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Nov 16, 2009 05:25 PM

Divino...What should I order? (YYC)

So I decided on Divino for mine & my husband's anniversary tomorrow. What should I order?
I need recommendations.

It's only once a year that I get to go anywhere fancy, you know. :-D

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  1. The menu has changed since I last went there, but I've never had a bad meal at Divino (although once my dessert was pretty meh).

    You can't go wrong with the short rib. Also, even though chicken isn't my first choice at a restaurant like Divino, having it with risotto bourguignon and bacon sounds delicious.

    Let us know what you ordered! I need an excuse to go back there soon.

    1. Link:

      Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro
      113 8th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4, CA

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      1. re: 23skidoo


        My home away from home when I am on business in C-town.

        The reversed ravioli with celeriac puree and black truffle and poached lobster and a scallop is my personal favourite but like 23skidoo I have never had a bad meal at Divino...perhaps assisted by Brian's pours at the bar...........

        1. re: Bob Mac

          I hope that doesn't mean that you have to be a drinker to appreciate the cuisine at Divino's! LOL

      2. I agree - I've never had a bad meal at Divino's.

        Some personal favourites:
        - Cheeses (we always do chef's selection of 3)
        - Mussels and Frites
        - Lobster Ravioli
        - Lobster Cannelloni
        - Duck Breast
        - Short Rib
        - Bacon wrapped sablefish (if they have it)

        mmmm I will say I tried the orange buttertart a couple weeks ago for dessert and didn't enjoy it too much. But then again, I'm not a huge fan of orange and chocolate together.

        1. Well, I was thinking of the lobster appetizer, if my husband will go for it. I actually think he might. Colour me surprised, lol. $20 for an appetizer? Blasphemy!

          And then I was thinking the chicken dish with the pearl onions and risotto whatnot. It was either that or the black pepper linguine, but that seems like something you could do yourself at home. I'm curious about the duck breast, but I have never had duck before (I don't think...) and I don't know if I'd like it.

          And then I was thinking the dessert with blueberry basil ice cream. Some sort of shortbread thing. I'd be in it mostly for the ice cream, which sounds yummy.

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          1. re: Lainey1978


            Go for it. Truth be told I do not think that I have ever had a full meat at Divino as I usually work my way through the appetizers along with glasses of vino.

            Duck is one of my favourite dishes so I certainly would try it particularly since I tend to overcook it at home.

            1. re: Lainey1978

              I love the black pepper linguine there. It's house-made. It's pretty much my favourite dish on the menu. I've tried some of the other pastas and i found the black pepper linguine to be perfectly balanced. The sauce is not too heavy and I like the combination of the flavours. This dish has been pretty consistent every time I've ordered it.

            2. Oh, one more thing...what kind of portion sizes can I expect? In my head I keep expecting them to be tiny. Are the appetizers shareable, or no?

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              1. re: Lainey1978

                Portion sizes are good to order appy, main and dessert without being overly stuffed. If you're not starving, share an appy. I would stay away from the Lobster Ravioli, the last time we had it they were gummy. Otherwise, everything we've had there is good.

                Happy Anniversary!

                1. re: sweeterpea


                  "....stay away from the Lobster Ravioli..."......BLASPHEMY!!! [smile]

                  It is what I go there for....who cares about the silver dollar sized scallop when you can have truffled celery root and lobster claw-meat .... [grin]

                  Unless of course, there is a ravioli and a reversed trip perhaps.....

                  Lainey: ...not nouvelle cuisine, ie. drop $200 and order pizza later but not huge either, good for myself and "my significantly better half"....

                  1. re: Bob Mac

                    I'm sorry if you're offended, but I found them gummy. Just telling it like it is.

                    1. re: sweeterpea

                      I don't think he(?) was offended, I think he was just teasing you because he happens to like that appetizer. :o)

                      I don't think gummy would bother me too much when it comes to pasta. If I can't get al dente, I'd rather have gummy than mushy.

                    2. re: Bob Mac

             husband likes to eat, and likes to get his money's worth. I don't think he expects to here, though. I hope there's not a lot of complaining in my future. Although he picked this one from a few options I gave him. Must-use-feminine-wiles. Or maybe nagging. ("Once! Once a year you take me somewhere nice! Quit complaining!") lol.

                      Maybe I should warn him ahead of time... :p

                      1. re: Lainey1978

                        I don't think you'll leave hungry. Just make sure you both get two courses.
                        Divino isn't FARM or one of the new wine bars where you get a single rib or 30 grams of paté for $15 (although I do love FARM).

                        1. re: Lainey1978

                          Tell him to not complain as it's your anniversary and your "nice dinner out". Tell him it ain't the Legion ;o) If you both share an appy and have two entrees and two desserts you'll do just fine or if you have two appys and share dessert you'll be ok too.

                          My hubby is a big eater and he did just fine. Heck, I'm a pretty big eater and I did ok too ;o)

                          1. re: sweeterpea

                            I'm a good eater too and I was too full for dessert the last time I went there. :)