The sudden onset of hunger pains is the leading cause of unfinished novels, cancelled duels, and tied soccer matches. Today's deal employs delicious Italian cuisine to cut down on unfinished business: for $12, you get $25 worth of Northern Italian cuisine and drinks at Ristorante La Piola, located by the corner of Quadra Street and Tolmie Avenue.
Powered by the sustainable bounty of local producers, Ristorante La Piola crafts rustic Italian dishes that brim with freshness and authentic flavour. Galvanize the gastronomical gala with an order of the cotto verde ($10), a salad of prosciutto, capers, and caramelized onions and fresh greens harvested directly from island farms. The carne pizza's salami sopressa and Village butcher sausage toppings are laid to sleep on pillows of crust culled from the Italian bakery next door ($16). Chef Jolyon Ade sculpts classic pasta in-house with durum semolina wheat and free-range local eggs, before employing it in such dishes as the carbonara ($16) and puttanesca ($16). Like spy toupees, La Piola's carne and pesce offerings change regularly, based on local and import availability.
The extensive drinks menu affords dozens of red, white, sparkling, and malted options for toasting friends or roasting derelict crossing guards.
Ristorante La Piola's commitment to sustainability goes hand-in-hand with its dedication to making palates purr. All fish come from local waters, melding lip-smacking freshness with a light ecological footprint, while the dozens of local farms and organic producers that supply the balance of La Piola's savoury ingredients provide eaters with an experience that's both ethical and epicurean. Kitchen waste is composted whenever possible, reducing landfill impact by up to 75%, nearly twice as effective as trying to convince siblings to subsist on a diet of cheese husks. Ristorante La Piola is open for both lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended.
- La Piola is a great little restaurant with amazing food. They don't have the largest menu, mostly pasta, pizza and other dishes. However they focus largely on using local foods and ingredients that are currently in season, which I think is amazing. – begreen, Dine Here reviewer
- The food is excellent, the staff friendly and knowledgeable, the place is both totally relaxed and totally professional. – Dan, Urbanspoon
Hillside - Quadra - Downtown Blanshard
3189 Quadra St.
Victoria, British Columbia V8X 1E9Get Directions