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“Will give it 1 more try!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Riso

Riso
#15-7217 Lantzville Road, Lantzville, British Columbia, Canada
250-390-0777
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Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Lantzville
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Nanaimo
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Will give it 1 more try!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

We have been here twice now as we like to support local businesses especially one with a scratch kitchen. We have always been happy with the flavours of the foods here.... But the execution hasn't yet impressed us. The first time we came the lamb shank was lacking, it was bland and needed just that extra bit if flavour. Both Times we had a pizza and both times it was just too soggy for us. The outer crust was definitely crispy but the sauce just made it soggy... When you pick it up it was completely limp. I would suggest a couple minutes in the pizza oven for just the dough in order to crisp it up then add the toppings so the dough doesn't remain 'raw' and soggy in middle under the toppings. Meatballs and pasta special had great flavour but the noodles were just outside al dente and needed a few extra minutes cooking time. I would like to try out breakfast here and we will try dinner one more time as we really like the idea behind this restaurant but are definitely waiting to be wowed.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Riso390_0777, General Manager at Riso, responded to this review, October 19, 2012
Islander321, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We’re very much inspired to remain true to traditional Italian preparations in our food with some accommodations to local tastes. However, if you have different preferences, we would be happy to accommodate them if you let us know when you order. We would be delighted if you would give us another try.
Sarah
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Nanaimo, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“A find!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Riso is unpretentious but serves delicious food and coffee. It also sells delicious bakery products. We have been there both for brunch and dinner and have always been happy.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Riso390_0777, General Manager at Riso, responded to this review, October 9, 2012
We're glad you found us, YukonStef! Thanks for your feedback and we look forward to seeing you again soon. :D
Sarah
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Langford, Canada
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

I just found out about this place recently and could not wait to try it - but unfortunately I was unable to eat there until TODAY. And we were not disappointed.

The service was fabulous, the food was great - we had eggs Benedict and it was as delicious as it looked.
And my latte was just right.

Oh and the prices for an organic, local ingredients, owner/operator place are very reasonable.

Sarah and staff - we will be back

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Riso390_0777, General Manager at Riso, responded to this review, September 26, 2012
Truth, it was such a pleasure to have you in. Thanks for the wonderful feed back - we'll strive to keep on meeting your expectations!
Sarah
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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Wow Coffee and pastries”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

I have found this place from word of mouth, and what a great find. Great atmosphere , gread food with organic ingredients , and Wow they have a wood fired pizza oven . Super simple with Super fresh . Gata spread the word. Enjoy. From a very Happy customer .

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Riso390_0777, General Manager at Riso, responded to this review, September 3, 2012
Thanks for coming to find us someone else's word, and we're so happy you liked what you saw. We're looking forward to having you in again, Nick B.
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“Gourmet food , pizza perfection , or brilliant coffee anyone...?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

My foodie friend lives in Lantzville , on the outskirts of Nanaimo. "I'm taking you to Riso" she said....its a new(ish) restaurant in a small mall in the centre of the 'village'.....not an ostentatious looking exterior , but the newly refurbished interior has a modern feel with cool colours , new fixtures & fittings , and a real pizza oven as the centre-piece facing the dining area.....also an open flame wall fire for those chilly winter evenings, next to a communal coffee bench for casual diners and coffee addicts.
I wolfed down the fresh salad with beet chips and a tangy dressing , while my foodie friend munched on a grilled Romaine salad with a yummy Ceasar style dressing oozing with anchovy flavour.
For mains we had Sablefish (with asparagus , pistachio quinoa & apricot puree) , and Lambshank (with lemon , olives and polenta)...all perfectly cooked , and beautifully presented .
The winelist is short but good quality with several available by the glass (try the 'Apothic' red , which is full fruited , very drinkable , and wont break the bank). For desert my friend had an affogato (gelato drowned in espresso coffee).....she is not a sweet-freak but would kill for one of these delicacies.....
I was so taken with the food quality I went back a few days later to try the pizza with another friend....we tried the quattro formagi , and Calabrese sausage pizzas ...both perfect and extremely tasty !
Riso is open for excellent coffee and beautiful cakes too (the chef Sarah is a pastry perfectionist - try the almond cake!) , as well as Sunday brunch (eggs benny available in regular , west coast , or Italian versions). Most ingredients are local wherever possible , and Riso supports Nanoose Edibles for veg , Quist Farms (Chemainus) pork, and Ocean Wise seafood.
Service is attentive , friendly , and well informed...and the chef makes the rounds of the tables too to make sure everyone is happy.
Theres patio didning now that summer has finally arrived and see the website for opening hours
http://www.risofoodsinc.com/

Make a trip to Lantzville for food quality hard to find outside of Vancouver and Victoria!!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Riso390_0777, Manager at Riso, responded to this review, July 21, 2012
We couldn't be more chuffed that you enjoy coming to Riso. Thanks so much for your review!
Sarah
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