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  • Food4
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  • Value4
  • Ambiance3.5
  • Reviews8

La Piola

3189 Quadra St.
Victoria, BC V8X1E9
Tel: (250) 388-4517
Neighbourhood: Mayfair
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon: Closed, Tue - Sat: 11:30AM - 9PM, Sun: Closed
  • La Piola Restaurant serves honest Italian cuisine including fresh, local ingredients celebrating the best Vancouver Island has to offer.

Reviews

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A great little spot
By begreen of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 11:43pm [Dine in]

La Piola is a great little restaurant with amazing food. They don't have the largest menu, mostly pasta, pizza and other dishes. However they focus largely on using local foods and ingredients that are currently in season, which I think is amazing. They food was all very fresh and tasty. The portions are almost exactly right in my opinion. They aren't super massive so that you're dying after you eat and they're not tiny portions either. The best thing I had there was the desserts. Had the best teramisu and creme brulee I've ever tasted there. I'd definitely go back just for the desserts themselves.

The restaurant is fairly small with about 10 tables but it had a great atmosphere. Art hangs on the walls giving the restaurant a warm feel. The servers were all kind and prompt. If you ever get a chance go and try this place, its better than a lot of the other italian places in victoria.

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This place is wonderful!
By mic of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

I recently took my parents and young daughter to Victoria. I wanted to find a nice restaurant so that I could treat my parents but I didn't want it to be too stuffy or touristy. This place was the perfect discovery. Not only was the food incredible but the atmosphere and the service was a delight. They focus on fresh and local. The evening we were there it was a fundraising event for a local farm where they source some of their fresh ingredients. We enjoyed a "first of the season" baby spinach salad paired with scallops and crab. The bread accompanient was freshly made that day. My parents had the Osso Buco and it was delicious. I had farm raised chicken with wild mushroom sauce. The vegetable accompaniment was incredibly tasty and I could have had that as a main course it was so lovely. They welcomed my young daughter and catered to her meal request. The waiter knew the menu, knew his wines and recommended a wine that ended up being perfect for our meal. He was a pleasure to speak with and was passionate about what the chef/owner was up to. I can't wait to go back to Victoria just to dine there again!

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I'll be back
By gourmetgirl of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 17, 2008 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

What a nice surprise. I didn’t know anything about this restaurant before I went but was in Victoria visiting for the weekend and we happened to find it when we picked up some bread from the Italian bakery. We went in for lunch and both had their cream of garlic soup and shared a margarita pizza. Looking over the menu I want to make a point to return for dinner next time we're in town.

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Unfortunate...
By LocalDiner10 of Victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

I have been going to La Piola about twice a month for the last year. The food has always been great and the service excellent. The last two times my boyfriend and I had dinner we noticed our favorite waiter wasn't working because he is one of the reasons we keep coming back. Our new server, on our last visit was very rude, inattentive and seemed to be generally uninterested in taking care of us. But what was the most OFFENSIVE thing that I have ever experienced came as we were leaving... The service was not good and my tip reflected that. As we got outside, I watched the waitress check the tip on the table then made eye contact through the window and shook her head in disgust at us!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!

If you don't give great service, don't expect a great tip. Toatally unexceptable.

We are unsure if we will be back... The menu hasn't changed in a year and the service has gone down hill very quickly.

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Should be packed every night
By supafamous of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 6, 2009 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

Just moved to Victoria and went there based on the reviews here and found everything to be terrific. La Piola is as good as La Buca in Vancouver. The service from Michael and the rest of the team was terrific and the food is even better. I had the pork rib chop which was wonderfully presented and was done just right - the fat melted in my mouth. My girlfriends pasta was great as well, the pasta is homemade and was cooked just right - firm but not hard, soft but not mushy. The tiramisu was rich in flavour and unique in style. All the food is sourced from terrific suppliers and you can see a lot of thought and effort has gone into preparing all the dishes.

The ambiance is nice although not as good as the best italian places I've been too but all in all I can't believe this place isn't packed every night - in Vancouver it would be a top ticket for Italian.

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A quaint place with great food
By nikemom of East Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

We visited here because of the reviews and to be honest when we drove up I was wondering what my husband was thinking, a small little place situated in a residential area.

It was our 15th anniversary and we had already tried Matisse and was disappointed, so I did not know what to expect.

But the service was very good and the food was delicious. We would definately go back again.

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A truely memorable meal
By angelique of Victoria (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 8:41pm [Dine in]

We were greeted by our very personable and professional host /server. The Chef was actually making the pasta by hand when we arrived and upon ordering we were invited into the kitchen to sneak a peak at the process - an experience I have never had anywhere else. Nearly all of the ingredients used in our meal were local and during dinner service we actually witness a local supplier stop by with a huge barrel of freshly picked chanterelle mushrooms. We later heard that those would be put to immediate use and incorporated into our pasta dish. The Chef came out to check on us and spent time to explain the dishes and the region in Italian that the recipes came from.
I started with the Bresola that melted in my mouth with the complimentary bread - from The Italian Bakery with beautiful olive oil and Modena balsamic vinegar, my partner had the Insalata di cesare which was equally impressive. We both had the special pasta - how could we not?! A rich and savory rabbit ravioli, with grilled chanterelles and local seasonal veggies, paired of course with an amazing wine.
We finished with a latte and tiramisu - which I never thought I would be able to finish but it was so light and airy that there wasn't a bite left on the plate.
It was an incredible meal and I plan on returning many times.

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One of the worst italian restaurant ive been to in my life
By herodavid of victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

As soon as we came in the restaurant, you could tell something was wrong. The place was half empty and waiters were running around. It took a full 10 minutes to be seated.

We sat there for another 10 minutes before we even wanted drinks, in fact we had to bring it up.

Looking at what other people were being served, it was obvious that the plates were uninteresting and looked blend.

We recieved the food and it was confirmed that there was absolutly any flavor, nor sauce, in our pasta dishes. Something as simple as salt or pepper was lacking in the dish, let alone any italian spices. We were offered rocksalt, which was totally inappropriate for pasta.

The bread was good, and fresh, coming from the bakery next door.

I have been to hundreds of italian restaurant and I was completly disapointed in this venue. Everything was a total disaster. The place may have been good in 2009, judging by other reviews, but obviously some things have changed and I would strongly advise that any potential customers look somewhere else.

if you choose to give them a try, I wish you good luck!

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