I really wanted to like this place. I really like trattoria kitchen in kits which is owned by the same group and is supposedly supposed to be very similar to italian kitchen at lower prices. I also wanted to like it because some people I had talked to at work said they thought it was too loud - which usually I don't mind as long as there is a good vibe.
This however was not a good vibe at all. There was a table of 8 guys behind us seemingly trying to out-yell the other with awesome stories about search warrants and trashy girls. It probably would have been ok without that particular table, but even the wait staff were fake and not very prompt.
The food was fine - honestly no better than trattoria kitchen which is about 1/3 the price.
Ambience was also fine. I'm being generous here given the annoying table of d-bags behind us, but I'll pretend they were there. I also don't get the layout. It's a really warm and inviting space but then you have these massive windows facing alberni street which really isn't much to look at.
The service was fine but no better than an earls or other chain.
Due to the fact its sister restaurant serves the same food at 1/2 to 1/3 the price, value MUST be a 1.
Really disappointing due to the fact trattoria kitchen is really solid. If the prices were equal I'd still go to trattoria kitchen any day, but because they aren't I'll probably never return to italian kitchen if I'm paying.