By: Mark Sutherland
Since being named ‘Best New Restaurant in Canada’ by enRoute Magazine in 2009, Cibo Trattoria has been a mainstay in Vancouver’s Italian dining scene. Being located in the heart of Vancouver’s Arts & Culture district, Cibo Trattoria is a popular place for pre-theatre dining. However, Cibo Trattoria also does a fresh, organic and local approach of Italian fare to weekend brunch. And with their cozy, 50-seat dining room inside the Moda Hotel, it’s the perfect little escape as fall approaches.
The menu ranges from comfort foods to options for the more adventurous, while delivering lovely little Italian twists. My family often takes a similar approach when making French Toast by using panettone – a traditional Italian loaf filled with raisins and candied fruit, typically consumed over the holidays. The light texture of the loaf impecably soaks up the egg for this dish. Accompanied with strips pancetta and a bourbon, maple syrup, this is definitely brunch made for those with a sweet tooth! A little fruit compote would nicely round this one out!
You know how the best part of brunch is taking foods you love having for lunch and dinner, then slapping a few eggs on it and calling it brunch? Dishes such as the Crispy Polenta with wild oregano, soft scrambled eggs, pancetta, pecorino and pepper, or the Poached Eggs with prosciutto, grilled focaccia, greens, aged balsamic and parmesan do exactly that! Not to mention that the crispy polenta was prepared to perfection with a crunchy exterior and smooth interior.
A standout dish for us was the Italian Black Pudding with crispy potatoes, fried egg and aged balsamic. Executive Chef Faizal Kassam takes the English tradition to a whole new place. Using orange and cinnamon to flavour the pudding, while taking away the oats to make it soft and moist, the black pudding is something to write home about! With a fried egg on top and perfectly crispy potatoes on the side, I will definitely be going back for more!
The Homemade Cottechino Sausage with braised tomato, bacon & cannellini beans, spinach, olive crumbs & fried egg was another favourite. The slab of sausage was beautifully seasoned and splendidly paired over the bed of beans, bacon, tomatoes and spinach. And of course, with a fried egg on top, you can call it brunch! For anyone seeking a complex, savoury experience, this one if for you!
Dedicated to using fresh, local ingredients (mainly coming from their own Campagna Farm in Abbotsford, BC), dishes are plentiful and delicately prepared at Cibo Trattoria. The staff and setting are warm and inviting, making it an ideal spot to while away the morning over lattes, or even pick up where you left off the night before with some brunch cocktails!
— Mark Sutherland
900 Seymour Street, Vancouver BC
Brunch – 7am to 2pm, Saturday & Sunday