3. Bonterra Trattoria
One of the reasons this restaurant wins third place in the Best Tried and True category in the 13th Annual Best Restaurants Awards is because Calgarians can always expect rustic, well-prepared Italian dishes.
photograph by jared sych
Pumpkin ravioli with brown butter, cranberries and pumpkin seeds.
Since the turn of the millennium, Bonterra has been a fixture on the Calgary restaurant scene, known for its beautiful space and consistently well-prepared contemporary-rustic Italian menu. Calgarians go for the impeccable service, elegant, yet casual dining room (or smaller private wine room, which can accommodate up to 30) and the tiny but well-landscaped (and heated) patio, which feels like a sheltered inner-city Italian grotto.
Bonterra is as lively and spirited as the country that inspired it, with a steady menu built on quality local and imported ingredients (think linguine carbonara with wild boar bacon and grana padano) that, while classic and unwavering, is never too predictable with chef Glen Manzer at the helm. Bonterra is as well-suited to a business lunch as a celebratory dinner, and is a solid choice when you want to impress out-of-town guests.