The top 3 from Avenue Calgary's 2014 Best Restaurant Awards.
1. Il Sogno
One of the most elegant dining rooms in the city, Il Sogno merges the high cuisine of Italy with Calgarians’ love of comfort food, resulting in meticulously prepared and richly satisfying dishes like lamb meatballs, inventive homemade pastas, braised meats and lighter seasonal fish dishes. Housed in the historic DeWaal Building in Bridgeland, the neighbourhood considered Calgary’s Little Italy, the restaurant achieves that elusive combination of intimacy and style — plus, there’s plenty of free parking, which is always a treat.
Dining in Bonterra’s rustic, Tuscan-inspired room feels authentically Italian, where dishes are simply, but expertly prepared to reflect the quality and flavour of the ingredients.
1016 8 St. S.W., 403-262-8480, bonterra.ca
The new location in Aspen shares all the same positives that have long characterized Mercato’s Mission location: lively atmosphere; friendly, knowledgeable staff; excellent pasta dishes; and simple, but delicious mains and sides.
2224 4 St. S.W., 403-263-5535 and 5000, 837 85 St. S.W., 403-263-6996, mercatogourmet.com