Italian Kitchen on Alberni (@Glowbal_Group)
No, I am by no means paid by the Glowbal Group to write reviews of their restaurants, nor have they given me any complimentary meals. But by some weird, strange reason, I’ve ended up at three (yes, you heard that right, three) of their restaurants in the last three or four months. First, I was taken to Glowbal Grill by my good friend Liv Hung (A Beautiful Life). Then, I had dinner at Coast (again, invited this time by my best buddy from Mexico, CB and his boss).
A week or so ago, CB, CA and myself went for lunch to Coast, but it was closed, so we ended up across at Italian Kitchen. I remember hearing about Italian Kitchen as it had opened in Kitsilano a year or so ago. I love Italian food, and I have had food at other Glowbal Group establishments, so I figured it’d be a safe bet to take CB and CA to Italian Kitchen.
I started off with a spinach salad ($11, marinated radicchio, shaved parmesan, crispy onion rings, figs, balsamic vinegar). We then ordered a Pasta Platter (spaghetti and spicy kobe meatballs with truffle cream, braised veal cannelloni with wild mushroom cream, pappardelle with lamb sausage, cabbage and potatoes, rigatoni pomodoro, with a pricing of $ 16 per person, minimum 2 people). It was enough food for all three of us.
There are three things that I know now. First, that when I’m hungry I don’t even make the time to take photos of my food. Two, that I am completely and utterly a dessert addict. I love the creme brulee that Italian Kitchen makes. Third, I absolutely love the spicy kobe meatballs. I have had this flavor in my mouth before, at Glowbal Grill, but it’s the first time I try it at Italian Kitchen.
And the service was really good, so I can’t complain at all. All in all, a great experience. Now that I’ve had some time to think about the rest of the Glowbal Group restaurants I’ve visited, I think I’ve also been to AfterGlow. I’ll write about that one once I’ve actually been there more fully.