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.
Went for lunch with my friend a couple of weeks ago. She knows the owners and has been many times and asked if it was o.k. if she ordered for me? No problem! Restaurant was nice, I liked the open kitchen feel though I was facing the wrong way this visit!
When we arrived, the owner was kiss, kiss, hug, hug with her, parked her car and in we went. The owner dropped us a kobe meatball to start. Very good! My friend ordered bruschetta, & a platter (that she made up herself) of 2 types of pasta, veal piccata & roasted chicken.
Veal was great! Roasted chicken, was...well..., roasted chicken, however the skin was nice & crispy so gets bonus marks. The pastas were forgettable in my opinion. I think she ordered the penne & the carbonara. I know I was really unimpressed with both...a little too "al dente" maybe...not sure, too bland? Can't put my finger on it...but to even remember, I had to go to the website to see what pastas they had!
I would go again when in the neighbourhood, but it didn't knock me out to go out of my way to re-visit.
I have to say my wife and I went with some trepidation after reading some of the reviews here but I really trust Mia Stansby so took the plunge.
We were pleasantly surprised. We arrived at 6:40 and were told the wait would be an hour, which we were prepared for, and were lucky enough to get a seat in the lounge. Within 15 minutes we ended up at a table. We saw the appy platter on the table next to us and decided to try it. Because my wife has a severe reaction to pepper and chili peppers we had to have some substitutions. The server was very patient and willing to go back and forth to the kitchen to find out what would be pepper free. It was no trouble to substitute. We loved the platter with the exception of the clams which basically tasted like breadcrumbs. My wife wasn't crazy about the eggplant parmagana which I thought was very good. She did not like the texture of the eggplant of which some was chewy. I loved the Kobe meatball and we really loved the osso bucco croquette.
We followed this with the pesto pecorino gnocchi and the osso bucco special. Both were excellent although the gnocchi was salty I think it's because of the cheese. I love salt so it's not a problem but I can see how it might turn off some. The osso was delicious. For dessert we shared the chocolate filled fritters with creme anglais which was outstanding. I thought the meal was good for the value, I had a bombay gin martini for $6 which seems cheap by any standard and my glass of Shiraz (ya I know it's not Italian) was $9 which also seems reasonable. Yes the tables are close and it is noisy but it's full of life and young good looking people and in my middle aged view that's not a bad thing.
Our ratings reflect our differences. I would have given value 4 stars and she would have given the food rating a 3.5 stars and I would have given service a 4 star. But as you know marriage is a compromise sometimes.
This place looks like a Trattoria...but on steroids and it tastes like it too. Everything is in your face, way too many staff (and yet still vacuuming at 5:30 with customers in the place ?!?!), the open kitchen is so open it overwhelms the rest of the restaurant and too much salt on everything. We had the Panzanella tuscan bread salad, the bread was soaked in olive oil and salt. The wild mushroom bruschetta had hot bread and cold mushrooms. The Linguine Carbonara was over loaded with Pancetta and I like Pancetta, so much that it was too salty. My date's Gnocchi was glutinous and again too salty. After finishing dinner and looking at the dessert menu, some over enthusiastic manager(?) zoomed in out of no where and stuck his head over my my dates shoulder and yelled that we should try something or other. Like everything else, it was too much.
I heard some great reviews, so I decided to go for my birthday. Called to make reservations, but was told they only reserve 1/5 of the room, and that was already booked for the night i requested - fair enough. Spoke to a guy named Dave.
So a few of my friends got there first and put thier name on the list.. we waited for over an hour, and we're really 'attended' to as some of the guests -- I guess it's been a while since I've been to the Kit's area, and forgot what that scene was all about (a male friend commented on how "plastic and botoxed" some of the other guests looked. Regardless it seemed like a very nice ambience and everyone looked to be having a great time.
Ordered our food, and it was delicious! Absolutly faboulous! Our table had salmon, gnocchi, another pasta dish, lasgna, and prawns and everyone loved thier food! Unfortunantly I wasn't drinking that night, but everyone who had ordered drinks said they were great!
Only issue I have is that we seemed to have a relvolving bunch of servers/hosts/hostess serving us.. it didn't seem like we had just one person like most restuarants.. i just seemed a bit odd?
I would probably go back some time soon, just would make reservations prior to... loved the food! and will try the drinks next time. I can see why alot of people like this place!
More Prada, Guicci and Jimmy Choo here than you can believe. Certainly this weeks spot for all the fake kisses in the the air to be seen.
Room is pleasant but squishy, I now know intimate details of the lives of the two tables next to ours. Kitchen is more "in your face"
than open. Expiditer need to tone down the "runners please/now ordering Gordon Ramsay (minus the explicatives) routine which was quite invasive.
Service was ernest with every glowbal manager mustered to the ready "charm" inhand.
Heirloom Caprese - excellent
Lamb Pizza - Very Greasy Served on a pizza paddle that left no room on the table for anything else. Good dough structure but more topped focaccia than pizza
Spaghetti with Meatballs - Spaghetti was well spiced but the "famous Kobe Meatballs" left us wanting, a little like eating at my cousins home who married an Italian and although she trys her best to follow an Italian recipe just doesn't get it.
Gnocchi - our least favourite dish, a little lead weighty
Roast Chicken - Excellent flavour and finish
Tiramisu - Excellent except for the coco powder top.
Although billed as a trattoria, this venture is no budget Italian dining experience. Will return in a few months once the hype has died down.
Lastly folks if a customer asks for salt all that is required is a salt shaker. The whole bit with the Bolivian Rose rock salt being grated at your table is way overdone and removes control of one of the most personal aspects of dining from your customer - that of salting your food.
This is one of our favourite Italian restaurants! The ambiance is chic and trendy, perfect for a night out with friends or a casual date! Their beef carpaccio is to die for! A generous portion of beef carpaccio atop a hill of crunchy baby greens and onions and paired with freshly sliced cheese and drizzles of olive oil. The knock-out was the pasta platter which consisted of various samples of their signature pastas. The most impressive being the lasagna which was dense with ingredients and flavourful! We've also tried their calamari, which at best, tasted like deep-fried squid that you may order for dim sum at any Chinese restaurant. The only down side is that they will not take reservations and are strictly on a first come first serve basis, but the wait time usually isn't bad. All in all, will return again.
Food - Just average. The ingredients were fresh, but taste was bland and not very interesting for the most part. Highlight of the menu is definitely the kobe meatballs, but even those weren't very impressive. The food sharing concept of the restaurant does deserve a some credit. The menu offers great variety and encourages sharing. I guess they're trying to overcome poor quality with quantity and variety. For those into wine, don't expect too much in this department.
Service - Again, just average. The waitress did enough to pass but I wasn't impressed with the hostess, who wouldn't let us sit at our table until our entire party has arrived. Apparently, it's first come first serve at Trattoria (since they don't take reservations), with no regard to customer service.
Value - Great value. I don't remember a single dish that was over $20 (except for the platters), which is rare in Vancouver. Great deal for average food, service and ambiance.
Ambiance - Very simple and clean decor, but no personality. Nothing about it spelled Italian but it's not too much of an issue. However, I do feel that they were trying to fit too many tables into a small space which made it a little too crowdy.
Not eager to head back here, but won't mind it too much either.
To sum it up - Average food and presentable setting at a great value.
Saturday evening was my first experience at Trattoria; Italian Kitchen, and it was a great one by far! Contrary to popular belief (some reviews below), there was no Gucci, Prada OR Jimmy Choo in the place (really.... could you even recognize a Jimmy Choo hand bag? Probably not). The 'fake kisses' as mentioned by my friend below, were more like welcoming hugs of friends and family who gathered there for some fantastic food in a casual environment.
The place was packed by 6pm, so you better get there early. We were seated in front and had a great view of the rest of the restaurant. The room was alive and energetic. The service was efficient (they seem to work well as a team, as there was a person assigned for every job).
We each had a yummy mojitos and started out with tomato bruschetta as an appy. It was delicious ( served at room temperature, which it should be). We then had the Prosciutto Pizza that has this amazing creamy cheese on it ...burrata I think? We also shared the Linguine with Prawns, baked trout which was unbelievable and a side of grilled veggies! My date and myself were more than pleased with our choices. We had no room for desert but we will be back for round two I can guarantee it. I recommend this place to anyone.....there are no rules...come as you are!
A friend and I tried to get a table on Friday, and all we could manage was a quick drink in the waiting room - which was comfortable and coincidentally right next to the bartender. I persevered and was able to get a table for 2 on Sunday night, and was glad I did! Everything was very enjoyable.
Upon a quick glance of the menu, I was blown away at the reasonable prices listed - a rare thing to find at a new Vancouver restaurant. Thinking it might be as a result of incredible small portions, (another bad habit of new Vancouver restaurants) I knew I'd soon find out.
Despite a slight bit of slow service at first due to the fact it was so busy, the waitress soon found time to impress me with a simple bit of over-the-top service. Half way through drinking my Moretti beer, I noticed a small chip in the glass. Instead of just pouring the remainder of my beer into a new glass, the waitress brought me a new beer and an immaculate glass. It was a nice touch I was not expecting.
When the food arrived, I was impressed again by the healthy serving and the great presentation. My Kobe beef lasagne was tasty, as was the salad. My friend's trout was served whole in a sizzling pan, yet was fillet'd perfectly. In addition, salt is offered, and ground right off a whole chunk of rock salt from Bolivia. I'd never seen this before and it was very cool.
The decor is very modern, fortunately I love red and it creates a warm and sophisticated atmosphere. I highly recommend you take the time and have the patience to wait out the lineup at this hot new Kitsilano restaurant.
While certainly an upgrade from the awful Chianti's Restaurant which won't be missed, Trattoria Kitchen is more a concept/theme restaurant than a place for really great Italian fare. The food is serviceable, even secondary to the type of clientele they are pushing hard to attract with its overall design and ambience, which I found a cliche of urban chic rather than anything innovatively chic. However, the bartripping types of Vancouver won't know the difference between real design and derivative design. Classic pasta dishes should not be tampered with. That's why they are classic so penne arrabiatta should be simple, not adorned with anything else. Mediocre food in a catchy (though not eye catching) design.
The restaurant is great but the tables are too tight together and I can't hear my friend talking next to me. So we just eat and quickly left. The shared platter of pasta is a great deal and delicious but the meat platter is pretty ok, maybe because it is bit over-cooked and not warm enough.
I like their idea of sharing, the amazing pasta selection and the price! Just be careful because the cocktail here has really small portion.
I will definitely come here again for the pasta and maybe some other dishes and wine, but definitely not the expensive cocktails.
Ps: the Italian manager is very charming and nice! Service was amazing even though we waited 20min for a table (after making a reservation)
The Global Group has a winning formula.While other restaurants are having struggles on 4th, Tratt continues to excel.They know their demo and how to take care of their customers.This restaurant is about fun and shared experiences.Shared the Antipasto Misto platter and a bottle of wine.Perfect dinner for two followed by in house tiramisu.Tratt is not pretending to be an Italian restaurant.Those expecting that will be dissapointed.That said,pastas and salads offer great value.They have a great team here that makes the whole concept of sharing alot of fun.
It's almost impossible to get a table here on a weekend night - even by 7pm there's usually an hour wait. After a few attempts we finally got a table one Friday night. We ordered the pasta sampler for two and it was the most delicious pasta I've had in a long time. It comes on a long rectangular plate to share and there were four different kinds of pasta - gnocchi, spagetti, lasagne and chicken penne. Every single one was amazing - the only mediocre one was the lasagna - and maybe this didn't taste good because we ate it last! The gnocchi was so good - tasted like each one was individually grilled and seasoned. The spagetti was amazing! Had a great experience and it really satisfied my pasta craving. I've tried to get a table there two additional times on a Friday night but the wait is still always an hour long - a shame they don't take reservations!
I ordered the lobster fettucini and was very disappointed. The lobster was charred on one side and the taste of very burnt food was difficult to avoid. The whole duration of the meal, all I could smell was burnt food (imagine burnt popcorn). I tried the lasagna that someone else at our table ordered and the amount of salt used was excessive to say the least. I then tried the pasta carbonara that my husband ordered and again, way too much salt. Would have been good value for the money if the meals were edible. Unfortunately we will not go there again, or recommend it to anyone.
I don't understand the bad reviews. I have been there more than 7 times, and every time I leave, I'm fully satisfied with both food and service. I always order the Bruschetta, and my friend orders Calamari. Bruschetta sample is amazing. I remember that I order once the sampler without mushroom and I got the order with mushroom. The Chef came to me and apologize and he brought a second sampler for me to take home! Even though I didn't complain about it. The pasta is great. I order Conchignlini (I don't remember how to spell it) and it's delicious! Everyone loves it. Also, there is another pasta with cheese and chicken (I order it without chicken since I'm vegetarian) and it's perfect too! Pizzas are good. We order marghrita. The place is great if you know which table to pick. It's loud, so I would recommend calling and making reservation for the furthest table from the kitchen!!! or the table in the corner for two people. One of my favorite restaurants in Vancouver!
I've gone 3 times now (different friends all eager to check it out). The first visit, I ordered the veal marsala and it was inedible - chewy pieces of gristle that I couldn't imagine anyone eating. I sent it back and they offered to replace it but I had lost my appetite by that point. Absolutely horrible. The calamari was fantastic though. 2nd visit the calamari was overcooked and rubbery - very dissappointing. 3rd visit shared the antipasto plate for 2. I was mystified as to why they would only serve 1 piece of lamb sausage and 1 eggplant parm - these are share plates and would be nice to include at least 2 of everything..totally irritating. I don't think I'll be going back - I gave them 3 chances and something was wrong each time. The food is inconsistent - they really need to get their act together in the kitchen. They are much better places to spend your money on food that is consistent in quality. This place is waaaay over-rated.
Tried this place for the first time a couple of weeks ago with my boyfriend. We arrived early at around 5:30 on a Saturday evening. The place was empty except for two tables that were occupied. The service was good. Our waitress was prompt to take our order. Me and my boyfriend ordered the same thing - spaghetti with kobe beef meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce. I was anticipating that the meatballs would be just as good as the one they make at their sister restaurant (known by another name), in Yaletown. I was was told by the waitress that theirs was different. Theirs were different alright! They were way too salty for me to the point that I didn't even want to finish them. The spaghetti sauce was alright. Spicy, but the heat slowly builds. The sauce also came with a big dollop of ricotta cheese on top. I didn't really like it and I think the dish did gain anything by having it there. Don't be fooled by the prices, they seem quite reasonable from the menu, but the dishes are small in comparison. I'm glad I didn't order the pizza because they were only about 5 inches across. The decor is very nice inside. After all, this is a fairly new restaurant and it's obvious they spent a lot of money on designing it. One think that really made me mad was when I went to use the bathroom before our meal arrived. There was a male staff member "cleaning" the bathroom. Well, he didn't tell me he just mopped the floor and it was super slipper. I almost slipped and fell went I took two steps inside the door! That's something he should have mentioned. Besides that, I don't think I'll be returning as I was quite disappointed by my dinner. My boyfriend agrees that I make better spaghetti and meatballs at home!
This place looks fantastic from the street - and that is about it. Don't be fooled by the number of people in the place as the wait time was the worst I have seen in a long time. The food order was delayed a bit so we waited...and waited and waited...we were pretty much begging for the bill by the end.
Don't be fooled - but if you must try it - don't order the special three course meal as the serving sizes are meant for children.
Went to Trattoria last night and was very dissapointed. We sat down at 5:45, ordered bruschettas that didn't come until 6:45, thankfully they were good. Main courses came around 7:15. Two of us ordered the calamari steak and both were sent back because they smelt way too fishy. I ordered the meat and fish platter which was sent back as well. The tiger prawns were the worst i've ever had, the trout was terrible the lamb chop was dry but the veal was good. So we all exchanged for the veal. 2 others had pasta which was very good. So sticking with a salad and a pasta would make this restaurant worth going to but everything else is I would say a 50/50 chance at being tasty.
If this was in Italy, nothing here would cut muster. Classics are played around with and everything is overwrought and overdone. Portions are good and prices are moderate but the quality of the food is far from memorable. Everything just tastes strong, too strong and nothing is subtle. Our table kept rotating servers and it happened so much it got confusing. Really a glorified bar, but not a true Trattoria.