|Cuisine Type |||Italian|
|Meals Served |||Lunch, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Great Wine List, Notable Chef, Party Space|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||17 Avenue West near Westbrook Mall|
|Cross Street |||17th Ave SW and 37th St SW|
|Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11:30AM-2:00PM, Mon-Fri: 5:00PM-10:00PM, Sat: 5:30PM-10:00PM, Sun closed|
Profile Last Updated: December 01, 2008
Newly relocated from the Beltline, Il Pescatore now resides in the trendy 17 Avenue shopping district. A family run establishment where nothing is pre-cooked, the focus is on freshness and good quality authentic cuisine. Specializing in seafood, their menu boasts 20 different pasta dishes, 15 veal dishes and 10 chicken options in addition to a variety of appetizers, salads and soups. Reservations, while not necessary, are highly recommended, especially on the weekends.
One of the showpieces of Il Pescatore is the cioppino, invented by Italian immigrants who worked on the docks in San Franciso. The cioppino at Il Pescatore includes scallops, shrimp, clams, calamari and crab in a rich and spicy tomato-based broth. Another signature dish is their clam linguini. The sauce is rich, just garlicky enough and very creamy. The clams are tender and flavorful. If you want to sample a wide variety of seafood, the seafood platter has a plethora of different items including lobster and sea bass.
Those of you who are looking for something in traditional should sample the classic veal scaloppini. Lightly breaded, cooked until tender but still crisp on the outside and served with a sauce that’s a fusion between lemon, olive oil and butter with just a breath of garlic, it will definitely satisfy a craving.
Popular Lunch spot
Open since 1999, this venue can accommodate 130 people for a corporate events, social functions or unique celebrations. There is a private dining room available for 10-12 patrons. One daily lunch special is offered, with Thursday being Seabass day.
Rated as one of the top downtown restaurants, Il Pescatore has been given a five star rating for their food and ambience. The Calgary Sun’s Louis B. Hobson says this Italian eatery has some of the city’s best seafood. This licensed establishment has high chairs and booster seats to accommodate families. Gift certificates are available and are valid until one year from the date of purchase.