It had been a really long time since I last met up with Chris. When he suggested that we meet up for lunch at Italian Kitchen, I thought it was a great idea. I had only been to Italian Kitchen one other time but didn’t have my camera with me so I didn’t write a review. I thought this would be a good opportunity to do a revisit. I arrived just after noon and although it was bustling, there were still a few tables available. Our server took us to a nice window seat upstairs so we were able to do some people watching while we ate and caught up. While I perused the menu, I quenched my thirst with a cranberry soda.
I always found the Global Group restaurants’ Lunch 45 options to be a fairly good deal and I always liked how they were served quite timely so I decided to go for the porchetta panini, which came with a pesto nocciole salad.
The pork in the porchetta was more tender than it looked but I would have liked for there to be the crispy cracklings that is generally present in porchetta as well. Instead, most of the crunch came from the buttery grilled foccaccia. The quince flavour was actually quite strong and provided a hint of sweetness that went pretty well with this sandwich but I thought the pork could have had a little more flavour than just relying on the quince.
The pesto nocciole salad was interesting. The little pieces of what I’m assuming are nocciole pasta exhibited a nice chewiness and the diced cucumbers provided the requisite crunch. Although the pesto was good, the olives were too salty for my taste and ended up overwhelming the delicate pasta.
Chris ordered the spaghetti and spicy kobe meatballs. Although he didn’t mention much about it one way or another, he seemed to enjoy it quite a bit and didn’t have any complaints.
I had a nice time catching up with Chris. As with my experience at most Glowbal Group restaurants, the food was acceptable but not necessarily spectacular. For the price you pay, you can probably find something better elsewhere but the ambience is pretty good and has offerings that appeal to most people so it is easy to organize a dinner there for larger groups.
1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver