Spade, a beautifully designed cafe-bistro bringing an eclectic blend of authentic Italian flavour to Vancouver’s vibrant Commercial Drive neighbourhood. Owned by Sammy Piccolo (Award-winning Barista, Prado Café owner), Spade features freshly baked in-house Italian pastries, classic egg sandwiches as well as plenty of authentic Italian tapas and family-style dishes to transition you from day to night.
Since we were invited, they had us at the long table that can accommodate a lot of guests.
The house-made pickled vegetables was a nibble before the meal started.
Insalata di Halloumi
This has berries, pesto, walnuts, and halloumi a top a piece of endive. The natural crunch of the endive and the halloumi cheese paired well together.
A twist to this classic has eggplant conserva, roasted red pepper, pickled red onion, and served with a side of salsa verde.
This was one of my favourite dishes. There is squid ink, black garlic, cream, and lemon. I would highly recommend this dish.
This dish has roasted cauliflower, ricotta, salsa verde, and seeds. A nice healthy accompaniment to go with some of the other dishes.
This dish has artichoke soubise, potato, dill, and pickled vegetables. The octopus was very tender and enjoyable, but it would have been better if it was warm.
Papardelle with Lamb Shoulder Ragu
This dish was another favourite. Simple but with so much flavour and great texture. I would order this again.
The burrata is paired with fennel, citrus, serrano jamon, basil and breadcrumbs. Burrata is awesome and you can’t go wrong with it.
The meatballs are served with a rosemary garlic cream sauce, mushrooms, braised endive, gorgonzola and walnuts.
To end the night, we tried the chocolate cake, which reminded me of black forest cake. It was ok.
Cafe Latte Panna Cotta
The Cafe Latte Panna Cotta was delicious! A small sweet taste to the end of the meal.
Ending the night off with a decaf latte is great. The warm milk is so comforting. Highly recommend decaf if you’re sensitive to caffeine int he evening.
I really enjoyed dinner here and I’ll definitely be back. The concept of an Italian Coffee bar really shows and I loved all their pasta dishes. Even if you’re not a coffee drinker, you’ll want to come here for their homey pasta.
We Rate Spade:
1858 Commercial Dr, Vancouver