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Umberto Menghi To Open Tuscan-Themed “Giardino” Restaurant This Spring


Legendary Vancouver restaurateur Umberto Menghi is opening a new restaurant this Spring in the short-lived Italian Kitchen To Go location at 1328 Hornby Street. It’s to be called “Giardino” – referencing Il Giardino, the storied, decades-old Tuscan restaurant that Menghi, now 67, shuttered almost two years ago after the property had been purchased by condo developers.

The official announcement should come early next week, with Menghi quoted as saying, “Perhaps, in the back of my mind, I always knew my hiatus from the city was not to be forever. It is in my blood.” Like the original eatery, the new address will feature an outdoor garden patio, high ceilings, warm-coloured tiles, and Tuscan-inspired artwork, but Menghi insists that it is not a reopening of Il Giardino. “It’s going to have its own personality,” he says. “I can’t wait to open the doors to guests old and new.”


Kitchen Table Expands to Chinatown: Take a Look Inside New Daytime Deli and Wine-Focused ‘Cantina Di Luigi’

Just a year after opening on E 12th Avenue, Mercato Di Luigi is expanding to Chinatown. The new flagship at 213 E Georgia St features a deli, in-house bakery, and 'Cantina Di Luigi,' a wine-focused restaurant offering evening dining inspired by Italian cantinas.

New Restaurant ‘Selene Aegean Bistro’ Slated to Open in Hastings-Sunrise

The fourth venture from the restaurant group behind Vancouver's popular Nammos Estiatorio, Loula's Taverna, and Ama Raw Bar, aims to open its latest concept this fall.

A Cornerstone of Strathcona Community Life is Reopening Under New Ownership

More than a shopping destination, the new Union Market will be a venue for slowing down and connecting.

Via Tevere’s New Main Street Location Opens May 15th!

The long-time Victoria Drive neighbourhood (and city-wide) favourite is set to migrate its antipasti and Neapolitan-style pizza game westward to a second location on Main Street next week.