Cross-posted from Calgary is Awesome.
Teatro, which means "theatre" in Italian, is a nod to its location across from the Epcor Centre, but also a reference to its high-end Italian dishes and luxurious dining room. On the other hand, Cucina, or "kitchen", is a much more casual experience - the food is still Italian-inspired (and delicious!), but more rustic, with an emphasis on sandwiches, pastas, salads and (local) meat. The space itself has a bit of a "country kitchen" vibe to it as well - Floor manager Tilly gave Diana and I a "mini-tour" of the restaurant, highlighting the many pieces reclaimed from the British countryside. There are also a lot of "personal" touches to the restaurant - outside the washrooms, there is a wall covered with reproductions of notes directly from Executive Chef John Michael MacNeil's notebook; portraits of Chef MacNeil grace the front of the menus and the restaurant's website.
We also got to try the Chicken Liver Parfait, a dish that's been generating lots of buzz.
Sunworks Farm. The sweet-tart sour cherry-balsamic cipollini jam was the perfect foil to the savoury, rich parfait; and when we realized when we didn't have that many ciabatta crostinis, we really had to lay the parfait on thick. This was a meal in itself!
By contrast, the porchetta on my sandwich was moist and juicy, with just a hint of rosemary flavour. The slaw, made with sour apple, celery and grainy Brassica mustard was very subtle - I almost wished I had more, or at least a little more acidity in the slaw to cut the richness of the porchetta...
515 8 Ave SW
Calgary AB T2P 1G1
Open Mon-Fri 7 AM-close; Sat 10 AM-close; Closed Sundays. No reservations.