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La Piazza Dario

Authentic Italian Food & Vancouver's Best Kept Secret!

Happy BC Day from all of us at La Piazza Dario!


What gorgeous summer weather are having! We hope you are enjoying your long weekend! 

British Columbia has been a wonderful place to call home for near forty years. It's a beautiful province filled with diversity and we've had our doors open, able to freely share our culture and cuisine. Let's celebrate our province and the many cultures that have come together to make it a magical place to be, no matter where in the world you have journeyed from.

Join us this week for a celebratory dinner! See you soon!

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Don't miss a fun evening of Opera in the Piazza!


Get ready for a hilarious night of opera! Next Thursday's performance is sure to "tickle your funny bone" as they said at Il Centro. We couldn't agree more. 

Famous Italian Comedies, with soprano Michelle Koebke, bass Michael MacKinnon, pianist Roger Parton, and narrator Tom Durrie will be presented in partnership with City Opera Vancouver on the plaza, and it's free!

At 6:30pm there will be refreshments for sale while the performance officially begins at 7pm and will run for approximately two hours.

May we suggest a delicious early dinner at La Piazza Dario? Or perhaps a post show dessert! Be sure to stop by and we'll make sure your evening is extra special!

And now here is a clip from a past performance to whet your appetites for opera!



Learn to speak Italian wherever you go!


Although there is no substitute for flying to Italy and immersing yourself in the language and culture, that's not always an option for everyone. So today we've done a little homework for you and listed a few very convenient apps that can get you started on the road to Italian fluency right from your phone!

#1: Duolingo - No matter where you are, as long as you've got 5 minutes a day, you can start learning to speak Italian! Bonus points for being a free app. 

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#2: busuu - Here's an app that can also be use on your computer. It's boasts a community of over 35 million native speakers in the various languages available, making it possible for you to practice your conversational skills!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#3: MindSnacks - Play games and learn at the same time! Now that sounds like a lot of fun! 

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

(Note: Ratings from iTunes)

Here are two more ways you can learn Italian offline: 
  • Don't forget to check out what courses are being hosted at Il Centro
  • Come visit us for some real time practice over a good glass of wine and a delicious authentic meal
See you soon and happy learning!

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Happy Canada Day from all of us at La Piazza Dario!


It's a country-wide birthday party! So put on your red and white and celebrate! We live in a beautiful place and we're proud to call it home. 

We hope you and your families have a wonderful long weekend!

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This week we've got the travel bug and we're shining the spotlight on a beautiful hike in Positano!


Take a look at beautiful pictures of Positano and you'll see a colourful and vertical town stacked and hugging the land. This makes for a perfect and scenic location for hiking! 

Perhaps walking through the town streets is not a traditional rugged hiking activity, however, thanks to the vertical arrangement of this Amalfi gem, exploring Positano on foot may feel like quite a hike! Make sure to pack some comfortable shoes to help you explore this town!

Does a 1750 step climb sound rewarding? Well imagine climbing those steps from Positano to Nocelle! The views will take your breath away! Of course you could walk down from Nocelle to Positano as well. Either direction you choose, you'll experience of zig zag stairs, olive trees and prickly pears that line the path, and rest areas. 

In other parts of the journey, you'll pass beautiful hillside villas and homes with colourful gardens and most likely run into a feline friend or two.

Don't forget to bring water! 

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P.S. There's a bus in case you want to hike only one of the directions ;)

If you find yourself on the Italian coast, you'll probably find fantastic limoni!


Limone, as you've probably guessed, is the Italian word for lemon and our word of the week! The plural form is limoni. 

These lemons, also called citrons, are truly fantastic and not your typical small, round and even lemons we can find here in our local groceries. These limoni are bigger than oranges and they grow in abundance in stunning terraced groves, adding bright pops of yellow to a bright and colourful Italian environment. They feature in Italian cuisine in delicious and sometimes surprising ways!

These lemons are famous for their delicate flavour, sweetness and low acidity. These lemons are more than just a garnish. Here are some delicious ways Italians enjoy limoni!

  • Limoncello
  • La Granita di Amalfi 
  • Candied Citrons
  • Insalata di Cedro (Citron Rind Salad)
Yum!


Italians know how to treat your sweet tooth!


Cannoli is an Italian pastry originally from Sicily. In Italy they are commonly known as cannoli siciliani. However, water and borders don't stop people from enjoying this crispy creamy delight!

They are made of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet and creamy ricotta filling. Depending on where you are and of course on the baker, you'll find these treats range in size. The cream itself is usually flavoured with vanilla or orange flower water, and can be decorated with crushed pistachios, semi sweet chocolate pieces, candied citrus or even cherries on the open ends. 

Fun Fact: In some regions of Italy, including Abruzzo and Lazio, cannoli are made using pizzelle cookies for the shell. 

Care for a taste? We've got these on our dessert menu and we can't wait for you to try one (or two or three!).


There's nothing like beautiful photography to inspire the senses!


Italy is a beautiful country where the culture of la dolce vita is an innate part of everything, from the people to the land itself. It's no wonder that it is so incredibly photogenic!

That's why today we've rounded up some of our favourite Instagram accounts that feature the beauty of Italy and Italian life. From nature and architecture to food and nonne (Italian grandmas), these accounts will surely inspire a visit to one of our favourite countries in the world!

@elenaciprietti

Elena Ciprietti is a native New Yorker now based in Milan. You'll find beautiful shots of cityscapes, Italian waters and delectable eats that will have your mouth watering for a taste of Italy!

@cucinadigitale

Nicolee Drake is an American photographer who now calls Rome home. Get ready for beautiful shots of Italian architecture and details alongside her worldwide travels!

@notmynonni

This account is dedicated to all the amazing grandmas and grandpas of Italy. If you have questions about living the good Italian life, they've got the experience!

@whatitalyis

What Italy Is rounds up the amazing shots of Italy from photographers all over the country. It's guaranteed to make you fall in love with this country.

@walksofitaly

Walks of Italy is determined to reveal the hidden gems of Italy that are often discovered on a simple walk. If you happen to be travelling there, they offer walking tours from local experts, as well as these beautiful images!

Enjoy!

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La Piazza Dario is Winner of Editor's Choice!


We couldn't be more thrilled and honoured to receive the distinction of Editor's Choice at this year's 2016 Where to Dine Awards! This year marks the 20th anniversary of Where's Vancouver culinary awards and we couldn't be more grateful.

Vancouver is very much a "foodie" town and after nearly forty years, we feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the culinary scene.

A near-40-year stalwart, Dario’s is a timeless classic, subtly updated so as not to disturb its comforting white-linen fine-dining feel. A dash of Italian retro, wrapped in Florentine decor, underscores a wide-ranging menu of mainstays: antipasti, minestrone, cannelloni, linguine di mare, and scaloppine al marsala, with irresistible tiramisu or seductively smooth zabaglione to finish. 
- Tim Pawsey, Where.ca

Thank you again to Where, Canada's Travel Planner!

Come join us and taste for yourself the delicious creations of Chef Claudio Ranallo (pictured above with Lidia Ranallo)!

(Image: Special thanks to Where Vancouver for snapping this photo. See more photos from the event here.)