To conclude our epic Vancouver Eatfest (I know, it’s about darn time I got all these food posts up, nearly 2 months after the actual trip!), we were craving something non-Asian for our palates.  Mark thought pizza would be a swell idea, however it appears that the Vancouver food scene has a weakness… PIZZA!  I googled, read reviews, and googled some more, and there didn’t seem to be a particularly good pizza place in Vancouver for us to try (except for Pizzeria Barbarella, but they were closed over Easter long weekend).

The next best thing was to find an Italian joint and Zefferelli’s fit the bill – it had good reviews and it was within a decent walking distance on Robson Street, so we set out on a beautiful Monday evening for a quick jaunt.

Zefferelli’s is located right beside one of many Cactus Club Cafes, just up a set of stairs.  It doesn’t look like much at all from the outside, but as soon as you get up the stairs, you’re greeted by a beautiful aroma of Italian food and a warm, inviting interior of dark woods and a wall of fine wines.  It was fairly quiet when we got there, so we snagged one of the prime window seats overlooking Robson Street.

Our friendly server came by with a basket of fresh bread and homemade tomato sauce for dipping.  Whoever advises against eating the complimentary bread at restaurants clearly does not appreciate the deliciousness of free carbs.

Mark had clearly planted the pizza seed in my brain.  I decided to go with the Pizza Margherita (mozzarella, basil, tomato sauce).  Mark went with a recommendation from our server – Tortellini Gorgonzola (bacon & creamy blue cheese sauce).  We settled into the free carbs and mused that it was pretty quiet for being nearly 7pm (only 3-4 other tables were occupied).

It wasn’t long before our meals were delivered.  The pizza was just right.  Perfectly thin, crispy crust with really fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella.  Yum!  Can’t beat simplicity.

As much as Mark enjoyed the tortellini, I think it became too rich for him due to the bacon and cream sauce.  He made a pretty good dent on it, even though he had a slice of my pizza.

And we couldn’t resist getting a dessert, so we settled on the affogato (homemade gelato with a shot of espresso, topped with shaved white chocolate).

By the time we finished, the restaurant was abuzz with a lot more tables.  I guess 7pm is early for dinner on a Monday night?

We really enjoyed our meal at Zefferelli’s.  It was a nice way to end our Eatfest and we’ll certainly go back for more the next time we have a craving for comforting Italian food.

Zefferelli’s Spaghetti Joint
1136 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 1B2
Phone: (604) 687-0655
http://zefferellis.com

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