We were looking for a place to eat last minute. I randomly picked Buon Giorno as we were feeling Italian food.
Apparently, Om has been here before but that was 16 years ago. They’ve been around since 1987.
We dropped in on a Saturday evening with reservations for 7:30pm. It was bumping. Clientele is what you would call old folks. Within an hour, the place had cleared out. The inside is very old school with the red checkered clothed tables and wooden brick walls. Service was mediocre.
The menu apparently hasn’t changed one bit (except for prices obviously). Appetizers, salads, soups, pastas, risotti, veal specialties, poultry & meats and seafood.
Click here to see the full menu (1 and 2).
2x Bruschetta ($5.95 for 2)
Diced tomatoes, oregano and garlic served with baked mozzarella cheese. This was okay but the baked cheese was odd addition.
Thinly sliced beef tenderloin garnished with Parmesan, capers and arugula. Much better; beef was well marinated but for the price, you don’t get much carpaccio.
Linguini pescatore ($24.95)
Assorted seafood in a tomato sauce. My dad always orders seafood. This one came with mussels and squid; he liked it but found his dish salty.
Spaghetti con polpette ($20.95)
Meatballs and tomato sauce. Om’s mom ordered this.
Fettucini con capesante ($22.95)
Scallops in a rose sauce. The fettucini had a good bite although I would have liked it a bit more al dente.
Rose sauce was creamy but oh man, it was salty. Scallops were a dinky little pieces.
Penne con capesante ($22.95)
My sis got the same dish except with penne (which they can do gluten free) and added mushrooms to hers.
Fettucini tettrazzini ($20.95)
Mushroom and chicken breast in a cream sauce. Om wasn’t impressed with the sauce nor to tiny bits of pieces you’d call mushrooms. Didn’t live up to his previous meals here back in the good ‘ol days.
We weren’t over the moon with our meal at BG. Decent Italian but nothing special to make me want to come back for more.
Buon Giorno Ristorante Italiano
823 17 Avenue SW