We brought friends visiting from Europe to La Terrazza on a Saturday night, expecting the place to be packed since we couldn't get a reservation anywhere else in Yaletown.
We had no trouble booking a table for four and were very surprised to see the restaurant only half full. Unusual for a weekend.
Our server was from the Middle East and so was our hostess so I'm not sure where the Italian comes into play here, besides the decor which is lovely. They were both very pleasant and professional and we appreciated the maitre'd stopping by to check on us.
Our guests wanted to order the veal chop from the menu but were told there was only one left. So one of them tried to order it, only to have our waiter return to the table to say it was gone. That was somewhat embarrassing. It was 7:30 on a Saturday, how could they run out of food that quickly when the place was half empty?
Our guests settled for the lobster pasta but when the bowls were brought to the table their jaws dropped. The portions were so huge they lost their appetites just by looking at the bowls. The charcuterie board as a starter was enough for six people and since we had ordered salads again it was way too much. We ended up leaving with doggie bags which got tossed as soon as we got home. My halibut was tasty and cooked just right though I didn't like the sides served with it.
All the menu items are on the pricey side.
The wine list is on an I-Pad so if you want to browse through the selections you have to be sure not to lose your page or go offline. I much prefer a printed book to select the wine. The wines were also extremely expensive, nothing much below $90 a bottle.
The bread basket was probably the best part of the meal. The breads and sticks were fresh and crunchy. The cappuccino after dinner was cold and had to be sent back to be heated.
So, with all of the choices of places to eat in the downtown area, I won't be bring my guests, or myself to La Terrazza again anytime soon.