When Bettyboop invited us to try out some Italian foodz at Pasta Polo, we were like “Hmm”—jk we said yes right away. As if we ever had to think about whether or not to try a restaurant.
Because we were both hungover, we started with drinks. Obviously. Mell got a regular caesar, while Grace got Polo’s house caesar (they infuse their vodka with peppers for some extra heat). Bettyboop got the lavender lemon martini, which was refreshing and delicious af so we’ll be ordering that next time.
G: Ahhhhh. I can feel the hangover leaving already. Lemon and lime on the rim? Wuuuuut
M: Starting to feel human again yasss
We weren’t going to order the calamari originally, but the server recommended it. AND BOY WERE WE GLAD WE DID. Soft, battered ever so slightly but seasoned thoroughly, this blew our minds. We still dream about this dish.
G: Holy. Shit. What am I EATING. Is that pesto aioli? This is the best calamari everrrr
M: This is UNREAL. I’ve never eaten so much calamari in my life, this is crack
We’d never heard of this pasta called “maffalda,” so we took advantage of this occasion to try it. Pasta Polo makes all their pastas fresh in house each morning + Mell was fienin for some Italian sausage, so this was just perfect.
G: Mmmm that’s some good sausage.
M: Love it when you say that
We were about to polish our drinks by this point, so upon Bettyboop’s recommendation, we got the margarita royale. This one went down dangerouly easy and was surprisingly sweet.
We also decided mussels were a good idea. These ones came in a saffron cream and white wine sauce. They were HUGE and cooked beautifully—we could taste the sea.
We tried to be healthy and supplemented with a garden greens salad. The vinaigrette was tasty—a good basic.
Next up, we chose the veal cannelloni. We haven’t chanced upon a lot of cannelloni in our time, so we were pretty excited for this. Super cheesy, filled with veal, herbs, plus a lil spinach, this was hella filling yet we managed to make a good impression and what we didn’t finish, we took home. Soooo yum the next day toasted in the oven.
We always enjoy a good thin-crust pizza so Bettyboop suggested the West Coast pizza.
It has A TON of smoked salmon, mascarpone cheese, onion, capers, and mozzarella. We added sun-dried tomatoes for extra sweetness.
On top of allll this food, we somehow made room for dessert.
Enter: chocolate mousse cake which has an epic brownie crust with hot-fudge-like sauce in between the crust and mousse. A decadent finisher.
But that’s not all. Why would we have one when we could have TWO desserts?! We couldn’t pass up the classic tiramisu. This one’s base was soggier than expected, so the mousse cake wins this matchup.
Totally wish we had the foresight to wear stretchy pants because we haven’t eaten this much in a hot minute. We were pleasantly surprised at how delicious this meal was and also impressed that Pasta Polo make their own pastas in house each morning. It was a little trek for us to come out to Coquitlam, but hey… +1 for good life choices. Now we have a restaurant to hit up when we’re in the area and feeling like Italian and amazing calamari. #winning