Dog-sitting = a trip to La Quercia – April 2011

9 Apr

3689 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V6R 1P2

T: 604 676 1007

Brief Description: A small, intimate neighbourhood restaurant located on the corner of Alma and West 4th, La Quercia offers exceptional Italian food and wine at reasonable prices.

Ever since B and I have been together we have always dreamt of owning a dog. Whilst other couples gaze longingly at babies, we have always “oohed and aahed” over dogs. Until we dog sat. We eagerly volunteered to dog-sit our friend’s dog, Jack, a super cute Boston terrier with an incredible amount of personality. This meant 10 days of early morning walks (in the rain), late night walks (in the rain), and constant monitoring and attention-giving. It was hard work! So, although we love him and it was fun to have his little face around the condo, we are no longer in a rush to buy a puppy. 😦

Our friends were grateful that little Jack didn’t have to spend 10 days in a kennel and so, as a thank you, they took us out for dinner at a restaurant of our choice. We chose to return to La Quercia as it has been almost a year since our last visit. We find the small and intimate La Quercia is less formal than fine dining so that makes it an ideal dinner spot for a date or special occasion.

This time around we opted for à la carte rather than the alla famiglia (a chef’s menu that everyone at the table shares). Although I like eating my own meal, I still have really fond memories of the alla famiglia so I would still recommend that for first time visitors. Since learning how to make pasta by hand, and realizing how much work goes into it, I always try to order pasta at places that make it from scratch. Therefore, I had no choice other than to order a pasta, the garganelli carbonara, to start my meal. The pasta was perfectly al dente but I would have preferred a little more of the sauce.

My main course was the lamb shoulder with rapini and lentils. A delightful slight crust on the meat gave way to tender lamb that was falling off the bone (like lamb should). There was, dare I say it, too much meat for this part-time vegetarian but that’s what B is for…to vaccum it up. At $27 I found the lamb to be good value for money.

One my fondest memories of our first visit to La Quercia was of the blueberry semifreddo, a creamy yet fruity semi-frozen dessert. So, not surprisingly, one of my fondest memories of our most recent trip is also of the semifreddo, this time in raspberry. Made from real fruit, the flavours of the semifreddo were vibrant and tangy which paired well with the delicate raspberry mousse and lemon cake. I found the cake to be slightly dry but still a nice way to end a great meal.

One of the things that we  are still talking about is the complimentary bread that was chewy on the inside, yet crunchy on the outside. We both said later that if we hadn’t been in company we would have each happily devoured a basket of that bread!

Final Thoughts: La Quercia is still a winner as a romantic neighbourhood restaurant that serves up unpretentious, authentic Italian cuisine. Our evening was totally worth the 10 days of early morning dog-walks and cleaning up dog pee.

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4 Responses to “Dog-sitting = a trip to La Quercia – April 2011”

  1. Nick April 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    Jack had a great 10 days… he misses you guys.

    • greedyguts April 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

      He is welcome back anytime (for a night or two!). 😀


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