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A good Italian Restaurant in Nanaimo

Nanaimo, for whatever reason, has not had a truly Italian restaurant for years, and happily, there is now a very good newcomer on the dining scene. The Grapevine Trattoria in the city's old quarter (it used to be Christo's Greek restaurant) is a wonderful example of experienced people opening an establishment that understands the market. Well prepared Italian fare (not the ubiquitous "Mediterranean" we are all too often subjected to in the Hub City) is the order of the day, combined with exceptional service. I'm the guy that posted the less than flattering review of Kasira Thai on another thread, and many responded by excusing the place because it was new. The Grapevine demonstrates that if you know what you're doing, you can come out of the gate running. I had the osso bucco special which was exceptional ($16 and included a delicious salad prepared at tableside), while my wife had the platter for the undecided. It contained portions of linguine alfredo, lasagna and chicken parmeggiano. This huge platter ($19) could feed two, and although it wasn't the best we've ever tasted, it was satisfactory. A third person at our table enjoyed a cioppino (an Italian seafood stew with broth). It was brimful with crab legs, mussels, clams, scallops, salmon and halibut, and was wonderful. By the way, homemade warm breadsticks are complimentary. The wine list is adequate and fairly priced. Desserts looked fantastic, but we were stuffed and will leave more room next time. We rejoice! Try this place folks.

The Grapevine Trattoria 335 Wesley St., Nanaimo, BC V9R 2T6 Phone: 250-754-5505