La Pentola is an upscale eatery in Vancouver, British Columbia that specializes in serving family-style Italian cuisine. The restaurant is located inside the OPUS Hotel and features a trendy d�cor and causal, comfortable dining.
La Pentola is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and features a weekend brunch service. Breakfast at the restaurant features a continental breakfast, omelets, pancakes and steel cut oats. Lunch and dinner at La Pentola consists of an array of small plates, salads, risotto, house made pasta and meat entr�es. Lunch and dinner selections include grilled octopus, meatballs in tomato sauce, ricotta and kale salad, wild mushroom risotto, ravioli, spaghetti carbonera, braised boneless short rib and rack of lamb.
Just returned from Italy, Pentola is an ideal reminder
it's just okay
We went for Father's Day dinner and chose the seven course option with wine pairing. Excellent, excellent meal and the wine pairings were spot on. Thanks to the wait and kitchen staff for all the little extras. Our favourite dishes? The burrata, carpaccio and that special pre-dessert treat. Definitely recommend
The restaurant does have a bit of echo going on but the noise level wasn't overwhelming the conversation.
This restaurant is part of the Opus Hotel and has been around for a few years. Food is excellent. Elegant, well prepared and full of flavor! We tried Asparagus Salad, Cappelletti and Italian style steak. Bravo! Service is just as good as the food and there's live music!
The best food in Vancouver.
I took a date 8pm on Sunday night.. not very busy. Had the 5 course (surprise menu). Every course was spectacular. The service was equally good.. our server explained each dish brilliantly, including suggestions on where we could purchase a particular cheese in one of the dishes.
At one point my date asked about a song playing in the background and he made a point to find out the artist for her.
I dine out often and appreciate a great restaurant.
Despite the positive ratings for this restaurant, we found it to be mostly disappointing on all levels, especially for the price. We went with the 5 course tasting option and the dishes were served at the "chief's whim", without selection or advance knowledge of what the courses would be. This was not a problem, in fact we were looking forward to the meal. However, each course was adequate at best with the main "entree" course being a very basic hangar steak salad and a final dessert plate of poorly executed and not tasty deconstructed s'mores.
Ultimately, we felt the meal (and service) was more about maximizing profit than providing a great meal and exerience that one would expect for this price. Our meal also was disappointing, given the items offered ala carte, which appeared to be creative dishes and items worth the prices charged. Perhaps we should have ordered a la carte?
For savy eaters willing to spend good money in search of great food, I would recommend trying other restaurtants nearby.
Needs to get back on OpenTable!
Great bartender, fantastic food. Wine is mostly Italian, we had a delicious bottle of Langhe Favorita 2014.
We all enjoyed the various eggs benedict and the salad with it. the bottomless mimosa was a good $10.00 value. Service was casual but very pleasant.
I have had lunch and dinner at La Pentola before and enjoy the Italian cuisine.
We will return!
Innovative Italian cuisine, prepared with flair, but still keeping the tradition of authentic fresh ingredients.
The Parmesan Soufflé salad excellent. The Asparagus Salad delicious.
It was a quiet night and not too many patrons. However, once the food came no one noticed how quiet the space was. Attentive service, but their pasta is second to none in the city. Would go again.
we did the 5-course tasting menu. all 4 of us liked the food a lot, and the service was just perfect. but all of us found the place to be on the noisy side with their loud music, and it was difficult to chat without raising our voices. if they had toned down their music, that would have been a perfect evening for us.
Excellent service and food! Will recommend to friends.
We recently visited La Pentola with another couple and tried the five course meal allowing the chef to serve five surprise creations. Each of the courses was exceptional - creative presentation and very flavourful - especially the lamb pasta. We have been to this establishment twice and will definitely visit again.
Second time here,this time just as amazing as the first. Had the family style 5 course dinner,for 4 of us. Each course was memorable and the server was very attentive. Will definitely return!
Server was knowledgeable and efficient. Food was very good. The birthday macarons were appreciated (and delicious !)
My husband and I have a number of dislikes, allergies, etc. so were a bit wary of entrusting our meal to the chef. Actually I thought the waiter would say our wishes were impossible and we should stick to the a la carte menu! Wrong on both scores. We had an amazing meal. Every course was delicious and catered 100% to the wishes and concerns we had expressed. A seven-course adventure. Not knowing what was on its way made it all the more delicious and exciting. Then each course was explained to us as it arrived, allaying any concerns that something might have slipped in that we couldn't eat. The duck-filled pasta was absolutely the best, and the Parmesan soufflé was 'to die for'. The wines were well-paired (though we'd have preferred more reds) - and the gratis limoncello at the end was a lovely touch. As the evening went on, the atmosphere became increasingly noisy (in a good, happy way) and energetic. Thank you for a terrific, memorable evening.
I've always been a fan of Italian cuisine, but never knew that it could be made with so much salt! Not sure if the chef had just been slightly heavy handed or generous with the salt, but I felt that almost every dish was overly seasoned. We had the 5 course menu, and the highlight would have to be the Parmesan Souffle. Our waitress, who doubles as the bartender on weekends, was absolutely fantastic and helped us send a dish back that my party and I weren't able to eat. Other than that, I might go back to try La Pentola again, but perhaps not the pre-set menus.
A friend of mine was visiting from Vancouver Island and I really needed a quiet place to just enjoy his company and a leisurely dinner and a glass of wine. This turned out to be the perfect choice. Service was attentive and never intrusive. I highly recommend it.