During the Vancouver Dine-Out Event in February of 2004, I relished at the opportunity of visiting one of Vancouver's highly-regarded New-World Itallian Restaurants - CinCin. I mean, this place was frequented by Hollywood stars such as Al Pacino and Goldie Hawn! Indeed, the color scheme, tiles, walls, and decor of the restaurant spoke of the Mediterranean when I walked in.
Going for the dine-out menu, I had with the 'Vitello Tonnato' appetizer . To be honest, this was the first time I've ever tried Veal in its cold form...and to a certain extent, I was repulsed by its gamey taste. The tonnato sauce was good; however, I found myself trying real hard to enjoy the rest of the dish. Next up, for the main dish, I had the Crispy Duck leg confit with braised cabbage. Pretty good - the only problem is, there wasn't enough duck leg to make this satisfying as a main course in a 3 course meal. And to save the best for last, I had their delicous Tira Misu. I've never had something quite like it - truly tasty but not too sweet.
I must also make note of the server we had. He was very eager to help, perhaps a BIT TOO eager. He literally came to our table and asked if everything was fine in 7 minute intervals. I was also annoyned when the blonde restaurant manager came by to our table to announce: "And next, we're going to haaaaave dessssssert!" like if me and my date were 11 year olds who were dining at a fine dining establish for the first time in our lives.
Otherwise, the visit to CinCin was worthwhile...but its not the sort of place that regular folks would go to regularly for Italian food. There are MANY good Itallian restaurants in Vancouver that serve far more Authentic fare. If you want to sit where Al Pacino may have sit in one of his visits to eat and feel trendy, then this place is for you.