Il Giardino Closing
Another old timer is closing. It's been widely reported today that Il Giardino is closing this spring to make way for more condos.
Wow, the end of an era. I remember a few years back when Umberto was trying to get a boutique hotel built on the site with his restaurant at the base.
Good memories of late dinners with a simple pasta, fresh rosemary pizza bread, a salad and a glass of rough red, sitting in the bar with the chef on a warm summer evening with the doors to the patio open...... and the sounds of drunken lawyers and stock brokers outside;)
i think this restaurant will be missed - i went there a few times - beautiful spot, nothing amiss - and yes, pricey compared to walk along neighborhood st kind of place - and oh so worth it. An great era gone in Vancouver - pre expo 86 - i remember all our parents would go there when they came to town (vcvr) to take people out (along with Napoleon and that other place along Alberni - Fr restaurant - we've talked about this recently here on CH)
we always liked Umberto Al Porto in its day too - interesting heritage building (old HBC warehouse for liquor is what i've been told - i wish it could all be good again - places like campagnolo (tho they try hard and is usually ok) just don't have it - Best Wishes to Umberto Menghi and team and thank you for many years of old Vancouver.
re: Georgia Strait
Yes I think it is a big loss especially when so many other older fine dining restaurants have closed.
I'm glad there's lots of new and interesting places opening but sad to see so much being lost at the same time, especially to condos.
I bet Le Gavroche is the place on Alberni that your are thinking about.