Planning a double date with WK and MS and man, was it difficult to decide where to go! We all love to eat and there are just too many options. We finally decided on Italian and chose Pronto Cafe on Cambie.
As a meat lover, I ordered the Porchetta Plate. I had this once at Pronto before and I really enjoyed the crispy skin and tender meat. This time around, the skin wasn’t crispy. In fact, it was a bit tough and chewy and not very pleasant to eat. Felt like it wasn’t rendered well so the skin couldn’t crisp up. That being said, the meat was still tender and flavoured nicely with herbs. Perhaps a tiny bit too dry for my liking, but the roasted pepper sauce helped. Part of the highlight on this plate was the roasted potatoes & yam – they were seasoned well with just simple rosemary, salt and pepper, and the natural sweetness in the yam really came through.
Mr. always has a thing for gnocchi (and you should ask him how he used to pronounce “gnocchi”. It’s cute.), so when he saw Gnocchi with Pesto and Pancetta on the menu, he couldn’t keep his eyes away from it.
The fresh pasta was light and fluffy, and there was plenty of it. The pesto sauce was herbaceous and creamy. If I ordered this dish, I would’ve preferred more crispy panchetta for more meat and textual contrast. But Mr. quite enjoyed the plate as is.
So across from our booth seat there’s a display showcase full of desserts, and they’ve been staring at us throughout dinner. At the end of our meal, how could we say no to some Tiramisu?! It was creamy; it was light. There’s great coffee flavours, and the lady fingers weren’t overly mushy. Mr. isn’t a dessert person but he didn’t put down the fork until the very last bite.
It was a Saturday evening and to my surprise, it wasn’t too busy. We had to delay our arrival at the last minute and there was no trouble at all and we were promptly seated at a booth seat when we arrived. Because it wasn’t too busy, service was on point. Our server was friendly, and we didn’t have to wait long for food. Looking around there were always empty tables throughout our dinner. Didn’t look over to the Prontino side to see if it’s the same case.
Pronto is a nice, cozy eatery on Cambie. Overall, we enjoyed our dinner. Even though it wasn’t as good as the last time we were there, it was still of decent quality. I was really surprised by how quiet the restaurant was on a Saturday evening, and I hope it’s just a one-off scenario because everyone was out enjoying the nice weather!
3473 Cambie Street, Vancouver