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Sydney ’ s The Forks Market , 2nd floor , 204‐942‐6075 . This nationally acclaimed restaurant offers a five‐course evening menu for a fixed price of $ 55 . Chef / owner Michael Schafer uses ingredients culled from Israel to Hawaii . WA , LP , SP , A , IA , M , V
ITALIAN / CLASSIC
Brooklynn ’ s Bistro 177 Lombard , 204‐415‐4112 . A lofty and elegant room features wood-fired pizzas and polenta with truffles . WA , A , IA , M , V Colosseo Restorante 670 Corydon Ave , 204‐284‐4977 . House-made , classic Italian fare makes this the place for Italian cravings . A warm and friendly environment makes this a favourite for many family outings . WA , SP , LP , M , V , IA Mona Lisa 1697 Corydon Ave , 204-488‐3687 . The cuisine of the Grande family ’ s southern Italy home has been offered for more than 20 years . Several house-made pastas , traditional and gourmet pizzas . WA , LP , SP , A , IA , M , V , ATM Monticchio 684 Osborne St , 204-477‐4773 . This South Osborne mainstay serves traditional recipes in a contemporary space . Try the signature breaded veal topped with kalamata olives and Provolone cheese . WA , LP , A , IA , M , V Tre Visi Café 926 Grosvenor Ave , 204‐475‐4447 . Chef / owner Giacomo Appice is the talent behind this sophisticated bistro . His nationally recognized Italian- Mediterranean cuisine incudes the city ’ s most sumptuous gnocchi . WA , LP , A , IA , M , V
Vera Pizzeria 670 Osborne St , 204‐222‐6306 . A simple menu of Neapolitan-style pizza features clean preparation of high quality ingredients . IA , M , V
ITALIAN / CONTEMPORARY
Amici 326 Broadway , 204-943‐4997 . Executive Chef Patrick Shrupka leads a talented kitchen team that turns out inspired Northern Italian cuisine in an elegant space . WA , LP , A , IA , M , V Bellissimo 1‐877 Waverley St , 204-489‐0495 . This surprisingly sophisticated neighbourhood spot offers sublime fare , like the signature chicken linguine in Amaretto cream sauce . WA , LP , SP , A , IA , M , V Bombolini 326 Broadway , 204-943‐5066 . This wine bar offers an extensive menu of simpler , less‐expensive versions of Amici ’ s fine Italian cuisine in a bistro atmosphere . WA , LP , A , IA , M , V bestlist
Cafe Carlo 243 Lilac St , 204-477‐5544 . This cozy , chic and consistent bistro serves dishes spiked with equatorial tastes and textures . Those in the know come for stellar house-cut steaks . Reservations recommended . WA , LP , IA , M , V , A Cafe la Scala 725 Corydon Ave , 204-474‐2750 . Tony Tascona masterpieces decorate the walls while the kitchen does artistic dishes such as La Scala dumplings with ginger garlic chile cream sauce . LP , SP , A , IA , M , V Carbone 400-1580 Taylor Ave , 204‐488‐2554 ; 260 St Mary Ave , 204‐691‐2213 . Extra crispy crusts are the result of an 850 ° F coal-fired oven at this chic pizza place . Tantalizing toppings include arugula , calabrese salami and Parmesan . Try coal-fired wings . WA , LP , IA , A , M , V . Cibo Waterfront Cafe 339 Waterfront Dr , 204‐594‐0339 . Renovated heritage space boasts one of the best views in the city . Mediterranean small plates have big , bold flavours . LP , SP , A , IA , M , V . Teo ’ s & Mano A Mano 691 Corydon Ave , 204‐414‐6305 . This sleek resto and lounge serves woodfired pies built on Nonna ’ s fresh dough . Fresh pasta , stellar seafood starters . IA , V , M , SP , LP . Nicolino ’ s 4‐2077 Pembina Hwy , 204-269‐5004 . Owner Nick Zifarelli oversees a menu of rustic Italian classics that sparkles with innovative Canadian / regional specialties . WA , LP , SP , A , IA , M , V Pizzeria Gusto 404 Academy Rd , 204‐944‐8786 . The wood-fired oven and contemporary pies , dressed with unique toppings like pear and rosemary , draw a crowd to this posh bistro . WA , LP , A , IA , M , V Tapastry 620 Niakwa Rd , 204‐256‐7326 . Situated adjacent lush Niakwa golf course , this upscale space offers stand-out Italy influenced tapas . WA , LP , A , IA , M , V
JAPANESE
Blüfish 179 Bannatyne Ave , 204-779‐9888 . This chic sushi spot balances sophistication with a healthy dose of fun . Try playful pan-seared cuttlefish with ginger-laced teriyaki sauce . LP , A , IA , M , V Ichiban 189 Carlton St , 204-925‐7400 . A Winnipeg tradition for over 30 years , teppanyaki-style fresh entrées are cooked with panache by talented chefs . WA , LP , A , IA , M , V Meiji 454 River Ave , 204-284‐3996 . Offers unique house rolls like tropical and fashion roll . The ambiance and location make this sushi spot a memorable one . Try a fancy drink from attached G Martini Bar . LP , A , IA , M , V
Naru Sushi 159 Osborne St , 204-888‐0028 . The dark wood decor sets a sleek , urban mood . Menu offers traditional and fusion dishes . The moonbow roll is beautifully presented with colour coordinated roe and sauces . LP , SP , A , IA , M , V Wasabi / Wasabi on Broadway / Wasabi Sabi 105‐121 Osborne St , 204-474‐2332 ; 588 Broadway , 204-774-4328 ; 3-1360 Taylor Ave , 204‐415‐7878 . New‐school sushi is taken to new creative heights at all locations . Visually stunning rolls leave a lasting impression . Take a seat at the sushi bar just to watch the volcano roll erupt . WA , LP , SP , A , IA , M , V Yujiro Japanese Restaurant 1822 Grant Ave , 204-489‐9254 . Masa Sugita ’ s stylish incarnation of this former take-out spot is an ideal stop for traditional rolls . Try the delicate kaisou salad , mixed seaweed bathed in yuzu dressing . WA , LP , IA , M , V
KOREAN
IGI BBQ & Sushi Bistro 10-1875 Pembina Hwy , 204‐477‐9909 . Its all about table-top , do-it-yourself barbeque at this new all-you-caneat Japanese and Korean focused restaurant . WA , LP , A , IA , M , V
MEXICAN
Burrito Del Rio 433 River Ave , 204-415‐5600 ; 775 Corydon Ave , 204‐414‐2440 . This Tex-Mex eatery offers made-to-order favourites , including fajitas , burritos and quesadillas . Try unique garnishes like lime sour cream and chilli-roasted corn . WA , LP , SP , A , IA , M , V Carlos & Murphy ’ s 129 Osborne St , 204-284‐3510 . Serves Mexican cantina food such as taco salads , hot wings , chimichangas , heaping Carlos nachos and renowned iced margaritas . WA , LP , SP , A , IA , M , V Don Pedro ’ s Authentic Mexican Grill 114 Market Ave , 204‐956‐7465 . The chef prepares a full menu of authentic Mexican treats . This heritage space is decorated with eye-catching souvenirs from south of the border . Free chips and salsa at every table . WA , LP , IA , M , V JC ’ s Tacos and More 187 Henderson Hwy , 204‐414‐9187 ; 2651 Portage Ave , 204‐415‐3326 ; 20 Island Shore Blvd , 204‐927‐2150 . These cheerful restaurants instantly offer house-made juices and madefrom-scratch dishes like pupsas , tortas and tacos . WA , IA , V , LP , M Los Chicos Restaurante Cantina 1715 Kenaston Blvd , 204‐938‐2229 . A family-friendly menu lists five types of tacos alongside enchiladas , tostadas , chili and fajitas . WA , LP , SP , IA , V , M , A
44 ciao ! / feb / mar / two thousand fifteen