I have been wanting to try Trattoria since I came across it in the Dine Out list, 2 years ago. I mentioned it to a co-worker and she recommended it as a great place to go. So finally, I did!
Trattoria (according to Wikipedia) is less formal than a ristorante but more formal than an osteria. Trattorias tend not to have a printed menu, with a casual environment, wine is served in a decanter, and the focus is on approachable dishes with large portions that are to be shared. This restaurant draws the casual dining, a focus on a wide selection of wines (not served in a decanter, that I saw of) and they have share plates, which I’ll talk about later.
It happened to be a nice day, so we sat on their heated patio. They also have blankets if you need them. The decor was unique, although the overall atmosphere was generally modern. Sitting inside might have given it a more intimate feel, but nothing Italian about it (as far as I know). They do market themselves as casual Italian dining.
Our waitress was friendly…I’m not sure what else to say in that regard. We didn’t really test her knowledge. Overall, everyone seemed very nice and always busy.
Going to the restaurant, I had already been told about their Shared Platter. They have two, their Classic and Signature Shared Platters. We decided to go with the Signature which included linguini gamberini, garganelli pollo, spaghetti bolognese, and gnocchi aglio e olio.
We weren’t entirely sure how large the platter would be, so we decided to order Soppressata Calabrese Salami to start. It was mildly spicy but very nice! I am generally a fan of Italian cured meats.
And of course there was the complimentary flat bread. Very lovely.
Of course, then came the Signature Shared Platter. We realized afterwards, we didn’t really need the Salami.
And then the waitress wildly grated some parmesan…
The spaghetti bolognese and linguini gamberini were both very good. It was interesting to taste how different two tomato sauces could be. We both agreed the gargenelli pollo didn’t seem right. It could be the pasta was too al dente. For the record, I do prefer my pasta al dente…but it seemed too much so. It almost seemed like it was the first one to be made and was sitting there for awhile.
Now the gnocchi was amazing to me! I generally don’t like gnocchi. I had store bough gnocchi and I’ve had gnocchi from higher end restaurants. Every time, the gnocchi has a jelly texture that I am not a fan of. This gnocchi didn’t have that. I wonder if it was made using different ingredients than most store bought gnocchi. It can be made using flour or potatoes…I’m not really sure what made it different, but the texture wasn’t jelly at all. It also seemed like they coated it with flour and maybe some cheese before they baked it. The textures and flavours worked well. If you don’t like gnocchi or would like one dish of pasta, I recommend this one.
I would definitely return to try some of the other dishes, not included in the platters. They have a great variety of dishes! I would even recommend it for a day when you maybe want to get a couple of italian appetizers and enjoy some good wine. With their patio and the summer months coming up, it would be perfect. If you get the chance to check it out, or had your own experience there…feel free to comment, through the link near the title, about it.
Trattoria Italian Kitchen
1850 West 4th Avenue (@ Burrard)
Mon to Thurs 11:30am-1am