5 must-try dishes from newly-opened Italian spot Cardinale

Sep 26 2017, 3:14 am

The sister restaurant to Kensington’s Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey BBQ spot, Cardinale, officially opened its doors a few weeks ago – and let’s just say we are glad bathing suit season is over.

This eatery has freshly-made pasta that we can’t stay away from.

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Patrons who have eaten at the modern Italian spot in the historic Dafoe Building in Victoria Park will tell you: the grub is good, and the stiff craft cocktails are even better.

This eatery now operates in the former space of Italian joints Gnocchi’s Pasta House, Valenti’s, and most recently La Vita E Bella.

If you have been yet – get your stretchy pants on and take some notes – here are 5 must-try dishes from newly-opened Cardinale Restaurant.


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Veal ribeye with Italian bbq sauce and grilled lemons, what could be better?

This spread includes prawns, scallops, mussels, squid, anchovy, and Calabrian Chile on fresh linguine noodles.


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A dish of salt-baked prawns, jalapeños, pickled fennel, basil, and garlic aioli.


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Sicilian pea pesto, sundried tomatoes, micro greens, and whipped ricotta make up this dreamy creation.

Polpette Sandwich

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Cardinale Restaurant

Address: 401 12 Avenue SE
Instagram: @cardinaleyyc

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