Easter dinner in Vancouver: CinCin - an Italian affair
With Easter just around the corner, many of us are looking forward to Easter egg hunts and family feasts. Over Easter from March 29 to April 1, CinCin on Robson street will be offering some inspiring Italian dishes on their new Spring menu that cater to this holiday. Known for their modern sophistication and their acclaimed chef Andrew Richardson, CinCin will provide you with delicious flavours and a memorable experience during this special occasion.
First off, CinCin has a spectacular award-winning wine collection of over 800 labels. Here you can find wines that originate anywhere from Italy to California. For a nice prosecco to start your meal with, the Nino Franco Rustico from Veneto, Italy is a fantastic choice. This sparkling wine is light and features fresh fruity flavours.
Other than wine, CinCin also has an extensive cocktail menu. In fact, they have a cocktail called Vancouver that is an undoubted favourite of locals. A gin-based drink with orange bitters and lemon zest, this cocktail is great for those who are seeking a punch of intense flavours.
For the Primi, the tartare di tonno is an excellent refreshing start to any dinner. It features albacore tuna tartare with fresh lemon, radish salad, and crostini. This dish serves very well with the sweetness of a dry white wine, particularly the Laroche le Chantrerie Premier Cru Chablis from Burgundy, France.
The carré di agnello is one of CinCin’s featured items over Easter. It is a wood-grilled lamb rack with polenta, parsnip and lamb succo. The wood grilling process allows the lamb and polenta to have an enhanced smokey flavour. It’s certainly worth nothing that CinCin proudly refrains from using any unnatural gas or grilling methods in their kitchen. This dish pairs nicely with a light-bodied red wine, namely the Brancaia Tre from Tuscany, Italy.
Dessert at a fine Italian restaurant is simply not optional. CinCin prepares the most decadent classic Italian desserts with a modern twist. The duomo is a dark chocolate mousse with orange cream, hazelnut crunch and raspberry sauce. It has a mild level of sweetness which follows well after a stronger flavoured entree.
The pistachio semifreddo is a classic Italian dessert that’s hard not to love. It features lemon curd on chilled pistachio custard with citrus vanilla sauce. The understated flavour of the pistachio works immaculately with the intense flavour of the lemon curd. This dessert can certainly end any meal on a good note.
Thank you for reading, and Happy Easter! See you all at my next food adventure!
1154 Robson St
Weekdays 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Weekends 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Written by Justin Leigh, contributor to Vancity Buzz. Connect with Justin on Twitter @jsleigh14.
Food and wine courtesy of Top Table Group.