I guess I am known to eat ghetto meals but sometimes I get fancy.

If you haven't been to Cioppino's I recommend that you go to have an amazing experience. For some reason at this high end eating establishments I feel compelled to order an appetizer and a drink, so I started with a Caesar, and an appetizer of mussels. Both were very tasty.

For dinner, we ordered
Fettuccine with classic meat sauce “alla bolognese” | $ 25.00
Linguine with half lobster, tomato-cream-lobster sauce | $ 35.00

I normally would pick an animal that came from our local waters and pick crab over lobster but based on a recommendation I ordered the lobster. 35 dollars is pricey for a meal but a lobster is not a cheap animal (although the market price for lobster has dropped significantly) and this dish was fantastic. Tomato cream sauce, basil, a hint of sweet chili oil, an amazing crustacean and an al dente pasta makes for a fantastic meal. The bolognese was also very tasty but their use of short ribs for their meat sauce made it very rich, still delicious.

The atmosphere is fantastic, and Chef Pino even came out to ask us how our meal was (a nice added touch). For dessert the short heart chocolate cake is incredible. Not your cheapest meal but definitely a fantastic one.

Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill
1129 Hamilton Street

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Nicholas said... @ December 8, 2009 at 9:17 PM

I had my first visit to Cioppino's on the weekend. One of the best meals I have ever had in VanCity. Worth the hype.

Also, I think Lou Diamond Phillips was there too. La Bamba!!!!!

Etienne de Cochon said... @ December 9, 2009 at 9:26 AM

Matt, did the pasta look hand-made fresh or was it dehydrated/from-a-box?

I'm a huge fan of Lombardo's because their pasta doesn't look like it came from grandma catelli's cellar.

Anonymous said... @ December 9, 2009 at 9:05 PM

Doing it right Matt

I go to Pinos as often as my budget allows....always top notch.The pricing is very fair compaired to any other Big City.
And they have the cities best reputation and service.

Gyromite said... @ December 13, 2009 at 10:10 AM


lol to your catelli reference.

This meal was a while ago and I do not recall if it had the looks of hand made or from a box. I asked my dining parter and she cannot remember either.

Maybe i'll email them and get back to you.

I need to check lombardos again, it has been some time.

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