Restaurant review: Di Beppe Restaurant & Cafe

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There was some good buzz about Di Beppe in Gastown at the corner of West Cordova and Carral Street. So on a wet Sunday, we went to check it out.

Di Beppe is part of the Kitchen Table group of restaurants that includes Ask for Luigi, Carlino, and Bacaro.

The business is split in two halves, the front half is a cafe, with espresso beverages, and some premade food like sandwiches, and pizza by the slice. The back half is the restaurant.

The menu is focused, mostly pizza and pasta dishes.

We ordered the cacio e pepe.

A traditional cacio e pepe is pasta with cheese and black pepper (hence the name), so this is actually more like pasta alla gricia, since it also has some pork lardons in there as well. That said, this was wonderful pasta. The spaghetti noodles were cooked to al dente, and the cheese and bacon provided a lavish salty/savory tone, accented by the black pepper.

We also ordered a pizza with fennel sausage, onion, provolone & rosemary

This was terrific pizza. It’s had a nicely blistered crust with a crunch around the edges and a nice chew in the middle. The fennel sausage was savory, and the caramelized onions provided a sweet note. The provolone added a slightly smoky note to the pizza, and the rosemary was just hinted at.

And when offered the dessert menu, we had to try the tiramisu

This was pretty good. The ladyfingers were tender, soaked through with espresso and marsala. The mascarpone cheese provided a sweet creaminess, and the dusting of cocoa provided that earthy chocolate note.

The room is much the same as it was, when this establishment was Joe Pizza, and Ranier Provisions before that. It has a lot of rustic and industrial notes with high ceilings, and exposed pipes, and vintage lamp lighting.

Our server was polite and pleasant.

Di Bieppe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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