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Hope against hope: "Italian" in Edmonton

felix the hound Mar 22, 2008 04:26 PM

My current impression is that there is no exceptional Italian restaurant in Edmonton but I am prepared to settle for above average
I consider the Piccolinos, Il Fornos and Gino's, etc. "red sauce and cream" restaurants, average comfort food, but not reflecting the rich regional cooking that exists in Italy. If you wanted to eat "Italian" in Edmonton, at any price, where would you go? What's good and true where? ( e.g. I have enjoyed the Spaghetti Alla Norma at the Sicilian Pasta Kitchen, a classic sicilian pasta dish with eggplant and ricotta salata).

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    cleopatra999 Mar 22, 2008 09:32 PM

    my favorite is Il Portico for any price. an interesting second is a 'family style' resto (big dishes for sharing) at pazzo pazzo downtown.

    1. anonymoose Mar 25, 2008 08:56 AM

      I still like Il Portico for more expensive Italian, but some friends introduced me to Sceppa's recently and I quite like them for "home cooking." And bonus - if you're celiac they keep gluten-free pasta on hand and always have some celiac-friendly options.

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      1. re: anonymoose
        cleopatra999 Mar 25, 2008 11:43 AM

        where is Sceppa's? I love the gluten free option.

        1. re: cleopatra999
          yen Mar 25, 2008 12:03 PM

          Wow, Sceppa's. That was the very first restaurant we ate at when we first moved to Edmonton, in 1986! I didnt even realize it was still around :)

          The current iteration of Sceppa's is at: 10923 101 St.

          1. re: yen
            anonymoose Mar 26, 2008 08:57 AM

            And the way to get into their parking lot is via the alley - use the door by the alley, not the one that faces 101 st.

            They must have the worst location in the world but I know at lunch the place is packed.

      2. sleepycat Mar 25, 2008 09:03 AM

        Do people like Sicilian Pasta Kitchen on the south side? I heard there was a difference in the downtown and south locations.

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        1. re: sleepycat
          Bryn Mar 25, 2008 04:38 PM

          It has more of a family atmosphere. I had equally good food there as I do downtown.

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