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Jan 7, 2013 07:11 PM

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.

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  1. 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;)

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    1. re: eatrustic

      We had a work function there ten years ago (!) and I still remember the salmon carpaccio with great fondness. Also fun rooms there. But I would never go unless on an expense account.

      1. re: LotusRapper

        Condos with a Glowbal restaurant at the ground level!

        1. re: fmed

          Just what we need in Vancouver, another CFD resto, sigh. Sorry to see this place go as I think it did fill a niche.

      2. 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.

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        1. re: Georgia Strait

          How many pre-Expo '86 "old school" fine dining restos are even left now ?

          1. re: LotusRapper

            Bishop's opened in 1985 I think. And John Bishop worked at Il Giardino before that.

            Le Gavroche opened in 1978.

            Le Crocodile possibly, although it has moved so maybe that doesn't count.

            And Hy's has been around since the 60's.

          2. 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.