If you want to escape to Italy while in Vancouver you seriously don't need to look any further.
The original of Umberto Menghi's restaurant empire. The little farm boy who ran away from Pontedera, Tuscany, has returned home in more ways than one.Mind you if you want the real thing, there is, of course, Umberto's now world famous "Villa Delia" a true Tuscan Cooking School and restful resort nestled in the picturesque village of Ripoli di Lari and some would say the heart of Italy itself, between Siena, Pisa, and Florence.
I could wax on about the food at Il Giardino; paper-thin carpaccio that disappears with each delightful bit, fettuccini Alfredo as smooth as silk, the most tender veal piccata and osso buco, seafood galore and the bread - at a recent lunch I've never eaten so much bread at one sitting. A wine list that defies description "Bella!", it will simply take your breath away; from the sunken great bar, main restaurant and the intimate ivy covered summer patio - all of which will have you suspended in time in another land.
As many before me have said, "It doesn't get any better than this!" Still, unquestionably one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. Take the time to immerse yourself in this restaurateur and culinary chef's world of all that is 'the best' in what is Italian, right here in the city, Whistler and Tuscany. If you enjoy good friends, food, wine, and travel as much as I do... drop in and experience a sheer delight for the senses.