Thursday evening, party of four. An amazing, classic, traditional, right out of the movies evening. It was a special treat. To be alive, in Vancouver, in the rain, at this great restaurant.
I've spend most of my life in Vancouver, am aware of Umberto's adventures. Don't know exactly but hasn't this place been going for 30+ years? It's fresh as ever. Decor, ambiance, tables, wood finishes, food, service, maybe he's taken this long to make it perfect. I don't know, I'm not in the restaurant business but he has my respect.
Wine selection, vast, impressive. Inexpensive and up. Staff, well selected and trained. Comfortable people who know their business and make you feel at home.
The valet, umbrella in hand got us into the restaurant dry. I tried to tell him about my car's security, - he just shooshed me along. "I've been doing this for 25 yrs" he said, "don't you worry, enjoy your dinner." Cool. I loved it. People bring greatness to their work, doesn't matter what the work is.
Cannelloni, pheasant, I can't remember the other dishes, but all exceptional.Portions, flavor, you're in good hands start to finish. The evening just flowed.
I expected out bill to be more, but in the end, it was still less than Seasons in the Park, - which is also a great restaurant.
Il Giardino, - a predictable, reliable, first class dining experience. Classic. Beautiful.
Thank you Umberto