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Gastown’s Notturno Serves Up New Food & Drink, Readies For Special Napa Night


The GOODS from Notturno

Vancouver, BC | We’re launching our new food and cocktail menus this week at Notturno. New additions include the introduction of The Long Board, a daily assortment of terrines, pates, seafood and other delicious treats, as well as an homage to spring – Risotto Milanese with onion cream and ramp butter.

Also new this month are four cocktails for adventure enthusiasts…or just cocktail enthusiasts…or just people who like tasty beverages. For the lightsaber-wielding cocktail aficionado we offer H’s May The Firth Be With You. As an ode to our friends south of the border, we’ve got the Diamondback and Asesino de Burro. And finally, the Trade Routes Punch – we think that one’s pretty self-explanatory.

For those of you who’ve been following our Monthly Wine Dinner Series, we’re excited to announce that next up is the Napa/Sonoma region on Monday, May 25. Menu details and pricing coming soon. With only 10 seats available for this dinner, tickets will sell out fast, so call us today to reserve your spot.

And now for a bit of housekeeping – Bill and H will be in New York on May 15 and 16 attending various cocktail seminars and workshops (read: bars). They’ll be tweeting and instagramming throughout the trip, so make sure to follow them @NotturnoGastown. While they’re away, you’ll be in the very capable hands of Ben DeChamplain, who will be manning the bar. Other items to note, we’ll be closed on Tuesday, May 19, reopening on Wednesday, May 20.


– Pane Bello and Serego Alighieri extra virgin olive oil, maldon salt

– Warm Castelvetrano olives, extra virgin olive oil, cracked chili, maldon salt

– Sous-vide local BC octopus, cannellini beans, fennel salad

– Pork and veal polpette, San Marzano tomato sauce, pecorino cheese

– Veal Tonnato (Carpaccio style), local smoked tuna, bagna cauda foam

– Risotto Milanese with onion cream and ramp butter

– Feature pasta (please ask for details)

– Burrata (choice of): Straight up: Serego Alighieri extra virgin olive oil, maldon salt, cracked pepper; Tomatoes, shallots, fried bread, micro herbs, white wine vinaigrette; or Italian black truffle

– Salumi and cheese board with accoutrements

– The Long Board: Daily assortment of terrines, pates, seafood and accoutrements


– Felice – Grappa, lemon peel and coffee bean essence, Cinzano Rosso vermouth, red wine reduction and white truffle syrup, Aphrodite bitters.

– May The Firth Be With You – Blended Scotch whisky, Jedi blue syrup, lemon juice, egg whites and a Jedi lightsaber garnish.
(Created by H at Notturno, 2014)

– Diamondback – American rye whiskey, apple brandy, green chartreuse.
(Ted Saucier’s Bottoms Up, 1951)

– Asesino de Burro – Pineapple and spice Pisco, green chartreuse, lime, sugar, Angostura bitters and ginger beer.
(Created by Ben DeChamplain at UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar, 2015)

– Trade Routes Punch – Tequila reposado, Mezcal, Benedictine, yerba mate syrup, lime and mole bitters.
(Created by Ben DeChamplain at UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar, 2015)



280 Carrall Street | Vancouver, BC
Telephone: 604-720-3145 | Email: info [at] notturnogastown.ca
Web: www.notturnogastown.ca | Twitter: @notturnogastown
Hours: Open Tuesday to Saturday: 6 p.m. to late | No reservations


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The People


Chef/Co-owner – William Robitaille
Bartender – H
Co-owner – Scott McTavish

About Notturno


A Gastown Italian bàcari with an ever-changing selection of cicchetti share plates, craft cocktails, wines by the glass and BC-brewed craft beers, Notturno has something for everyone.

Chef and co-owner William Robitaille has designed Italian-inspired fare with a focus on seasonal, market-fresh products. Industry trained in the West Coast style with Italian and Spanish influences, Robitaille has worked in some of the finest restaurants in Vancouver and Whistler where he developed new and exciting menus. Wine consultant Chris Royal has curated a wine program that expertly complements the food menu.

Known around the world simply as “H”, Notturno’s craft cocktail maker and Vancouver Magazine’s Bartender of the Year for 2013, designed our signature cocktail Gli Felice. This along with H’s five monthly creations is sure to please every taste. Like our menu, our space delivers an eclectic combination of historic and modern.

The new look by Andrea Rodman Interiors is designed to combine the rustic look synonymous with the surrounding Gastown neighbourhood and modern detailing. Master woodworkers Josh Hooge and Steve McFarlane of J&S Reclaimed Wood Custom Furniture have created a new feature wall and bar counter.



Eater Magazine – Vancouver Heat Map | This tiny bar and restaurant tucked away on Carrall has cocktail fans thoroughly over-excited thanks to bartender H’s creative concoctions – impressively, William Robitaille’s Italian tapas even delighted notoriously hard-to-please Globe & Mail critic Alexandra Gill.

Alexandra Gill, Globe and Mail | Notturno’s signature Gli Felice is, as advertised, “a taste of Tuscany in a glass.” I happily say to you that of all the tiny tapas-style wine bars in Gastown, Notturno hits higher than most.

Vancouver Magazine | Don’t miss chef’s succulent Venetian ling cod, which is poached and whipped with olive oil while warm, then served with salty pops of steelhead roe […] “H” (Vancouver magazine’s 2013 Bartender of the Year) mixes exacting craft cocktails with bitter-predominant Italian flair.


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