Orto Brings a Piece of Europe to North Vancouver
Urban Garden Meets Family Eatery
At least once a week we together with my parents and have a nice visit. We usually spend some time playing at parks, going on walks, and, of course, checking out new places to eat. Recently my mum heard about a new place called Orto Artisan Pasta. After reading a review in the Vancouver Sun we knew we wanted to check it out.
Our first visit did not disappoint! The atmosphere has a definite rural European vibe to it; very rustic and homey. It’s not a huge restaurant, but there are three dining spaces: inside, on the patio, or in the garden itself. We opted to eat at a picnic table in the garden – which is a fantastic way to spend a warm afternoon.
It felt like we were eating in a field as opposed to an urban garden. It also really brought home the fact that they really do grown their own fruits and vegetables. Turns out, they even change the menu daily based on what is available from the garden. Based on that, it’s no surprise that the menu is not extensive. They have a small selection of appetizers, salads, pastas, mains, and desserts as well as a nice list of non-alcoholic beverages.
The food was just has wholesome as it sounds. Mum and I both had a glass of non-alcoholic sangria paired with a tomato basil pasta and it was all scrumptious! Evelyn devoured the pasta. Apparently she likes fresh noodles and homemade sauce just as much as I do. Glen tried the meatball sub, while my dad tried an omelet with fresh greens, both giving the thumbs up on their choices.
Everyone opted out of dessert, we were simply too full from all the deliciousness. But our waiter did advise us that the bakery sharing a space with them, Bad Dog Bread, had just pulled a loaf of fresh chocolate brioche out of the oven. Well it would be illegal for us to know that and not take a couple of pieces home. The bread is ridiculously, melt-in-your-mouth good. I could quite happily eat a piece of that every day if I didn’t risk heart failure in the process.
If you couldn’t tell already, I really, really enjoyed our experience at Orto. It’s family friendly, it’s a reasonable price point (think $16-$24 for mains and pastas), and it’s unique. I don’t think I can say enough good things about it, but don’t take my word for it try it yourself!