Its name means Oak tree in Italian, but the brand new La Quercia at Fourth and Alma will have you pining for more.
An intimate space with just 32 seats, the beautiful mustard-coloured table linens and elegant flatware were brought in from a family hotel in Italy, as were the hand-carved wooden spoons to stir the creamy risottos.
Simple, house-made pastas (our fave was the Agnolotti di Guido) can be served up family style for two or more, or opt for the Daily Fish and pray that its trout. The wine list leans to the good-value Italian, and the cold Italian Peroni beer whet the appetite just right.
Yew really should lumber on in.
La Quercia, 3689 W. Fourth Ave., Vancouver, 604-676-1007, www.laquercia.ca