In the wild, pasta grows in undulating sheets, halted only by the expert sculptors who harvest and carve it into miniature masterpieces ready for the pot. Appreciate art al dente with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Vinnie’s Pasta Bar on Inglis Street.
At Vinnie’s, an old-school trattoria with the feel of an undiscovered treasure, diners savour a full range of pastas and other classic Italian cuisine. Warm up for a culinary triathlon with the garlic cheese flatbread ($6), or get green and crunchy with the spinach salad, a cornucopia of baby spinach, mushrooms, egg, and creamy bacon dressing ($4 for a small, $7 for a large). The farmhouse soup ($5), like a hearty pioneer homestead, is rich with oven-roasted vegetables and invitations to barn raisings. For the main course, pastas include chicken and mushroom on penne ($14) and Mediterranean shrimp linguine, with shrimp, bacon, feta, and peppers ($14). Vinnie’s 10-inch thin-crust pizzas ($12) include four-cheese, vegetarian, Italian sausage and peppers, and pepperoni varieties. Regulars also have a multi-layered crush on the meat lasagna ($13).
The warm, muted tones and old-world feel of the dining room make for a coziness rivaled only by a plate of feather-stuffed ravioli wrapped in Polar fleece. For diners in the middle of constructing a life-size Tuscan villa within their home kitchen, taking out Vinnie’s fresh-baked bread and classic cuisine is an equally attractive option.
Vinnie's Pasta Bar has been reviewed in The Coast, with more than 25 people giving it an average of four stars. Six Yelpers give it a three-star average, three TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes, and 91 per cent of Urbanspooners recommend it.
Vinnie's Pasta Bar
Vinnie's Pasta Bar's unassuming exterior of muted green brick and a petite awning opens to a quaint dining space filled with warmth. Red tiled flooring, golden-hued walls, and droplet-shaped ceiling lamps surround patrons as they settle into tables topped in red and gold linens. The kitchen staff dispenses thin-crust pizzas and classic pastas to sate Italian cravings, although patrons seeking more eclectic entrees can opt for red curry chicken or Cajun fettucine.