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Quattro at Whistler
Avg. Customer Review (5.0 Palms): 5.0 Palms
Number of Reviews: 1

Review Type: Restaurant
Location:
4319 Main Street, Whistler, V0N 1B4
Dedicated GF: No
Phone: 604-905-4844
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Amazing gluten free menu at Italian restaurant in Whistler, BC,

Reviewer: from South Riding, VA - See all reviews by Gftraveler

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Well, they say you should "save the best for last," and, as it turns out, we did that dining at Whistler last week. After enjoying three other gluten free meals at Whistler restaurants (Earl's, Old Spaghetti Factory, and Teppan Village -- all also reviewed on this website), we spent our last evening enjoying one of the best gluten free meals we've ever had...at a restaurant called Quattro at Whistler.

I'm not exaggerating when I say I can't remember such an extensive and delicious array of gluten free offerings. This was not your typical Italian restaurant where a few basic items could be made gluten free. No, the Gluten Free Menu at Quattro was virtually identical to the regular menu. There were so many choices -- from Appetizers, Soups, and Salads to Pasta and Main Courses featuring meat and seafood. What really impressed us was the range of wonderful Pastas with unique and delectable sauces that were all available with gluten free pasta. Of course, there were basic Pomodoro and Pesto sauces...but also a Pasta "Quattro" and 4 other mouth-watering pasta dishes, along with a risotto. I literally wanted to order several of the pastas...and I hadn't even made it down the list of equally impressive seafood and meat specialties! After analyzing the menu, I decided to order the Pistachio Crusted Sea Bass with Fire Roasted Pepper Sauce (also served with mashed potatoes and asparagus), but the Pasta Tartufato with British Columbia wild mushrooms, white truffle oil, fresh sage, and porcini cream sauce was something that was also calling my name. I asked our waiter if I could order a half-size portion of the pasta as an appetizer. Fortunately, it was not a problem. After tasting it, I almost wished I had ordered it as a Main Course. It was to-die-for, although probably best for me to have kept it at a half-portion, given how wonderfully rich the porcini cream sauce was! If they didn't have their gluten free act together, I would have questioned whether the pasta was gluten free. It was a perfectly cooked, al dente gluten free corn-based penne which I swear I'd never had before. Turns out they get it from Italy, and I'm going to look into ordering it online if I can! It was not as yellow as other corn pastas, so I'm guessing there might be other flours, like rice flour, mixed in with it. Regardless, it was the best gluten free pasta we'd ever had and was undistiguishable from "regular" pasta. My main course of the sea bass was equally as tasty (incredible mashed potatoes, too!) and was the perfect dish to follow the rich pasta. My husband ordered the gluten free penne with pesto, also delicious. In fact, he captured my thoughts about my own pasta appetizer exactly when he said, "Do you think it would be okay to lick the bowl?!" Our gluten free son ordered the gluten free pasta with Pescatore sauce (prawns, scallops, clams, fresh herbs, and tomato white wine), which is always one of his favorite types of pasta. All in all, an amazing meal and a great way to cap off a wonderful trip to Whistler. The only "downside," if there is one, to our dining experience was that we wanted to order a half-liter of their "house" Italian red wine, since we didn't want a whole bottle. It turns out they didn't have it available anymore, leaving nothing to choose from for an Italian red in a liter or half-liter. So we settled for a half-bottle of another Italian red, which turned out to be very good. If you are a wine connoisseur, you'll be very impressed with their selection, however. They have one of the most extensive wine lists we've ever seen, with a focus on Italian wines, of course. Some are VERY pricey. Despite the incredible ambiance, food, and wine list at this cozy restaurant, it's a place that welcomes children. There were quite a few other tables in the restaurant occupied by families, although I probably wouldn't recommend it for very young children (the experience would be lost on them anyway!). Our own waiter wasn't overly friendly when we first sat down but warmed up over the course of the evening and even engaged our boys in some education about the various Canadian coins. I'm giving Quattro at Whistler the highest rating and would encourage any gluten free (or non-GF) visitor to Whistler to book a reservation at this unforgettable restaurant.

Quattro at Whistler


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