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Cafe il Nido Italian RestaurantSince opening in 1988, Il Nido has consistently ranked in the top echelon of Vancouver Restaurants. Here, BC’s finest ingredients are used to create dishes reminiscent of Northern Italy – “the food of kings, peasants and, everyone in between”. Traditional fish, meat and pasta dishes are made with the use of non-tradional herbs and spices, such as saffron and ginger. Sauces are lean and light. Fresh fish and vegetables are staples. Desserts are homemade and spectacular.

With its elegant yet, informal atmosphere, muted/understated decor and, sunny patio this “Nest In The City” is a destination for those who enjoy wonderful food and good conversation. Groups of up to 70 are welcome and custom menus are easily designed with organic, gluten free, vegetarian and Ocean Wise options available.  As Il Nido continues as one of Vancouver’s finest restaurants, evolving with imagination and inventiveness, its motto remains: Everyone Leaves Happy.

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Lunch Menu

Please note that the below menus are sample menus only as our menus change on a regular basis.

IL NIDO RISTORANTE BAR LUNCH MENU

APPETIZERS

$15~ Antipasto ~ Sopressata, Coppa served with black olives, caper berries and homemade pickled cipolline.
$16~ Ceviche ~ Albacore tuna, Salmon, calamari, cilantro, red peppers, jalapeno, fresh lime juice served with pickled vegetables
$14~ Calamari~ Grilled squid, green olives and spicy lime pepper remoulade
$15~ Funghi~ Wild field mushrooms sautéed with garlic, white wine, lemon and fresh thyme
$14~ Salsicce~ Homemade spicy lamb sausage served with arugula pesto sauce
$10~ Zuppa di Giorno~ Daily soup creation
$14~Caprese~ Vine tomatoes, fior di latte cheese, fresh basil drizzled with extra virgin olive oil
$12~ Insalata Il Nido ~ roasted beet salad, feta cheese, gourmet greens and lemon dressing
$10~ Insalata~ gourmet greens with green apple pear vinaigrette
 
PASTAS AND ENTREES
 
$15~ Colazione~ Roasted pork belly served with fried eggs and potato lyonnaise
$17~ Pasticcio~ homemade pasta layered with veal and beef baked with cheese in a rosé sauce
$20~ Ravioli~ Lobster stuffed ravioli in a tarragon saffron tomato sauce sprinkled with roasted sunflower seeds
$18~ Gnocchi~ Homemade kale and potato gnocchi, lamb sausage in light tomato sauce
$16~ Conchiglie~ Shell pasta with green peas, basil, tomato sauce and fior di latte cheese
$17~ Fettuccine Alfredo~ Original egg noodles, parmesan cheese and cream sauce
$18~ Spaghettini Puttanesca~ Served with seafood and fish in a spicy tomato sauce
$18~ Bolognese~ Penne  in slow cooked beef and veal tomato sauce
$22~ Tonno~ Pan seared Albacore tuna, cherry tomatoes, olives, gourmet winter greens and lemon dressing
$22~Salsicce~ Slow braised Italian Spicy Sausage, white beans  in a flavorful  red wine ragout
$25~ Anitra ~ Braised duck leg with cherry sauce on a bed of mushroom risotto
$23~Pollo~ Free range chicken breast with vegetable almond salad
$25~ Salmone~ Pan seared salmon served with cilantro, green onions, ginger and spicy chili pepper


~Gluten free pasta or quinoa risotto available upon request ~
~We are Ocean Wise, Free-range and Organic ~
~Appetiser-size Pasta of your choice upon request ~

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 IL NIDO RISTORANTE BAR LUNCH MENU

APPETIZERS

$15~ Antipasto ~ Sopressata, Coppa served with black olives, caper berries and homemade pickled cipolline.

$16~ Ceviche ~ Albacore tuna, Salmon, calamari, cilantro, red peppers, jalapeno, fresh lime juice served with pickled vegetables

$14~ Calamari~ Grilled squid, green olives and spicy lime pepper remoulade

$15~ Funghi~ Wild field mushrooms sautéed with garlic, white wine, lemon and fresh thyme
$14~ Salsicce~ Homemade spicy lamb sausage served with arugula pesto sauce
$10~ Zuppa di Giorno~ Daily soup creation

$14~Caprese~ Vine tomatoes, fior di latte cheese, fresh basil drizzled with extra virgin olive oil
$12~ Insalata Il Nido ~ roasted beet salad, feta cheese, gourmet greens and lemon dressing

$10~ Insalata~ gourmet greens with green apple pear vinaigrette

 

PASTAS AND ENTREES

$15~ Colazione~ Roasted pork belly served with fried eggs and potato lyonnaise

$17~ Pasticcio~ homemade pasta layered with veal and beef baked with cheese in a rosé sauce
$20~ Ravioli~ Lobster stuffed ravioli in a tarragon saffron tomato sauce sprinkled with roasted sunflower seeds

$18~ Gnocchi~ Homemade kale and potato gnocchi, lamb sausage in light tomato sauce
$16~ Conchiglie~ Shell pasta with green peas, basil, tomato sauce and fior di latte cheese
$17~ Fettuccine Alfredo~ Original egg noodles, parmesan cheese and cream sauce
$18~ Spaghettini Puttanesca~ Served with seafood and fish in a spicy tomato sauce
$18~ Bolognese~ Penne  in slow cooked beef and veal tomato sauce
$22~ Tonno~ Pan seared Albacore tuna, cherry tomatoes, olives, gourmet winter greens and lemon dressing
$22~Salsicce~ Slow braised Italian Spicy Sausage, white beans  in a flavorful  red wine ragout

$25~ Anitra ~ Braised duck leg with cherry sauce on a bed of mushroom risotto

$23~Pollo~ Free range chicken breast with vegetable almond salad

$25~ Salmone~ Pan seared salmon served with cilantro, green onions, ginger and spicy chili pepper


~Gluten free pasta or quinoa risotto available upon request ~
~We are Ocean Wise, Free-range and Organic ~
~Appetiser-size Pasta of your choice upon request ~

 

Dinner Menu

Please note that the below menus are sample menus only as our menus change on a regular basis.

18~ Formaggio~ Baked camembert served with a blueberry compote and crostini

$15~ Antipasto ~ Sopressata,Coppa and italian sausage  served with black olives , caper berries and home made pickled cipolline

$15~ ~ Funghi~ Wild field mushrooms sautéed with garlic, white wine, lemon and fresh thyme

$16~ Ceviche ~ Albacore tuna, Salmon, calamari, cilantro, red peppers, jalapeno, fresh squeezed lime juice served with pickled vegetables

$15~ Tonno~ Finger size albacore tuna rolled in pastry with assorted vegetables dressed with spicy ginger citrus reduction

$15~ Capesante ~ Seared Scallops, ovendried tomatoes, sweet corn and extra virgin olive oil

$15~ Gamberoni ~ Seasoned Prawns, served on a bed of angel hair pasta with spicy tomato sauce

$14~ Calamari~ Grilled squid, fresh tomatoes, green olives tossed in spicy lime pepper remoulade

$18~ Carpaccio~ Seared beef tenderloin medallions, grapes, prezzemolo served with citrus truffle oil and shaved parmeggiano

$12~ Zuppa di Pesce ~ Seafood soup with prawns , mussles, clams, fish, lemon grass, fennel and cilantro

$14~ Caprese~ Fior di latte, grilled endives, vine red tomatoes dressed with a basilico oil

$12~ Il nido insalata ~ roasted beet salad, feta cheese, gourmet greens and lemon dressing

$10~ Insalata~ gourmet greens with green apple pear vinagrette

 

PASTAS AND ENTREES

$22~ Ravioli~ Lobster stuffed agnelotti in terragon saffron cream sauce sprinkled with roasted sunflower seeds

$22~ Risotto~Arborio rice tossed with three cheeses, winter squash garnished with grilled portobella mushroom

$25~ Puttanesca~ Spaghettini,  sautéed mussels, clams, calamari in a spicy arugula pesto sauce

$22~  Bolognese ~ Shell pasta tossed in a slow cooked beef and veal herb tomato sauce

$18~ Gnocchi ~Baby kale potato gnocchi with grapes and blue cheese

$17~ Gluten free~  Quinoa, sautéed wild mushrooms, assorted vegetables and roasted almonds

$25~ Fetuccini~ Original egg noodles, scallops, fried onions in an orange citrus cream reduction

$20~ Penne~ Oven roasted porchetta, assorted mushrooms, figs, fresh thyme and light crema tartufata

$22~ Lasagna~ Home made baked vegeterian lasagna layered with eggplant, kale, spinach, parmesan, mozarella in a napoletana sauce

$27~ Salmone~ Almond crusted salmone, fresh thyme with zesty butter sauce

$34~ Bronzino~ Pan seared SeaBass with light olive oil lemon herb sauce

$27~ Costoletta ~ Grilled pork chops with  apricot, fresh oregano and fig marmalade

$27~ OssoBuco~ Lamb shank, slow braised in a red wine reduction

$26~ Tonno~ Albacore Tuna crusted with sesame seeds served with cilantro, green onions, ginger and spicy chili pepper

$35~ Bistecca~ Grilled California cut strip loin with basil, parsley, extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic and roasted red pepper dressing

 

~ALL MEAT AND FISH DISHES ARE SERVED WITH DAILY VEGETABLES~

~We are Ocean Wise, Free Range and Organic~

 

SIDES

$9.00 ~ spaghettini tomato sauce

$9.00 ~ grilled Brussels sprouts with shaved parmesan and chili olive oil

$5.00 ~Olives~ Warm marinated olives and herbs

$5.00 House made focaccia served with green olives tapenade and extra virgin oil

 

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Cafe il Nido, desserts are homemade and spectacular

Wine List

Sparkling Glass Bottle
Bellenda Prosecco Extra dry Treviso  Italy $14.00         $56.00
Bento Breganze Prosecco, Bartolomeo, Italy         $48.00
Zardetto Prosecco, Brut, Italy         $52.00
Breganza Rosa di Sera, Italy         $50.00
Pol Roger Champagne, France       $120.00
Il Ciarliero –Vernaccia, Semi Sparkling red Marche         $55.00
Vino Blanco Glass 1/2 Litre Bottle
Viognier dry, Hugues Le Juste, Moillard, France $11.00 $31.00         $41.00
Mission Hill Chardonnay, Estate Grown, BC, 2009 $12.00 $36.00         $48.00
Planeta Alastro, Grecanico, Sicilia, Italy $14.00 $42.00         $55.00
Temellini Soave Classico, 2009         $57.00
Dunham Froese Pinot Blanc, BC         $39.00
Cline, Viognier. USA         $43.00
Pfaffenhiem Gewurtz, France         $45.00
Schloss Rheingau  Riesling, Germany, 2009         $47.00
Falanghina Terredora Campagna Italy         $49.00
Michele Chiarlo Gavi,’le Mame Peidmonte, Italy, 2009
Villa Chiopris Pinot Grigio Italy         $50.00
King Estate Pinot Gris, Oregon, USA         $51.00
Bianco Del Moro white Sangiovese  Marche Italy         $68.00
La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast California         $55.00
Benziger Sauvingnon Blanc, California 2009         $54.00
Chateau Sancerre Loire Valley, France         $59.00
Vino Grigio Van Westen BC         $45.00
Soave Classico Tedeschi Verona Italy, 2009         $48.00
Vino Rosado Glass 1/2 Litre Bottle
Marques de Caceres Catalunya Spain $11.00 $32.00         $49.00
Vino Rosso Glass 1/2 Litre  Bottle
Miopasso Nero D’Avola Silica, Italy $12.00 $36.00         $49.00
La Ginestra Tenute Stefano Farine Chianti Toscana $12.00 $36.00         $48.00
Andeluna Cellars’, Malbec, Argentina $12.00 $36.00         $48.00
Louis Latour Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France $12.00 $37.00         $50.00
Hester Creek Merlot BC $11.50 $36.00         $47.00
Michele Chiarlo Barbera D’Asti, ‘Le Orme’ Peidmonte, Italy         $51.00
Fontodi Chianti Classico, Toscany, Italy         $70.00
La SelvanellaChianti Classico Reserva Toscana Italy         $52.00
Barbera d’Alba Briccio di Nessuno Lorenzo Aalutto         $57.00
Negroamaro Salentino Masseria Altemura         $55.00
Al Passo Casteluovo Berardegna Siena~ Italy         $68.00
Painted Rock Merlot, Estate Grown BC         $80.00
Allegrini Palazzo della torre, Veronese IGT, Italy         $65.00
Olivier Leflaive Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France,         $59.00
Pirramimma Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia,         $65.00
Aglianico Terredora Campagna Italy         $58.00
Ciacco Da Colmone marche Montepulcciano/Sangiovese Italy         $90.00
Langmiel Valley Floor Shiraz, Australia,         $65.00
Crognolo Tenuta Sette Ponti, Toscana IGT,         $75.00
Lucente Toscany, Italy         $85.00
Le Volte Ornellaia, Toscana, Italy         $75.00
Anghelos DeAngelis marche Italy         $85.00
Barolo Serralunga D’Alba Fontanafredda, Italy       $115.00
Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, California       $115.00
Brunello Tenuta Vitanza  di Montalcino DOCG, Italy 2005       $150.00
Voluptuons Van Westen Vineyards , BC   2008         $68.00
Amarone Musella , Veneto, Italy  2007       $150.00
Dostana Merlot 2008 Okanagan Vally BC         $70.00
Indian Wells Cabarnet Sauvignon WA USA         $68.00
Lamborghini Trescone Umbria Italy         $68.00
Birra
Peroni Nastro Azzurro $8.00 Efes pilsener (wheat free) Turkey
Okanagan Spring Pale Ale $8.00 Stanley Park Pilsner
Phoenix Lager Victoria BC $8.00 Grolsch Premium Lager Holland
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Franco Felice opens 2nd location ‘Il Nido Ristorante’ in Richmond

Exciting news to share!  Franco Felice, longtime owner-operator and Chef at Cafe Il Nido in Vancouver has recently opened another location at Aberdeen Centre in Richmond. Here is what Richard Wolak of VancouverFoodster.com had to say about his recent visit to our ribbon-cutting ceremony:   For all the details visit: http://vancouverfoodster.com/2014/02/14/il-nido-ristorante-opening/ and visit us soon.   […]

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