ricardo's mediterranean cauliflowerLast week I had a little taste of Kelowna’s hidden Italian gemRicardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen – but in Vancouver!

Chef Ricardo Scebba and Sue Miller hosted a private roof top dinner for some of us Vancouver foodies. With each course we were broken into groups for a personal cooking lesson from Ricardo. My dish was the opening course: cauliflower.

Now this used to be my least favorite veggie, but that is not the case the way Ricardo does it. Cavolfiori Fritti (battered cauliflower) was a special treat because it isn’t a menu item at the restaurant – but the recipe is in his cookbook “That’s Amore: From Ricardo Scebba’s Mediterranean Kitchen.”

But what you will enjoy at the restaurant is Mama Concietta’s hand rolled meatballs that melt in your mouth like butter and Wild Salmon Al Fresco.

I was impressed not just by Ricardo’s culinary concoctions, but also by the quality of ingredients especially given the amount of fresh produce they grow themselves. You could taste it! And based on the awards they’re racking up – others agree with me.

ricardo's mediterranean

Your meal will likely be missing Sue’s tales about Ricardo’s and the life of Sue and Ricardo (her stories were almost as delicious as the Hazelnut Semi-Freddo)*, but I have faith you’ll come up with your own.

Now that’s amore!

*Our table let out a round of “OMGs” on this dessert.


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Shelley Mantei founded theitlists.com as part of the Glam.com network in 2006 (forever in fashion blog years!). The It Lists help busy women define their personal beauty, life and fashion style – vogue nirvana. It's a trend blog featuring the “it” bag, “it” girl, or “it” scoop! Shelley is also a public relations & social media consultant for life + style brands. She's a Vancouver import who now calls Toronto (Canada) home, but is always scooting somewhere to bring you jetsettera tales. Twitter: @shelleymantei

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