Monday 12 September 2011

Bar Vespa, New Italian Restaurant in Our Neighborhood

Usually on a Monday, Teena and I head for the gym.

Tonight, Teena had a great idea.

She is away on business for the rest of the week so why not head out and try a new place in our neighborhood for supper ... Bar Vespa.

Hey, great idea!

Bar Vespa is in Liberty Village and has only been open for a few weeks. The grand opening hasn't even happened yet as they said they are still trying to get their game together.

They shouldn't worry. Eating there was a great experience.

From the time we walked in to the time we left, we were well looked after. The manager came over a couple of times to ensure everything was fine. The bartender came over with drinks and to chat. The hostess checked up on us too and Geetu, our server, was great!

Even though it was a Monday, people came and most sat on the patio. We sat inside. It seemed whenever any staff passed the table, they looked over and gave a smile.

There was not a moment we did not feel welcome.

The Italian theme is done well. Italian tunes play, they have Italian beers in bottle and on tap. On tap is a Birra Dolomiti direct from Italy and a Mill Street Birra Sophia (pictured right) named for Sophia Loren, which they describe as a "classic style Italian pilsner", which was delicious.

Teena had the Chianti, which was only $6 a glass on Mondays which she enjoyed.

The decor is done really well. Originally it was the boiler room for the units attached to it. The units were factories and in World War II made and stored ammunition. Not a great neighborhood to live in back in the 40s. The bar is very well done and I loved how they left some of the old pipes and valves around, as well as the original exposed brick.

Mondays they have a spaghetti and meatball special which is what Teena had. I elected to go for the Spaghetti Carbonara. Teena really enjoyed hers, especially the meatballs. I really enjoyed my dish too. I can only compare it to my own, which is the only other one I have ever had, made just once and was delicious. This one was better.

Reading this you may think that I love this place.

Yes, I do.

I already know what I am going to have to eat next time I am there and would stop in for just a drink.

I really hope this place does well as it deserves to. Teena's review is here.

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