English Bay has just gained a new foodie addition, in the way of Grotto Italian–a modern Italian-inspired basement bar and eatery, located at 1725 Davie Street.
Owned and operated by Fiona Grieve, the restaurateur behind the West End’s laid back barbecue joint Buckstop (check out Buckstop’s weekend brunch spread here), Grotto Italian exudes a welcoming casualness and offers a range of classic, Italian-inspired dishes.
Leading Grotto’s kitchen is Dan Lindsey, previously at downtown’s Bel Café, who has created an uncomplicated menu, featuring antipasti, pasta, pizza, and a variety of enticing main plates. At the weekend the restaurant also offers a brunch menu listing an array of mouthwatering temptations, like a breakfast pizza topped with bacon bits and egg.
Drink wise, Grotto’s bar stocks an impressive collection of Italian wine and spirits. Grieve, herself, runs the cocktail program at the English Bay haunt, which focuses on Amaro-based mixed drinks. Patrons can expect to discover classic cocktails, alongside sorbet martinis, which feature Grieve’s own homemade Spitfire Bitters range.
Discreetly hidden under a row of store fronts along Davie Street, the restaurant has a distinct cozy feeling and features plenty of wooden furniture and industrial fixtures. There’s inside seating for 44, with stools at the bar and a collection of individual and group tables.
Address: 1725 Davie Street