Lunch at La Pentola Della Quercia

Kind of a laidback long weekend. We did lunch at La Pentola in Yaletown (in the Opus Hotel). Finally! We’ve been meaning to try this place after La Ghianda closed down.

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It was quite dead inside around 1:00pm. There was only one other table occupied — a couple guys talking about BUSINESS crap…”blah blah blah, I think you should present it to the team blah blah blah we had a thousand dollar bottle of wine blah blah blah work hard play hard blah blah blah”…

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Brunchy stuff for the hotel guests…

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And more Italian stuff.

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We were just here for our pasta fix.

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FREE WATER!

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Great bread. The waitress said they got a new pastry chef and since then the bread’s improved a lot. Ciabatta on the left and brie/walnut/carmelized onion on the right. Even Wendy loved the brie/walnut/onion bread (cuz she didn’t see any onion bits). I don’t think real Italians dip their bread in olive oil but whatevs.

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Linguini Putanesca. Lots of savoury olive/anchovy/caper flavour. Perfectly al dente.

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Spaghetti Bolognese. Wendy loved this. Also cooked perfectly. Meaty and tasty.

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We had to get Swish Chard with raisins, capers and pine nuts to share. They forgot the pine nuts…

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…so Wendy asked about them and they brought out a dish of them. Pine nuts are expensive! We nibbled on a few and brought the rest home and threw them into another swiss chard dish! 😛

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I think this says it all…

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