Commercial Drive’s Livia to Celebrate Day of Love With Special Tasting Menu


Vancouver, BC | Continue the city’s love affair with Italian cuisine and celebrate amore with a cozy dinner at neighbourhood hotspot LIVIA (1399 Commercial Drive). Available for one evening only on February 14th, La Festa Degli Innamorati is a four-course tasting menu featuring Roman-inspired dishes, paired with wines and amaros.

“I always feel like our space becomes so romantic in the evenings,” says Claire Livia Lassam, who co-owners LIVIA with husband Jordan Pires. “The lights get dim, and it really becomes a room you want to cozy into. It’s very intimate at night. ”

La Festa Degli Innamorati features four-courses by chef James Frost for $50 per person, and optional wine pairings selected by Pires for $45 per person. Guests can also add West Coast Oysters ($3 each) and/or cheese and preserves ($9 per person) to the menu.

La Festa Degli Innamorati

Prosciutto Di Parma
Insalata Mista

Ravioli Quattro Formaggio e Tartufo

Braised Veal Cheeks & Polenta

Chocolate Cherry Tart

“We’ve been expanding our amaro and cocktail lists lately, and always encourage our guests to stay a bit later, to try something new,” says Pires.

Reservations are recommended for Friday, February 14, 2020. Though the Valentine’s Day tasting menu is only available for one evening, LIVIA’s dinner service is open Thursdays to Saturdays, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The bar is open until late. Guests can further enjoy LIVIA’s Roman Italian-inspired menu at breakfast and lunch, from 7 a.m., Tuesdays to Sundays.

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About LIVIA | On a bright corner of Commercial Drive, Livia is the life’s work of a baker and a bartender. Inspired by the kind of cafes we visited in Europe and New York, Livia is a place to grab a loaf of bread and coffee in the morning, to meet friends over lunch and a glass of wine, and to cozy into a date for dinner. During the day you’ll find staff stocking our 13-foot-high bread wall full of blistered sourdoughs and hawking pastries at the counter, as well as serving up bowls of polenta with poached eggs, and mortadella breakfast sandwiches. At night, ceramic bowls of freshly made pastas are brought to candlelit tables, alongside a thoughtfully curated wine list.

With a firm belief that every detail should be cared for, your coffee will be a custom blend roasted up the street and served in a custom mug, and the chili flakes you’ve asked to scatter on your raviolo are sourced from our favourite farm and dried in house. A seat at the bar encourages a peruse of our classic cocktails and lovingly built vermouth and amaro list. Rooted in the warmth of a neighbourhood cafe, and the paired down simplicity of Italian food, it’s the place we want to go to in our community.

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