A little hidden gem tucked away in Reed Point Marina, off the Barnet Highway in Port Moody. Casa Fabesso Italian Restaurant looks like a house or shack . It seems rather random on the parking lot overlooking the parked boats. It is anything but random: 1. You need to call ahead to RSVP (it is not some place you can drop in); 2. It is for authentic Italian cuisine lovers; 3. Chef Roberto creates “Degustazione” (tasting menus) based on seasonal availability and market freshness of all ingredients.
We came here for a friend’s birthday and we had the whole place to ourselves. Casa Fabesso Italian Restaurant offers private dinner party. We had our own private chef! This requires a group reservation of 20 guests or more. The night we arrived, it was pouring rain and there was no view to be enjoyed. I would imagine on any other clear starry night, it would’ve much more romantic.
We were greeted by friendly service and while we mingled by the bar / drinks area for some wine and hors d’œuvres: sardine, avocado and tomatoe burchetta.
The main dining room in Casa Fabesso Italian Restaurant was arranged with a long table with tons of natural light and windows. The only strange part was the solo washroom was located inside the dining room. We joked whether we would hear the person doing their business. But I think we were much too noisy. Noise blocked. Good!
Casa Fabesso Italian Restaurant Tasting Menu : $55/person (not including tax/tip). Let me being to say the portions are very generous. There was a lot of doggy bagging and I still don’t understand how some of the boys were able to finish everything off their plates.
Appetizers – Grilled calamari stuffed with ricotta, Caprese salad, Polenta with Baccala (dried cod): It is when fresh ripe tomatoes meet light tasting fresh cheese you realize you are off to a good start. The calamaris were tender and moist and the ricotta albumin was slightly sweet in taste. This was a heavy start and I realized I needed to pace myself if I wanted to make it to the main course.
Risotto with prawns & leek: This creamy dish a lightly seasoned over individually al dente rice cooked at the right temperature. Compared to the Tagliatelle it lacked some kick.
Second course – Grilled tenderloin of pork, Braised beef, served with grilled vegetables: Honestly at this point I really couldn’t eat anymore. But it wasn’t much of a loss since the dish overall was very salty. The meat seemed a bit over cooked and the grilled vegetables wasn’t too impressive either.
Dessert – Tiramisu: Nicely presented as a cake! Perfect for the birthday girl. Ladyfinger cookies are dipped in coffee and layered with mascarpone and dusted with cocoa powder. A light but creamy dessert.
It was a lovely experience but I’m not sure how inclined I would be to go back given the enormous portions I can’t finish. Our visit will need to be pre-planned.
Casa Fabesso Italian Restaurant Port Moody
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta
Monday Group Bookings Only (10 or more)
Tuesday Group Bookings Only (10 or more)
Wednesday Group Bookings Only (10 or more)
Thursday Dinner by reservation only
Friday Dinner by reservation only
Saturday Dinner by reservation only
Sunday Group Bookings Only (10 or more)
850 Barnet Hwy, Port Moody, BC V3H 1V6