Cioppino’s Vancouver Mediterranean Grill Review
Since 1999, Cioppino’s Vancouver Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca has offered a fresh spin on Mediterranean cooking, through the innovative techniques of the chef/owner, Giuseppe “Pino” Posteraro. He was awarded the 2008 Vancouver Magazine’s Chef of the year, 2009 Restaurant of the Year, and gold medal winner at the BC Gold Medal Plates.
It is known to be “the best expression of Mediterranean cooking” in British Columbia (the whole province!). Cioppino’s Vancouver and its sister restaurant, “Enoteca”, also have several private dining rooms/options for guests with larger groups, private and corporate events, and for celebrations.
The food at Cioppino’s Vancouver is what makes it so special. Giuseppe makes his pasta in house or sourced from Italy, with huge attention to its detail and flavors. He always reflects the seasonal availability of ingredients, in order to offer the best flavors possible. He truly believes in offering “only the best” for his guests. They even have Olio Reserva sitting at the table, this bottle cost $40 in store.First course was the potato salad with grainy mustard and caramelized sugar & foam. I loved the tanginess of the salad balanced with the sweetness in the bite.I still think Cioppino’s Vancouver makes one of the best pick me up! It’s awesome.Alaskan crab salad with soy sauce jelly, I just found out today that the Chef used to work in Singapore for a few years, hence some of his dishes are Asian-inspired. On the menu at Cioppinos Vancouver is Vitello Tonnato alla Piemontese. Made with Fraser Valley “All Natural Veal”, BC Albacore tuna mayonnaise, horseradish cream. Both Cioppino’s Vancouver & Enoteca have some of the biggest wine cellars/selection in the city. Their wine list has even been acknowledged previously by the “Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival”, with several awards following this title. Chef Giuseppe and his sommelier team believe a good glass of wine is an integral part of the fine dining Mediterranean culinary experience, and they take this process as seriously as they do their cuisine!
The escargot was one of my fave appies that night, enjoyed it so much we all cleaned our plate using the bread to soak up every last bit of the sauce.All of us agreed that this was our favorite dish of the night. Paccheri di Gragnano e salciccia di pollo tartufata. Artisanal tubular pasta, light organic chicken sausage ragout with peas. The Fraser Valley Duck 2 ways: crispy tender breast, boneless confit leg served on a rice flour pancake with condiments. I was so stuffed at this point, however, still demolished this dish. I don’t normally order duck out at many restaurants, it’s a hard dish to get right… the skin on this was so good. These chocolate desserts are all made with Cioppino’s Vancouver own line of chocolate they sourced out from France. I am not a huge fan of desserts, but boy these were delicious.
For overall excellence, good quality dishes, a beautiful setting, and wonderful service…look no further than Cioppino’s Vancouver Mediterranean Grill! The entire time I was eating all I could see the chef spending half his time in the kitchen and the other half dedicated to walking around asking tables how they’re doing.
PS… YOU MUST ORER THIS at cioppino’s vancouver.
The Pata Negra De Bellota: the finest cured ham from free range Black Iberian Pig, this dish is $88 alone but so worth it. I always have to order it.
Also an amazing wine list like I’ve mentioned… my favourite bottle one night!
Blog intro by Michelle Coleman
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Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill
1133 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P6
Phone: (604) 688-7466