Pino’s Vino e Cucina

Pino’s Vino e Cucina looks simple in an old-world European way. Inside you’ll see sport shorts, thongs and kids, that’s the kind of restaurant it is: elegant but relaxed. The white-washed walls of the old pizza shop have been replaced with bare brick sporadically adorned with Italian scenes, worn but charming wooden fittings and a long bar.

The menu is in sync with the mood; not strictly traditional but certainly Italian in philosophy and style. Rather than the usual rockmelon, buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto are paired with grilled pears; the homemade tonnarelli (like a thick spaghetti) – stacked with soft, saucy mussels – has bite and gusto; the tortelloni – stuffed with a mousse-like mix of mushrooms and topped with Genovese walnut pesto – is oddly light. A trifle-like dessert has well-proportioned layers of strawberry-and-champagne granita, cream and fruit.

The drinks list includes the Reverse Sake, a crushed-ice drink like granita. The mostly organic wine list mixes local and Italian bottles. The bar and kitchen work in tandem, using each other’s waste and pairing up on flavours.

Updated: February 4th, 2019

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