I've spent a considerable amount of time in Italy and enjoyed a lot of food there! And my tastes really run to classic "simple ingredients prepared well results in delicious Italian food". I also do really enjoy fine-dining restaurants and appreciate what they have to offer.
So when a friend and I stayed at the Lonsdale Quay Hotel recently and were looking for a place to go for dinner, this seemed a natural choice! It's right across the street for crying out loud!! And Dine Out Vancouver was on so we snagged three courses for $38! What a deal!
Right away I loved the ambiance and coziness of Gusto di Quattro. We were welcomed and our coats were hung for us as the hostess escorted us to our table. I really appreciated the warmth of the restaurant after the chilly evening.
Throughout the entire evening, I was more than impressed by our servers' commitment to providing excellent, friendly, professional service and they all seemed quite knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. We ordered a half-litre of malbec, which was really delicious.
But overall, I was not wowed by the food. The bread was not warm when it was served with the oil/balsamic dip. And personally the food was a little overly-manipulated for my tastes. The fussiness of the food was more reminiscent of French cooking than Italian, to me. My mushroom soup had so many things going on in it that it was a little too heavy and dark in flavour for me to enjoy. I ordered scallops which came with some steamed spinach/mushrooms and also a potato cake, which were good but not amazing. I did truly enjoy my dessert option though, which was an olive oil cake which featured a delicate lemon flavour and was served with an ice cream. It was delicious.
For the price we paid, we got a good deal for some good food. But I don't think I'd make the effort to go there on a regular night and pay full price when there are so many other great, authentic Italian restaurants in the city! I did really appreciate the excellent service and I do also recognize that there may be a lot of people who would really enjoy this food, but Gusto di Quattro isn't really my idea of Italian.