Arrived for a reservation at 2100 and was offered the table between the toilet, the main walkway and the open plan kitchen whilst other, much better, tables were empty (and one remained so all evening). We were moved!
Food was definitely not Italian. Pasta/risotto dishes are only offered in full portions so a pasta intermediate course is not possible. Carbs served with main meals (and veg) are non-existent or in tiny portions so you are left having to order more after the main meal has arrived. Two out of three starters were tasteless (beetroot, heirloom tomatoes) and all three were decidedly non-italian. One of the mains was also tasteless; the two veal porterhouse offerings were very good but lacked any carbs apart from a teaspoon of delicious creamy potato.
Wine list is silly for this restaurant and for Vancouver..... Hundreds of top end Italian wines; few of which were personally known to the sommelier and most of which i suspect are never sold as they are just too expensive. (Most of the clientele were not drinking expensive wines). Much better to concentrate on a select, smaller list of quality wines known by the sommelier from a personal point of view. The wine recommended to us was very average and poor value even by Canadian standards.
Service was good.
I cannot understand how this restaurant gets such strongly positive views from the Canadian press - i can only assume that they have no taste or are not independent. The tripadvisor ratings are far more realistic as are those of other, non-Canadian reviewers...
Avoid this place and go elsewhere for much better food even though locals line up to spend their money. The Italian owner/chef here needs a rethink!