Il Terrazzo. We were seated in a lovely indoor patio with a warm fireplace nearby and surrounded by brick walls. Thank goodness because despite being summer already, it was really freezing out. The restaurant was at its full capacity on Canada Day with people constantly coming in and out. It was absolutely chaotic inside. Nonetheless, I was thoroughly impressed by how quickly the food came out altogether from the kitchen.
My initial impression of the restaurant was that they would be serving traditional rustic Italian fare, but, in fact, their creations were much more redefined than I imagined.
We were offered a basket complimentary bread with tasty mixed olive tapenade. If only we could take a jar home too.
The heavier dishes started to arrive. Misto Di Carne a la Casa, a trio of cabbage roll, duck confit, and lamb chop. The duck was tender and flavorful with crispy skin served on top of mashed potato, brocoloni, and lentil. The lamb chop was too well-done since B requested medium rare. Nonetheless, she still complimented on its excellent seasoning. The cabbage roll was filled with veal and wrapped with crispy prociutto.
Linguine Marco Polo was a unique pasta dish and a rather large portion. It was a very vibrant dish with many textures and flavors coming together; the pesto, sweet mangoes, crunchy cashews, acidic tomatoes, roasted peppers. We didn't finish this but it made a great leftover for the next day.
Il Terrazo offers a classic old world vibe with a unique spin on traditional Italian dishes. We would definitely call it a go-to place when in Victoria.