Trattoria Italian Kitchen offers casual Italian dining and a focus on sharing. The menu steps up traditional trattoria style cuisine and features hand stretched pizzas, savoury bruschetta, delectable antipasto, pasta and meat platters, fresh fish and familiar Italian staple items like Veal Piccata and Tiramisu with an aim to keep most of our menu items at $15 or less.
My wife and I were walking by around lunch time and looked at the menu outside, when we saw they had a mozzarella bar we went in.. nice place. The mozza bar wasn't on the lunch menu but we wanted to try it so they let us order it, we had the Mozzarella Tasting: burrata, bufala & fior di latte - $16.95. It was awesome. She ordered the Caprese - vine ripened tomatoes, basil, olive oil, sea salt $12.95 with a choice of burrata, bufala or fior di latte and 2 meat balls and a sausage. She loved the salad and the meatballs reminded her of family cooking growing up. I ordered the Spaghetti & Kobe Meatballs spicy tomato basil sauce, herbed ricotta - $16.95. It was good but I would order another dish next time. Dessert, she had the Panna Cotta - $7.95 and thought it was great. I had the trio di sorbetti - $6.95 and it was supposed to be 3 flavours (raspberry, blackberry, lemon) but instead they gave me 3 scoops of 1 lemon and 2 raspberry.
A glass of wine and a mojito and we are looking at a $100 lunch.
Overall this is a nice restaurant with friendly staff. The mozzarella bar is great, the spaghetti is ok, I would return if I was walking down west 4th Ave and was hungry but that's about it. My wife would return to try the diner menu if she was in the area she said so maybe I will be back..
Went here with a girlfriend for lunch. We weren't greeted by anyone so we asked the bartender if we could sit on the patio, after seating ourselves;which was fine we were given menus by our server. Everything looked pretty tasty so I decided to get the appy trio and my friend ordered the soup, potatoes and a salad.
My trio was okay, the bread was overly toasted which made it super crunchy; it tasted fine but I didn't finish it. Pretty bland overall, the bread needed a bit of salt and the mushrooms needed more basil. Before ordering I asked a few questions regarding the menu; ie italian dishes that I wasn't sure what they were- our server didn't know the answers to my question so he went and asked the kitchen- twice. After we finshed we asked for the bill and I gave him my credit card; he had some friends on the other side of the patio and I guess forgot that we had my credit card to swipe; I couldnt be bothered to wait so I walked up to him and his group of friends and asked him if he can quit talking and give me my card. He was obviously annoyed/embarrased but I clearly didn't care. In any event; the whole thing didn't bother me, he was obviosly a 'new' server; most places go through a few rounds of staff until they find their permanent people.
I found that the ambiance was great, the food good value -$15 for light lunch and a glass of wine - service crap but the guy was crap- I'll go back for dinner one of these days if I remember.
Went on a weekend and by 7pm, only seats available were outside. Not bad as it was heated. Tried the calamari which was very good as well as the brusheta. Ordered the chicken and it was quite large, 1/2 chicken for a reasonable price. A 1/2 order of pasta as well which was very good. Service was great. Value was good but the mains came a la carte. Overall would return, good atmosphere.
Came here with hubby and brother-in-law for dinner.
Brother-in-law bought the wine and we bought dinner. We got the better end of the deal. Wine mark ups are very high.
This is a very noisy restaurant. You have to shout at your table companions in order to communicate. Not a pleasant way to spend time with friends and family if you want to visit.
The food was decent. Meat and fish dishes do not come with vegetables or pasta so you have to pay extra if you want vegetables or pasta. The prices are quite reasonable for the entrees though so this is really not a big issue. The food was very tasty and reasonable portion sizes.
I agree with the comment about the fritters. They are very small and I think tim bits are better tasting.
Dinner was $89.00 for 3 before tip.
I would return if I didn't want to talk to my table companions. Otherwise I prefer a more subdued atmosphere.
A group of friends and i have eaten at Trattoria a couple of times. Each time though, i am always suprised at the expense of the bill versus the food and service.
We ordered the pasta share plates, salad and dessert - came to average $50 per person, excluding wine.
There is variety on the share plates, and the pasta is cooked well, tastes good but the portions are small. To finish off our meal, we ordered the chocolate fritters. They were a disappointment, they were not fritters at all but heavy doughnut golf ball sized ŵith a bit of dark chocolate.
On each occasion, the staff have never failed to suprise me with their attitude. There is no harm in smiling, being friendly or in fact, just doing your job.
The restaurant is well laid out, open plan kitchen, very dark and the music is so loud you have to practically shout to talk.
Is the food good - yes. Top ten italian in Vancouver - no. Value for money - no Service - big miss
For a restaurant that tries to keep dishes affordable this place does an ok job.
Lets get real: you can make a lot of profit off of mediocre pizza and pasta. Flour is cheap.
They treat the place as though it is fancier than it is which is possibly part of why it is so popular. Thats not a bad thing. They have a dress code.
Got the chickpea "bruscetta" and it was pretty crappy. Definitely.
Also got a cheese pizza that was pretty sloppy and tasted like I coulda made it at home. I much prefer the pizza at rocky mountain or Nat's etc.
My friend got the kobe lasagna which looked good and she said she liked it.
All in all its not a bad place to go have some drinks and some cheap(ish) ok food. I wasn't expecting much from a dressed up chain restaurant and so wasn't terribly disappointed- though I think the pizza could have been a lot better.
It's popularity is owed to its ambiance and affordability, not to its outstanding food quality.
Gave Trattoria Kitchen another try the other night and I must say this time they get a thumbs up. My dining partners and I decided to go for the pasta.
We began our meals with a very delicious beef carpaccio, incredible. Very flavorful. After the carpaccio we were treated to three big kobe meatballs on the house. A very nice touch.
Our main courses arrived in good time. I had the lasagna, a huge portion and very tasty although it would of been nicer had it been warmer. My dining partners enjoyed their spaghetti with kobe meatballs and hand rolled gnocchi in a basil pesto pecorino sauce. Both really enjoyed their respective dishes.
It was a Friday night around 6:30pm so it was busy. We waited in the little waiting area for about 40 minutes enjoying a glass of wine. For me that is a reasonable wait on a busy night for a popular dining spot. A woman waiting next to us for a table for two was quite put off with the wait time and expressed this to the staff, she had been waiting for about twenty minutes. If you must absolutely eat in record time I suggest you should really opt for a stop by a McDonalds drive through. Be reasonable.
Had we stuck with just our meals and not ordered the two bottles of wine with dinner our wallets would of come out in good shape.
Wow, what a mark up on vino. Example, a bottle Evolution #9 from Portland, Oregon is $80.00 at Trattoria Kitchen. It is $25.00 at the liquor store. That is a ridiculous mark up to me but that is where all restaurants really make their money.
Overall I was quite happy with this second visit. Our server was pleasant and prompt. Now looking forward to visit number three.
My girlfriend and I checked out this place two months back with another couple. I'm a little mixed on my experience here. First off, the place was packed on a Friday night and it took about 1.5hrs for us to get a table.
Food - The food was pretty good. Prices were fairly cheap, but then again, the portions were small as well. I ordered their house special pasta, which was excellent, but it was a small portion so it left me still a bit hungry after my meal.
Service - Our server was very friendly, but the place was very busy so the service was lacking. Food wait was lengthy, and drink service was slow.
Ambiance - Best part of the experience. Great patio and ideal location in Kits. I had a great time, but I think it was due to the people I was with, and not the food or this particular restaurant.
Went here sat night for my friend's birthday and had an excellent time!
Our servers (there were two) were tons of fun: great sense of humour, attentive, prompt, responsive, made excellent recommendations. No complaints there at all. My friend's drink was made with the wrong water--no problem, they took it right back and exchanged her vodka soda for the (ordered) vodka tonic. No arguments, no problem.
Food was delicious!! Those Kobe beef meatballs are divine. Appy platter was a great way to start the meal--we ordered a platter for two and shared it between 5 for pickings with cocktails. Italian-style tapas: perfection.
After falling in love with those meatballs, most of had the spaghetti and meatballs topped with ricotta cheese. Mmm. I had the lamb shank cooked in barollo with a side of arugula and peccorino cheese, which was divine. The food was very fresh and very tasty. Not authentically Italian, but nowhere do they make such a claim.
I found the food to be well-priced: most entrees are about $16 including side-order, which isn't bad for Kits. Portions were generous. Cocktails were around $6-8, so not bad. The wines were obscene: $70 for a bottle that costs $25 from the winery is too much of an upcharge.
The restaurant has learned from the unfortunate purse-grabbing incident described below: one of the staff came around and told us about what happened and graciously recommended moving our bags off the backs of our chairs, which was very much appreciated.
Ambiance is busy! I like the decor and the seating, round tables, and dark colours. The metallic red wall at the back reminds me of the Studio 54 disco era. I found it distracting but most people thought it was cool. If I was looking for a romantic meal, I'd insist on sitting at the front of the restaurant rather than the back.
My friends planned a girls night out and chose Trattoria because of positive prior visits. They knew reservations are not accepted (so stupid) so they went early to wait for a table. The total wait was about 75 minutes. Everyone in your party must be present before they will seat you, which can be challenging given the scarcity of parking in Kits.
The restaurant is very loud so be prepared to speak loudly/yell throughout the dinner. I ordered a sparkling cocktail and it was quite tasty, but could have used more sparkling wine. Three of us order the bruschetta sampler to start, two girls shared the mushroom bruschetta, and one girl had a salad. The brushetta was decent with the chick pea topping being the favourite, followed by the mushroom, then tomato. It was very doughy and the tomatoes did not stay on the dough. I don't taste much seasoning on the tomato portion so it was just bread and tomato, which was kind of boring.
I ordered the kobe meatballs and spaghetti for my entree. It comes with 3 large meatballs and a small serving of spaghetti. I really liked the meatballs; they were juicy, tasty, and better than the kobe meatballs at Glowbal, which is odd as they are related restaurants. The spaghetti was just ok; the sauce wasn't flavourful enough. I didn't care for the ricotta cheese that accompanied the spaghetti so I just put it on the side.
For dessert, I shared the fritters with a friend. The friends are essentially chocolate filled timbits, but tastier. They are slightly overpriced for the number of fritters you get.
Overall, the food was good with the entrees offering the best value.
The service was bad. I would describe the waitress as superficially attentive. With both the appetizers and the entrees she asked us how the food was right after we were served. We didn't even get an opportunity to pick up any cutlery before she asked us. How can we possibly know if the food is good if we haven't tried it yet! She never asked if we wanted to order more drinks and she only refilled the water once, near the end of the meal.
I don't think she was properly informed about the dessert feature as she described it as white chocolate mousse with balsamic soaked strawberries. It was actually three thick crepe-like wraps filled with something runnier looking that mousse and balsamic soaked strawberries. My friend ordered the dessert feature, was given a long spoon, and then presented with a dish that clearly needed a fork. We sent the dessert back.
I'd go here again for the meatballs, but only on a weekday night to avoid the wait.
I thought the food was very good. had lamb shank and shared 3 sides: parmesan risotto, grill vegetables and roasted potatoes.
Two qualms here:
1. we waited about 45 minutes for a seat which isn't the end of the world because we had drinks by the bar, BUT a group of four who came after us got seated first. I understand this is because a table for four came up, but it looks bad given the fact we were waiting 20 minutes longer than them.
2. our server wasn't particularily friendly, but did make good suggestions on the good.
My only complaint is the fact the meat comes by itself and any sides you want must be ordered separately. That said, our lamb shanks were only $14 and we shared 3 sides at $6 each...total per person was about $25-30 which was reasonable. 2 sides are actually enough for 2 people which would make it about $20/person which is quite reasonable.
It is loud, but we didn't mind. Found it a nice place to be on a Saturday night. If you're going for a romantic dinner, you need to spend a few more bucks and go to that type of place. For what it is, its great especially on a weekend night.
My wife and here for dinner, it was one of the few times we went out without our 2 year old son, so going out on a romantic dinner is done with a certain degree of appreciation. Trattoria is one of those places you hear about, and think I have to try, and so we did.
We sat outside because it was full (despite the Vancouver Canucks game), the service overall was good and prompt. I had the carbonnara and my wife had the spaghetti and meatballs, both were good, solid dishes.
And that was that - i guess when you go to a well known place like Trattoria you expect more, especially with higher than average prices, but what you get is decent food, good service and a larger bill than usual. Nothing really stood out for me.
Went here for my wife's birthday (she wanted Italian, it was close). The one thing I will say for them is that they were able to seat us quickly, but only because they had a big table free for about 90 minutes (there were tons of people waiting in pairs or fours).
Our server was borderline hostile. I did not get the attitude as we were friendly, ordered drinks and appetizers right away, and didn't ask for any explanations or substitutions. Just your garden variety guests, but he was terse at best and cold, offering no hello, no rundown of the specials. Never said "pardon me" when he couldn't hear us over the extremely obnoxiously loud music, just a "WHAT?" until he got the gist. Get over yourself, you're a waiter.
The drinks were overpriced but the limoncello pitcher dealie was good. Food was OK. I hate a la carte, since the entree costs the same with or without it no matter where you go, but it's never that much better. So I ordered the veal and the potatoes on the side, and the potatoes were lukewarm and undercooked, while my veal had this nasty vinegary sauce all over it and some of those "field greens" that look like weeds on the side.
Almost everybody else ordered the Kobe meatballs. They tasted OK but my goodness the portions are small. I know Italian people - small portions are not in the vocabulary. Anyway, we hightailed it out of there, but only after waiting ten odd minutes for the bill after our plates were cleared. What does it take to get your bill, or at least to get offered your bill in a timely manner? When plates are cleared the server should be right there asking for dessert orders, if none, then offer the bill.
I didn't tip the guy. I don't tip jerks. And I'll never be back.
Again, I say again: the chain restaurants (earls, Moxies, Cactus Club) do a far, far better job of treating you like you're a customer, for a lower price and better quality food (including pastas) served hot and fast. Why do I keep throwing away my money on these snobby Kitsilano wannabe nouveau-riche dives?
this restaurant is incredibly middle-of-the-road, with so so service, but that alone makes it incredible by kitsilano standards. (with the exception of bishops, the afghan horseman, and sushi bar) We had the three cheese pizza, the bread salad, and some sort of pasta. Everything was just OK. The pizza was thick, and almost hard to eat. The service was more then a little overbearing, these girls don't know how to upsell without acting like used car salesmen!
Went to Trattoria for dineout 2010 last night. It was a great experience. I ordered the pan seared halibut with fried gnocchi. It was so good. I was never a big fan of gnocchi, i find them too mushy. However the the gnocchi i had last night was out of this world. it was a bit crispy on the outside yet quite chewy on the inside. Moreover, the gnocchi didn't taste bland, thats a big plus! The halibut was seared to perfection thought i do prefer a big more salt for seasoning. We also tried out the Kobe beef meatballs as a side dish after a friend recommend. It was good. It's very tender though im not a fan of beef. The Tiramisu dessert was also very well executed, It was not too sweet and i loved the fact the rum flavour didn't over powered the creamy cheese taste. Well Done!
When my partner and I need to eat something Italian, it can be at the worst time - not dressed for the Big Night Out, last minute decision, carbo craving etc. Rarely do we plan for it, or make reservations.
Italian Kitchen works perfect for people like us that want different things and a selection of tastes. You can order these nice small portions of pasta, a little plate of veal, a salad, or whatever in the quantity you want without having to order a single "meal". It is priced right for the offer.
Ok, it is different from most other Italian carbo load places - but for a good reason. Can't be all things to all people.
The subject of LOUD keeps coming up. Well there is carpet and fairly low cielings so I would have to attribute that to the people dining there. In my experience there and at Alberni St. there are quite a few "Loud talkers" attracted to the environment.
Say what you will but the whole thing is a fantastic fix. Just don't expect to have a romantic dinner or intimate (confidential) discussion.
It is a great place (as is Alberni St.) to go as a group and explore - plus you can talk as loud as you need to then.
Like Mamma said "shut up and eat - or pass me the wine"
I have thought about writing this for a while, but wasn't entirely sure if it was a big enough deal to blog about. Perhaps the restaurant will see this and take it into consideration.
I had taken my girlfriend to Trattoria Italian Kitchen on a night out before a movie. We were seated promptly even though they didn't take reservations on this night and the place was pretty full. Our server was friendly enough and the food was quite good, especially for the value. Many places do not offer this much quality for the price, especially in Kitsilano. We only had one real problem. The server had knocked over my glass of wine, breaking the glass and spilling most of the wine on me. It was white wine and did not stain, but I did get more that just a bit wet as the wine splashed on my pants and shirt. I did not get upset, as accidents happen and I am simpathetic to this. I believe its best to be gracious when no harm was meant. Another glass was brought to me, and I ordered another one after it. We had appetizers, and main courses. The waitress and staff were effusive in their apology of the spilled wine. I suppose they are not obligated to do this, but I would have found it significantly more classy if they had compt me at least one glass of wine to show their sincerety. Nothing was taken off my bill. I didn't ask them to play my cleaning bill or even so much as furrow my brow. I guess what I am saying is that they are sending the wrong message in this instance. I didn't avoid geting mad because I thought it would get me a comp. Still, part of me feels that had I made a stink about it, more than just my drink would have been free. I dine out regularly and these touches can make a difference about where I will go. If they had compt something it would go a long way in my decision to return when I have a hundred good choices in this town.
I may be spelling 'compt' wrong, but there you have it.
We visited this restaurant for the first time for Sunday "brunch". We made reservations earlier that morning but upon arriving it was clear the person taking our reservation hasn't entered it into their system. Luckily, there were tables available as we arrived early into the "brunch" period. There were lots of staff on hand and our server was very friendly and apologetic for the missing reservation.
We ordered the pasta sampler ($16.50 each). I felt the profit margin was sort of high on this dish. While we did leave full, there really wasn't much on the platter other than some lukewarm penne, some spaghetti doused with the same red sauce as the penne and a slice of lasagne. These three pastas all tasted pretty much the same. There was also some gnocci which was tasty. Two meatballs also adorned the dish but if you were sharing with a hungry man, I think he would have left unsatisfied.
I liked the fact you could see into the open concept kitchen. This is where I could clearly see my pasta had been pre-cooked (al dente) and then was re-heated in there somewhat generic red sauce. The whole meal could have stood a little more time in the pan. Most of the meal was far from piping hot. A nice piece of Italian bread might have gone nice with the meal. You could use it to soak up the sauce. Then again, the meal was so full of carbs the bread might have been too much.
Another member of my party ordered a pancetta pizza. This was $14.00 and was a single serving. It looked terrific but was quite pricey for what you get. It was more of a snack than a meal.
This restaurant is big on style and small on substance. This is not a place where I'd take a starving crowd.
I went out with a group of my girlfriends one Friday night for dinner. We were seated in the waiting area, which is no big deal. We expected that, since we didn't have a reservation. One of my friends tried to make reservations, and was told that we couldn't. We were served a complimentary sample of bruschetta while we waited - I believe it had a white bean topping. Very nice. Nice looking room - very busy. Service was OK. Our waiter was an affable fellow; he did a good job seeing that our needs were met. As for the food - we sampled the Kobe Beef meatballs to start - they were very tasty. We all ordered pasta dishes. We agreed that they were OK, and that was about it. Considering the price for the measly pasta shell dish I ordered, I could have made it better myself - and with more garlic! Red wine was served in large glasses, but maybe only a third full.
Can't say I have any burning desire to re-visit Trattoria Italian Kitchen considering all the other great restaurants this city has to offer.
Excited to finally try this restaurant, my partner and I were not surprised that the wait for 2 on the patio would be 'about 30min.' Unfortunately the waiting area was full and so we stood around waiting. 45 minutes later, the manager called us and sat us in the restaurant. Before we sat we told him we had requested the patio, "Well, that will be another half hour, do you want to sit here, or not" was his rude response. After we spoke to the host she said that there was a 'miscommunication' between her and the manager.
We then returned to our standing position and waited for a table outside- the inside is far to noisy for a romantic dinner, and besides- sitting next to others on bar stools isn't great.
Whilst we were waiting, I noticed the bartenders/baristers making the coffee/drinks. As I am a server myself I notice these things, and couldn't help but realise that on numerous occassions, hot drinks were being left on the counter for 10 minutes, or more. Someone's espresso and Americano were not even steaming by the time it left the station! The fact that hot drinks were left to go cold, numerous times in the hour that I waited, while the managers/bussers/servers simply walked past is ridiculous! Where I have worked the hot drinks and hot food are priorities to be taken out by whoever- no matter what you're busy with.
We eventually were sat, over an hour later and I must admit that our server was nice, fairly knowledgeable and good at up-selling. We ordered the Pasta-platter and when we were told that it comes with nothing (no measly garlic bread/small greens? anything!) i ordered a salad to go with. The server suggested a more fancier salad, but i said no i just felt like a basic green salad-lettuce, tomato etc... He proceeded to tell me this salad of his is the greatest and so i thought, why not try it! cheese and bread, tomato and grapes. Well, the salad came 10 minutes later- although i had said that i want the salad with the main- only to realize that it was a WARM salad! How could the server fail to mention this important detail? It was tasty although not with my meal or anything I wanted.
I was surprised that we didn't get a bread-basket or anything to snack on since the wait is always so long and we were starving by the time we sat down.
When the main came, it looked absolutely drab. The lasagne was good, very plain. The meat-balls tasted like my mothers meat-loaf, the 'al-dente' penne was raw and the pesto spaggetti was flavour-less.
I commented that it felt as though I had gone over to a friends house for dinner and was eating out of obligation and not because I enjoyed the meal.
In all fairness the chocolate-brownie dessert was delicious, but not what I had gone out for.
I will definitely not be returning here, for 2 people with 2 drinks (another 2 while we waited), one main and dessert (no coffee because I like mine hot!), the bill was close to $100- definitely not worth it.
I presume that the restaurant is getting by on their name and who the owners are, but all in all- no value, mediocre food, bad management, poor organization.