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.
Sure the place was packed but I guess that's as much our fault as the table next to us. There was a wait but the lounge was suitable and we had a drink. Not sure what it was but $5 for a great glass of wine made me suspect we'd get gouged on the food. Not the case... Our waitress acutally DOWNSOLD, and told us to restrain ourselves since we picked too many things, she ended up taking control and organizing the food. It was an endless stream of goodies, a huge starter platter, followed by a huge pasta platter. She also brought out a dish of chicken and trout. The food was excellent, but that's subjective (I love to eat). However, the price was unreal. We had dessert, a bottle of Masi at the table (plus some bottles of water - nice sneaky upsell) and the bill was $160 after taxes. $40 each for massive meal, wine, AND dessert?? No one in this neighbourhood is that cheap, not even Earls or Los Margaritas. I'll be back, just on a slower night, Friday was silly packed.
As a resident in the Kitsilano area and an old patron of the former Chianti's I had to check out the new Italian Kitchen's Trattoria on 4th. I have to say I was impressed with it all. It was really busy when we arrived and had to wait for a table which was fine as we were sat in ther lounge and had a drink and free tasty starter. When we got to our seats the server promptly came by to introduce herself and replenish our drinks. We order a brechetta platter which had a assortment of goodness on it (mushrooms, chic peas & tomatoes). Afterwards we shared some grilled prawns and lamb chops and we took advantage and ordered some side dishes of vegetables and this amazingly creamy gorgonzola polents with bolognese sauce in it!! Yummy. We decided not to eat dessert as we were full from the bottle of wine and food(which in total was 60$). Service was great and the manager was very kind stopping by our table and the ones next to us to say hi. The room was electric with an amazing buzz from the action from the kitchen and the pace of the dinning room. The Chef was very vocal and entertaining as he shouted orders at the young cooks behind the line which made for great entertainment, we loved it. I have to say honestly bang for buck this place is amazing, its not pretentious or stuffy and over done. They have done a great job with the old restaurant and it is a very welcomed change to other places along 4th avenue. My wife and I have already told people to go and eat there and you can bet that we will be back again and agin. Great job to the owners of this restaurant and their team. Well done, Thanks
Went here on Saturday night for dinner. Food is great. Service was very attentive, if a little slow, but it was the first night and very very busy so you couldn't expect perfection.
Tables are too close together, but that seems to be the case at most places these days. Also very loud, but a fun vibe.
Food is fantastic value for the money - one of the few places in the area where you could afford to take the kids for dinner. I think it is a great addition to the neighbourhood.