After completing his culinary training at the Saskatchewan Technical School in 2005, Brian Diamond honed his craft from Saskatoon to eastern Australia. After two years as Il Sogno's sous chef, he accepted the position of executive chef, and combines his philosophy of "simple yet elegant" flavors with Italian traditions to create a menu that's filled with contemporary preparations, such as a duck liver parfait with caraway puree, watercress, and pickled fennel.
Over the last decade, Il Sogno has received a multitude of awards, including the Consumers Choice Best Italian Award in 2010 and the Four Diamond Award by the CAA/AAA in 2009, as cited by a glowing feature in Notable. Beneath 14-foot pressed-tin ceilings, servers transport dishes of roasted duck, house-made pasta, and seasonal seafood through what has been lauded as one of Calgary's most romantic dining rooms. An extensive selection of cocktails and spirits originate from the bar, and a wine list offers well-suited pairings for appetizers, entrees, and white shirts.