to the place and maybe it's bc the people there are a lot like the menu - an eclectic mix of down-to-earth with sophistication.