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“Decent food but not Italian...”

The Italian Kitchen Lake Country
Ranked #13 of 47 Restaurants in Lake Country
Price range: $7 - $30
Description: Chef Rob Dew is leading our dynamic team at Italian Kitchen Lake Country (formerly The District Eatery & Ricardo's Mediterranean Kitchen).
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Description: Chef Rob Dew is leading our dynamic team at Italian Kitchen Lake Country (formerly The District Eatery & Ricardo's Mediterranean Kitchen).
Reviewed December 30, 2018

This place has gone through several changes in names and ownership over the last while so it's not overly surprising that the menu and dishes are a bit confused. That being said the food was decent however not great.
So... Italian... not so much. Firstly there is not a single Italian white wine on the menu & when we were there only 2 Italian red selections. I completely understand the desire to support local BC wines however It's an Italian restaurant lets showcase some fantastic Italian produce.
We were a group of 7 so we were able to try a variety of items of the menu.
- 2 guests ordered the house salad which was described as arugula, feta, toasted pumpkin seeds and mandarin. When it came to the table it was a spinach salad with no pumpkin seeds. We were told it was a spinach arugula blend, there was just no arugula. No explantion for the pumpkin seeds.. one had no dressing?
-Gnocchi with Gorgonzola, the sauce was very well done the gnocchi was beyond overcooked.
-Lobster Mac n Cheese, the sauce had not been thickened it was essentially milk. Lobster was prepared nicely.
-Aglio e olio... This was probably the most disappointing as it is such a simple delicious dish. Was described as Angel hair pasta..came out Spagettini and had over cooked mushy vegetables. I think they were going for a Spaghetti primavera as this dish should have literally been Angel hair, good olive oil, garlic, fresh Parm and maybe some parsley.

The two best dishes were ironically the non Italian items; BBQ Bourbon Ribs & Prawn Rice Bowl, which I believe were menus items from the locations last theme.

For dessert we ordered a molten lava cake & a tiramisu. Again the non Italian selection won. Tiramisu has sooooooooo bland and randomly had blueberries on it?

Also just to note there is another Italian Kitchen in Vernon, which is FANTASTIC.

Our group of 7 came to the same conclusion, service was fantastic, food was average & they most certainly need to take a class or 2 on Italian cooking.

Date of visit: December 2018
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Pretium_Group, Vice President at The Italian Kitchen Lake Country, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2019

I would like to thank you for taking the time to review your recent experience at the Italian Kitchen Lake Country. It is only through feedback such as yours that we are able to improve upon the service that is provided to our valued guests.

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Reviewed December 26, 2018 via mobile

Took the parents to this restaurant for Christmas Eve. I was a bit apprehensive, since they had recently opened, but all of our meals were fantastic. Service was good also. I would highly recommend.

Date of visit: December 2018
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Pretium_Group, Vice President at The Italian Kitchen Lake Country, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2019

We work really hard to offer a first-rate menu to choice from. Plus we pride ourselves on our respectful service. You and your family were great guests and thank you very much for your review!.

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Reviewed December 22, 2018 via mobile

Excellent staff!! Amazing Food Selection, A perfect verity of wines and to top it off delicious desserts! A great way to spend a night out with friends and family!!

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Cameron R
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Pretium_Group, Vice President at The Italian Kitchen Lake Country, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2018

Thank You Cameron, It was great having you and your family enjoy an evening with us.

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Reviewed November 22, 2018

went in ambiance was low key girl was extremely helpful great service
she recommended a few things of course to her liking
food came quickly

Date of visit: November 2018
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Thank carot44a
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

There was three of us seniors. We all had something different. Jambalaya, Pork Medallion and Curry Rice Bowl. Everything was nicely presented and tasted great. I asked for more vegetables and no potatoes on the pork Medallion and it was beautiful done with no problem. It says on the menu to please ask if you have any dietary concerns. Service was very fast for this type of Restaurant. If I was to say anything negative. We found it a little cold in there but that is probably because we are seniors.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Thank Lesley O
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