Nook (Denman and Robson, West End)
I’m a bit of an Italian food fan. I love anything that has to do with Italian cuisine, in particular pasta Puttanesca (a type of pasta that I am sure anyone in the Vancouver Italian restaurateur community know I love and adore). I told JT that before we attended the last show of Theatre Under The Stars (Anything Goes), I wanted to try and eat at Nook on Denman, between Robson and Melville. Given that they don’t take reservations we weren’t really hopeful that we’d find a seat. But we did, at the bar, and it was a great experience.
I ordered a Gnocchi with Baby Meat Balls (very, very reasonable at a price point of $16), which I didn’t know how it would turn out. The truth of the matter is – it turned out incredibly tasty. The tomato sauce wasn’t overwhelmingly heavy drenched in garlic and oil (which I would probably have expected, and even would have welcomed it, but the flavour was really delicate). Gnocchi are a tough type of pasta in some cases, because it can be easily screwed up. Luckily, that wasn’t the case.
JT ordered a Margherita pizza ($15, very reasonable as well) that was extremely tasty (I had a bit of a morsel from his pizza). Overall, beyond the tasty food (which was really good), I think what I liked the most was the family ambiance. At Nook, you can tell that the owners have a really good relationship with their customer base and with their staff, current and former. The day we showed up, a former chef dropped by with her daughter. So cute.
I would strongly recommend that people go and eat at Nook. Authentic Italian fare that won’t break your wallet. And a service that really counts at the best moment.
Disclosure: JT paid for both of our dinners on his dime. A review is neither expected nor paid for. All opinions are my own, and I retain editorial control at all times over anything published on my site.