The spaghetti-Western film genre is noted for its good use of extreme close-ups, its bad use of tomato sauce during gunfights, and its ugly use of Clint Eastwood’s puppetry skills. Get a fistful of Western-less spaghetti with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of modern Italian cuisine at Adesso Bistro on Haro Street.
With a specific focus on the cuisine of northwestern Italy's coastal Liguria region, Adesso Bistro dishes out modern Italian fare in a laid-back, leisurely atmosphere. Peruse the menu and select from a variety of antipasti, salads, pastas, and signature dishes. Venture solo into a plateful of dry-aged Pemberton Meadows strip loin ($23), or conscript a faithful squire to join you in the Heritage Bistecca alla Fiorentina for two, an enormous 32-ounce porterhouse steak joined by cannellini beans and broccollini ($60). To avoid awkward eye contact with the Cyclops at the next table, linger over the long wine list or choose a cocktail to politely sip.
Adesso Bistro received positive reviews from the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Courier, and Vancouver Foodster. The location also won two Diners' Choice awards from OpenTable diners, who give it a 4.2-star average.
- Trust me, I'm not being the least bit hyperbolic when I tell you that this was one of my very best meals this year. – Alexandra Gill, Globe and Mail
- Adesso is lucky to have a talented culinary team of passionate chefs in the kitchen, looking forward to my return visit. – Richard Wolak, Vancouver Foodster
With a menu that introduces traditional Italian fare to a modern culinary sensibility, Adesso Bistro's chefs have garnered acclaim from a host of publications including the Vancouver Courier and the Globe and Mail. "Adesso" translates to "now" in Italian, symbolizing the culinary artisans' commitment to turning fresh locally sourced and organic ingredients into vibrant plates that carry the flavours of Italy's northwestern coastal region Liguria. Known for its capital city of Genoa, the seafood-loving region is dotted with small towns that produce dynamic takes on Italian staples such as foccaccia, pesto, and calamari. Adesso's owners line its facade with lush vegetation and accent the dining room with dark wood tables and chairs. Servers bring imported and local wines to tables dotting the outdoor patio among neatly trimmed bushes and the sweet sounds of the eatery's three squirrel tenors.