Treat Your Tastebuds To A Taste Of Italy at Caffè La Tana on Commercial Drive

Do you like good coffee and Italian food?  Try out Caffè La Tana on Commercial Drive.  Here is a press release about what you can expect.


Commercial Drive alimentari hires new head chef 
and introduces Valentine’s Day offerings
Vancouver, B.C. (January 28, 2019): Caffè La Tana is buzzing with espresso-sipping patrons seeking solace from the winter chill. Styled after the Italian alimentari, the cozy grocer and café offer a warm welcome where diners can linger over delectable pastries and pastas. With the recent appointment of Head Chef Letitia Wan and romantic Valentine’s Day offerings upcoming, the café is quickly becoming a neighbourhood favourite.
The Caffè La Tana team is thrilled to welcome Letitia Wan, whose impressive kitchen resume includes award-winning Vancouver eateries Di Beppe and Ask for Luigi. Chef Wan has rolled up her sleeves and is fine-tuning the restaurant’s fresh pasta program, which promises to attract pasta-lovers by the droves. “I am so excited to join the team at Caffè La Tana. Nothing brings people together quite like an authentic Italian meal, and I love that our guests can dine with us or take a taste of Italy home with them,” says Chef Wan.

Each morning, the kitchen crew crafts fresh pasta to sell in-store or cook up for diners seeking a simple, nourishing meal. Patrons can select their preferred pasta at the picturesque pasta fresca case, which features handmade egg noodles, seasonal stuffed varieties, and rare shapes like tajarin and orecchiette. A rotating selection of 3-4 pastas are sold by weight to take home, or to sample alongside a variety of house made sauces, such as cappellacci di zucca with brown butter and crispy sage.

Though pasta fresca takes centre stage, Caffè La Tana’s breakfast and lunch menu offers plenty of alternatives. Savour lobster tail with scrambled egg, avocado and smoked salmon or pancetta; Osteria Savio Volpe’s famed kale salad; or a salumi and formaggio plate served with gnocco fritto. Post-meal, browse colourful shelves stocked with local and imported fixings for charcuterie plates; in-season produce; and bulk Italian candies. Guests can purchase refillable bottles of house olive oil and vinegar, which are used at Caffè La Tana as well as sister restaurants Pepino’s Spaghetti House and Savio Volpe. Once empty, guests can simply bring their bottles back for a refill; $11 refill for vinegar and $13.99 for olive oil.
This Valentine’s Day, Caffè La Tana is serving up fresh, house made beet and ricotta stuffed ravioli, enjoyable over a leisurely meal at the café or to take home for a romantic evening feast. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase fresh-cut roses for their loved ones.
Located at 635 Commercial Drive, Caffè La Tana is open daily from 8am to 6pm.

Fresh Fall Pastries from Thierry Cafe

Chocolate, pastries, and a coffee on a Fall day.  What could be better?  Thierry Cafe sent me this announcement of their seasonal pastries which look delicious and I’d like to pass along to you.


– Delectable Delights For Thanksgiving Celebrations and Beyond –

Vancouver, B.C. (September 18th, 2017) – Make your way to Thierry Cafe for a taste of autumn with the release of the season’s most delicious sweets. Chef Thierry Busset has been busy in his kitchen crafting a line-up of artisanal cakes and pastries that sing with seasonal flavours, from caramelized apple to spiced pumpkin.

“My inspiration for our new fall offerings is a combination of personal and guest favourites, remembered from the restaurants I’ve had the pleasure of working in throughout my career,” says Chef Thierry. “Rich, caramel notes with chocolate lashings that are tempered with nutty flavours always speak to me that fall is finally here.”

Choose from a selection of seasonal cakes like the Pistachio Nut Cake that is a composition of pistachio jaconde, ganache, and buttercream studded with a mix of candied nuts. Or for those with an affection for choux pastry, try the famed Paris Brest with its praline and rich hazelnut cream filling. Thierry’s Mont Blanc is a concerto of flavours combining chestnuts, meringue, and fresh whipped cream, and the classic Coconut, Coffee and Chocolate Tart is a flavoursome trifecta. The Seasonal Creme Brulee takes a twist with hints of pumpkin and is a rich, decadent dessert for the serious sweet tooth. All full cakes are traditionally French, with that unmistakable Thierry flair, and are offered in-store from October 1st in multiple sizes ranging from $28.95 to $57.95.

Macaron lovers will be delighted with the fall season’s newest flavours like Bailey’s Hot Chocolate, Pumpkin Buttered Rum, and Spiced Old Fashioned. Silky, smooth, and intense flavourings are the perfect complement to an espresso or steaming cup of hot chocolate enjoyed on the year-round patio. Pick and choose your favourites from $2.50 each.

Thanksgiving celebrations wouldn’t be the same without one of Thierry’s seasonal creations such as his signature Apple Tart from his days with Chef Marco Pierre White, his luscious Chestnut Tart, and his delectable Pear Bourdaloue. Pick up any of these tarts from October 1st onwards and dazzle your guests with a fitting finale to your fall harvest dinner — they  pair well with turkey, too! Choose from a variety of sizes and prices from $24.95 to fit any party size.

Thierry Cafe is located at 1059 Alberni Street and is open from 7 am to midnight on weekdays and 8 am to midnight on weekends and holidays.