News from Scout supporter Adesso Bistro
Vancouver, BC | Adesso Bistro proprietors Carol Gadsby and Luciano Loi invite guests to dine out for an important cause, January 24 to February 6. The charming West End restaurant known for its Ligurian delicacies has partnered with the charity A Loving Spoonful who provide nutritious meals to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS.
“We are pleased to announce the A Loving Spoonful menu and to facilitate the contribution of $5 from every Adesso prix-fixe meal ordered which will support the non-profit society so they can continue to provide free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS,” says Gadsby. “A nurturing spirit and recognition of the importance of food – for sustenance, community and personal connections – tie our restaurant and their mission. It is a wonderful fit. And we believe our guests will embrace this opportunity to donate through a special Adesso dinner created to raise awareness and funds for the cause.” Get all the details and the menu after the jump… Read more
News from Scout supporter Adesso Bistro
Vancouver, BC | Adesso Bistro has perfected the recipe for cozy dining. From now through December 30, the West End eatery will feature an ever-changing three-course prix-fixe menu – available Sunday through Thursday – showcasing a trio of richly satisfying dishes which guests can enjoy in the restaurant’s warm and intimate dining room. As Adesso specializes in cuisine from Italy’s lauded Liguria region, guests can expect to find delicious Northern Italian-inspired creations on the menu, cooked to perfection and served with aplomb. From surf n’ turf starters to hearty main attractions like Queen Charlotte sablefish and braised pork ribs, the dishes are complemented by tasty accompaniments, such as Porcini broth, creamy polenta and warm potato salad. Dessert selections – from orange and mascarpone trifle to coffee semifreddo with walnut chocolate brownies – are sure to put a sweet spin on the evening. Details after the jump… Read more
Main Street’s Cafeteria is now a proud member supporter of Scout. We will be publishing their news and press releases on our front page and hosting a page for them in our list of recommended places to check out. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support of our little website. Click ahead to read on or jump directly to their Scout page. Read more
News from Scout supporter Adesso Bistro
Vancouver, BC | On Thursday, September 9, Adesso Bistro welcomes Jonas Greig, Assistant Winemaker of Laughing Stock Vineyards, for an evening of delicious Italian fare paired with Laughing Stock wines. Executive Chef Sean Sylvestre has crafted a five-course menu that stays true to Adesso’s Liguria-inspired culinary approach. Fresh Qualicum Beach Scallops, Albacore Tuna and Pasta Genovese start the meal, followed by an entrée choice of Lamb Ribeye or rich Vegetarian Risotto. A Mascarpone and Maple Torta with Syrah-poached late summer fruits caps the meal. Each course will showcase a glass of wine – including Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Portfolio (Bordeaux blend) and Syrah – from Naramata’s Laughing Stock Vineyards. Tickets are available by calling the restaurant directly at 604.568.9975. Menu and details after the jump… Read more
Adesso Bistro is now a proud member supporter of Scout. We will be publishing their news and press releases on our front page and hosting a page for them in our list of recommended places to check out. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support of our little website. Click ahead to read on or jump directly to their Scout page… Read more
by Andrew Morrison | It’s not uncommon for eagerly anticipated new restaurants to fall flat on their faces. The service can be skittish, the food unevenly prepared, and the vibe altogether unsettled, but that’s only to be expected with new rooms. I tend to give them the benefit of the doubt, usually by paying them three separate visits. One can’t expect (though it’s entirely reasonable to demand) perfection during the first few weeks. Mistakes — even a horrendous one, or two — are the norm. One dines accordingly, as if in a minefield.
That said, on very rare occasions, a restaurant comes along that’s a genuine pleasure to review straight out of the gate. Cafeteria is one of those. Having opened two weeks ago at Main and 11th, it’s without any noticeable flaws and drunk on that most elusive of hospitality cocktails: experience, mixed with confidence, and good luck. One visit was enough, but I went twice because I liked it so much. Read more
Cafeteria will open its doors softly to friends and family tonight (public this weekend). The new 30 seat restaurant comes to us from industry vets Andrey Durbach and Chris Stewart. As you may recall, they sold their L’Altro Buca restaurant (previously Parkside) in the West End to Carol and Luciano Loi of Adesso Bistro a couple of months ago in order to purchase the Ping’s spot at 2702 Main (details all here).
The focus won’t be cuisine-specific like their two other restaurants, La Buca (Italian) and Pied-a-Terre (French), and much like the original Parkside, the menu will travel quite a bit. They’re aiming for “super casual”, with no dish large or small trespassing beyond the $20 mark. In the end, what I imagine we’ll end up seeing is a playground for chef Durbach’s creativity, which is never a bad thing. All told, I’d count this as a huge win for Main.
I popped in before the doors were unlocked earlier tonight. Click through the menu and the room below…
Chris Stewart and Andrey Durbach (interview) have sold their L’Altro Buca restaurant (formerly Parkside) on Haro St. in the West End to Luciano Loi, who once upon a time owned a Ligurian trat in Kits called Adesso Bistro (now a fratty surf joint called KarV). The ink on the sale has only been dry for a few days, but it’s been long enough for Stewart and Durbach to pounce on a new space – Ping’s Cafe at 2702 Main Street.
We’re working under the assumption that Luciano will likely reprise his regional Italian theme in the L’Altro Buca location (another Adesso Bistro perhaps) but what Stewart and Durbach are going to do on Main is not a total lock. Though this only just happened this morning and they don’t take possession until May 18th, we can tell you that they’re looking to execute a quick turnaround with an opening date set for mid-June. Read more
2702 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Hours of Operation
Cafeteria is open for dinner service seven days a week, 5PM until late.
Andrey Durbach, Chef/Owner
Chris Stewart, Owner
From restaurant duo Andrey Durbach and Chris Stewart comes Cafeteria, a place where comfort food, nostalgia and neighbourhood meet to eat, drink and play.
The restaurant’s revolving offering of childhood favourites and adult indulgences rotates on chef Durbach’s whim with daily menus and inventive offerings of beer and wine displayed on old fashioned letter boards. Zinc tabletops, upholstered banquettes and stripped wooden chairs furnish the room while concrete floors, cedar planks and exposed brick add design zest. A titanium wine rack frames the eastern wall, clutching 600 bottles begging to be opened.
Cafeteria is nestled at 2702 Main Street at 11th avenue and open seven days a week from 5PM until late. The restaurant welcomes walk-in traffic, with a no reservations policy and a pledge to text you when your table is ready. Feel free to explore the neighbourhood while you wait.
Open daily from 5 pm, seven days a week.
Brunch service: Saturday and Sunday, from 10:30am – 3pm.
Owners: Carol Gadsby and Luciano Loi
A Ligurian-concept restaurant owned by Carol Gadsby and Luciano Loi, Adesso Bistro is now open in its new space at 1906 Haro Street. Formerly located in Kitsilano, the restaurant relocated to Vancouver’s vibrant and scenic West End neighbourhood in May 2010.
An intimate 60-seat garden-level space, ideally located near Stanley Park, the restaurant is the perfect neighbourhood enclave for entertaining friends and family. When the sun shines, Adesso’s 40-seat outdoor patio offers an unbeatable al fresco dining experience with a unique urban view amid lush plants and abundant floral displays.
The Italian word adesso means now. At Adesso, ‘now’ refers to modernity and freshness in the impassioned culinary approach and careful hand-picked ingredients. The ‘now’ sentiment echoes throughout Adesso’s menu and interior design. Guests can experience the ever fresh, contemporary take on traditional dishes with Italy’s Liguria region as inspiration. This region is often lauded for its pesto, focaccia, and delicious seafood fare.
Executive Chef Sean Sylvestre, has crafted a menu with a variety of small plates and multiple courses, designed to provide guests with an authentic Italian experience. Antipasti choices include Bison Carpaccio with beet vinaigrette, Oysters in a red wine mignonette, and thin-crust Pizzas. Inaugural entrée dishes showcase an enticing array from land and sea, such as Braised Berkshire Pork Short Ribs alla Genovese, Pacific Halibut all’ Acqua Pazza, and dry-aged Pemberton Meadows Strip Loin. Hearty pasta selections include Linguine alle Vongole and Risotto al Radicchio e Gorgonzola.
Pastry Chef Jason Pitschke presents a dessert menu of decadence. Treats include Milk Chocolate and Ricotta Canoli Crumble and Fragola with Macerated Strawberry.
Adesso’s wine program plays a large role in the guest experience. The wine list focuses primarily on Italian offerings, however, well-chosen bottles from around the world and gems from local wineries are also available – including by the half bottle and glass.
Open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, Adesso guests savour Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs, House-Made Granola with creamy yogurt, or Poached Eggs atop Focaccia paired with Mimosas, Bellinis and Champagne cocktails.
August 5 2010 | The Georgia Straight | Gail Johnson
July 7 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Alexandra Gill
June 21 2010 | MartiniBoys.com
June 18 2010 | The Vancouver Courier | Tim Pawsey
June 2, 2010 | The WestEnder | Andrew Morrison