Trattoria (Umberto’s Toscan Experience in Whistler, BC)
I am not a fan of waiting in line, nor waiting for a restaurant. But the kindness and nice personality of the general manager and staff of Umberto’s Trattoria (at the base of Whistler Mountain) simply made us change our mind. We arrived late on a Saturday night, which probably didn’t help our case. But the staff really made an effort to seat us soon, and we didn’t even wait 20 minutes.
Featuring rustic Tuscan cuisine in a warm and family-friendly atmosphere. You’ll find us in the heart of Whistler Village, Trattoria offers the year-round sports enthuiast fine Italian cuisine for a refreshing break after skiing, hiking, golf, or mountain biking. We thrive on style and originality.Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Reservations are highly recommended.
In hindsight, I’m really glad that we went to Trattoria, because all I wanted was Italian food and I got a really sweet deal. The food was extraordinarily good and the service was outstanding. I’m disappointed that the menus aren’t online as it’s going to be hard to remember exactly what I had from memory (I do have a handy notebook, but I was so hungry I almost inhaled my dinner and didn’t really make detailed notes).
I ordered a Penne a la Indiana (which is basically chicken curry with penne pasta and vegetables to accompany the pasta). I’ve had a variation of this dish before at Incendio West, and loved it. The Trattoria version was generous in its portions, the penne was al dente (as expected) and the chicken was cooked to perfection. While it’s a hybrid dish (combined Italian and Indian), Umberto Trattoria’s Penne a la Indiana is flavourful and not overwhelming with the level of spice (and at $19, only slightly more expensive than most Vancouver Italian restaurants).
Overall, a wonderful experience at Trattoria, and I’m glad I stuck it out and waited as it would have been a completely different thing if I hadn’t had the chance to sample their Italian food. I’ll have to compare it with other Umberto restaurants, like Il Giardino. I’d definitely recommend it.
Disclosure: I paid for both of our dinners on my own dime. We did a trip to Whistler to check out what to do when you’re not a winter sports person. I covered every other single expense I incurred during this travel, including (but not limited to) breakfast, lunch, dinner and transportation (except when explicitly indicated). I wasn’t paid to write this review, nor was I required to do so either. The purpose of this blog entry is just to describe and document my experience at a restaurant I really liked. In any review I write or publish on my site, I retain editorial control at all times. Should you have any questions/concern feel free to contact me via e-mail through my contact form.