Refined Dining at La Terrazza

    Kate Barker January 17, 2019
    • Fresh pasta in a delicious blue cheese sauce

    There are so many choices for dinner in Banff. It can be difficult to find something both elegant and delicious that still maintains the relaxed atmosphere so indicative of the area. Welcome to La Terrazza. Refined dining meets the mountains. This place has it all.

    This was my first time at La Terrazza. I’ve stayed at the Banff Park Lodge before, so I was ready for amazing service and comfort. I approached this dinner with quite high expectations. La Terrazza met those expectations and then some! We were seated right away according to our reservations. The host took our coats and made us feel welcome while we waited for the rest of our party.

    • Fresh pasta in a delicious blue cheese sauce

    Everything about La Terrazza was lovely. From the chairs to the linen table setting, it was a perfect union of elegance and comfort. Large atrium windows reveal daytime mountain views. At night, the room is lit with candles and lamps, giving it an intimate, cozy ambiance. The interior plants complete the space with splashes of life. It was an excellent setting for an evening of family and food.

    The rest of our party arrived. We started with wine. The superb wait staff made sure our glasses were never empty for the entire evening. The four of us shared two appetizers: the antipasto and calamari. If you know me, you know I’m a huge seafood snob. I have to say, the calamari was great. Perfectly cooked and lightly breaded, it also came with a delicious sauce that complimented the appetizer. The antipasto was perfect for sharing with our party. Our server explained everything that came on the board, so we knew what we were digging into. She also answered all our questions, because, of course, we forgot what was what before we finished!

    Then came the mains. The Lobster Fettucine looked amazing. It came with a lobster tail elegantly curled over hand-made, fresh pasta and a large chunk of garlic butter to melt on top of the whole plate. I’m told it was excellent. I had the Conchiglie with Italian Sausage. My diligent server informed me of blue cheese in the sauce before ordering. I love blue cheese, and I thoroughly enjoyed how the chef used it in this dish. It was full of flavour but not overpowering. Simply delicious!

    The pasta was homemade and fresh. The sausage was spicy but not overpowering and it complimented the blue cheese in the sauce. The portions were filling without being overwhelming. I finished the meal feeling energized for the rest of the evening.

    The pleasant staff didn’t rush us once we finished eating. They made sure we had wine and water while we chatted for another hour or so. We felt welcome as we caught up and shared stories. We really appreciated this time for socializing. It allowed us to enjoy the meal as well as the experience.

    La Terrazza provided a dining event we won’t soon forget. The food was delicious, and the atmosphere was amazing. Overall, La Terrazza combined comfort and style. Make a reservation next time you’re in Banff and experience the refined dining of La Terrazza for yourself!

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