NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. — Kitchen Table Restaurants has opened an outpost of its Pizzeria Farina concept — Farina a Legna— in the heart of North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale District.
Farina a Legna (Italian for ‘flour on wood’) offers an authentic Italian experience in a full-service ristorante with seating for 50. The space also features a grocery with handmade dry pasta, olive oil and assorted dry goods for purchase, as well as a licensed street-side patio and waiting area for guests ordering takeout.
“This is an exciting new addition to the Farina family,” says executive chef Alessandro Vianello. “I’m excited to bring some long-time menu favourites from our Main Street location to a North Shore neighbourhood that’s very familiar to me and also add a new, wood-fired flavour to the Farina menu.”
Leading the back-of-house team, Vianello isjoined by chef de cuisine Jeffrey Tang, who moves to the new location from the kitchen at the original Farina location,while Angela Dean (Ask For Luigi) will oversee front-of-house operations as general manager.
The menu draws inspiration from sister restaurants Ask For Luigiand Di Beppe, resulting in a variety of insalate and antipasti, as well as seasonal offerings. The menu’s main focus is Northern Italian-style hand-tossed pizzas prepared in a brick, wood-fired oven and features favourites from Pizzeria Farina in addition to new creations, including Prosciutto & Arugula with tomato sauce, prosciutto crudo, parmigiano reggiano and arugula ($21); and the Ortolana, which features tomato sauce, roasted zucchini, peppers and tomatoes, arugula and piave vecchio ($14).
Craig Stanghetta of Ste. Marie Design created a space featuring authentic, Italian-inspired elements, including tin ceiling tiles, touches of natural wood, marble and copper and a colour palette that intersperses mint, indigo and splashes of red. Landon Antiques & Interiors also provided curios, photos and vintage pieces that add to the old-country feel of the space.