Dario's (Italian Cultural Ctr) Review - Vancouver
Had a business dinner here on Monday night. My boss used to rave about the place and I don't live too far away so I booked it. I haven't been here for at least 10 years when I went with my Italian boyfriend at the time, but I really didn't remember much about it...good or bad...
The restaurant was nice, white linens, big wine bottles on display like Texas Mickeys, but only 2 other tables occupied at 6pm. One of the party was late so the 3 of us started with mineral water...and then house wine which was god awful! CHEAP, CHEAP Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. I didn't order it, but I knew it was going to be bad & it was!
When the 4th arrived we ordered an antipasto platter & mussels for the appy. I enjoyed the olive oil mixture for the bread the most! It had something grainy in it, and parmesan cheese...I enjoyed it. The mussel broth which was with tomatoes was bland & tasteless. The antipasto had a couple of good nibbles...the 3 guys really devoured it. I got a prawn & a piece of salami & one olive...they took care of the rest.
The waiter (new?) very cute, but very stiff & uncomfortable asked if he could tell us about the specials...halibut..blah blah, and then ended with, "Oh, and we have Osso Bucco"...to which I said, "Sold". The others ordered rack of lamb, gnocci special & veal something or other...
Well, I was never so disappointed to find out my osso bucco wasn't veal when it was delivered, it was lamb! It was hard to cut off the bone, really quite chewy & tough, not to mention bland (theme of the night) tasting! It was served with 2 tablespoons of risotto & a couple of pieces of grilled zucchini & 1 piece of broccoli. That was it! Terrible! Shameful really! My boss had 4 skinny minny lamb chops for $30. The veal dish had 2 pieces of scallopini, 2 thin, thin pieces with the same veggies but he had a tablespoon of mashed potatoes. The gnocchi looked o.k. No one commented good or bad, though I did voice my dismay about the osso bucco being lamb and not tender!
Dinner was way over priced! Food was way under-whelming! I think we all agreed that this was the last visit we will make here! Service was very good though...but when the bread & olive oil dip are the highlight of the evening...there's nothing more to say...
PS: fmed, it was too much of a business dinner for me to pull out my camera, even if I did have it with me! However, the flashing pix of the lamb chops on their menu on the website, is true!
Great review. I too haven't been there in about 10yrs (probably longer)...I remember it being decent and old-school back then. It's a distant memory though.
>>PS: fmed, it was too much of a business dinner for me to pull out my camera, even if I did have it with me! However, the flashing pix of the lamb chops on their menu on the website, is true!
Haha...no worries. I actually do that too. I have to resist pulling the camera out when no one's looking.