Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances, and, in extreme cases, induce dogs to attack. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a three-course prix fixe Italian dinner at Q4 Ristorante on West Fourth Avenue (a $60 value).
Q4 Ristorante, named one of Vancouver magazine's best venues for formal Italian dining in 2010, quells hunger with a three-course tasting menu packed with multiple selections of palatable appetizers, enticing entrees, and delectable desserts. A choice of pink-peppercorn- and rock-salt-crusted tuna or spinach salad prep mandibles to wrap around orange glazed oven-roasted salmon. Meanwhile, New York strip loin sates carnivorous cravings, and fettuccine tartufate stirs memories of swims through Venice's noodle-filled canals. For dessert, a sour-cherry-and-red-wine reduction cascades down vanilla-bean mascarpone whip and candied pastry in a ciliege filate.
The restaurant's crimson walls, hanging wrought-iron chandeliers, and tabletop candles radiate a soft glow over stained mahogany tables, intricately hand-painted floors, and the occasional wine-bottle stampede. Surrounded by shelves brimming with potent potables, myriad table settings accommodate party sizes ranging from one-on-one romantic dinners to large superhero gatherings.
2611 W 4th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 3V9