I went to a little place called Cioppino’s in Yaletown last weekend. Ever heard of it? If not, go. NOW. Although, I don’t know how you haven’t heard of it because it’s continually voted Vancouver’s Best Upscale Italian by Vancouver Magazine and is a mecca for foodies on the hunt for the perfect Italian our little city has to offer.
And it does not disappoint! Me and the boyfriend went with his sister and her husband for dinner and I was blown away. Not only was the food amazing, the service was impeccable (I felt like everyone knew who we were), and the wine list came in its own binder! That wasn’t a typo…binder. The website boasts that their wine list is currently 62 pages long, so that will give you an idea as to how detailed they are, yet also inform you how frustrating it is to pick a wine while dining! Good thing it wasn’t my job – I think I would have gone cross-eyed on the first page.
So, we settled on a beautiful red wine, and here’s where my wine blogger mind goes to mush…I didn’t write down any info or take a photo I know…I should be ashamed, but I was enjoying myself too much and eating all of the delicious food without paying attention. I was thinking I would look it up online later, but they don’t post the wine list because it’s too long! Go figure. The only info I was able to take away was that it was a Valpolicella wine. And it was heaven.
Between the four of us, we had two bottles. It was great by itself and transitioned nicely between all of our dishes (appetizers, entrées, and dessert)! I remember it being a medium-bodied red with hints of cherry and a bit of spice. The colour was stunning, as well.
It was a night to remember and one I would like to replicate soon, if it wasn’t for the price tag. Be warned that this is a high end restaurant…one that is reserved for special occasions and celebrations and not one that can be frequented every weekend unless you’ve got the moola. Every dish was memorable and to prove it to you I’ll just say this: I still dream about Cioppino’s every night.