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Located in New Westminister, Artusi restaurant is accozy restaurant with a clear character, served authentic contemporary rustic Italian food.
Vancity has been supporting people in our communities since 1946. As part of our Made in Vancouver series, which puts local businesses in the spotlight, we spoke to Delbert Cirfera, co-owner and head chef of Artusi Restaurant, about what makes his restaurant special. Find out more about what Vancity is doing in your community below vancity.com
Delbert Cirfera grew up in the restaurant world.
His family had run restaurants in Italy for as long as he could remember. After spending eight years in Vancouver’s hospitality industry, it was a breeze for Cirfera to open his own Italian restaurant.
Together with his wife and two other Italian friends, the four of them opened the Artusi Restaurant on 412 6th Street in Uptown New Westminster in winter 2019.
The spot takes its name from Pellegrino Artusi, a man who is distinguished by his passion for cooking and literature.
Pellegrino Artusi has been an inspiration to foodies around the world since 1891, when La Scienza was first published in Cucina e l’Arte di Mangiare Bene (The Science of Cooking and the Art of Good Eating).
“He created what is still considered the original Italian cookbook – built with traditional and culturally defining recipes from all corners of the nation, ”Cirfera told Daily Hive.
“We are proud to call ourselves Artusi and to internalize the history of Italian cuisine.”
In connection Pellegrino Artusi’s footsteps encompassing and showcasing Italian cuisine and culture is exactly what Artusi Restaurant in New Westminister does.
Using just a few ingredients, the chefs create flavourful dishes from scratch, many of which North Americans are not well-known.
“90% of the dishes on our menu are not common in North America, ”said Cirfera.
“This is part of the Artusi experience.”
Other parts of the Artusi experience include limited seating of just 40 to fully encapsulate “the joy and calm atmosphere of an Italian experience. “
In addition to a homely interior, the scent of freshly baked focaccia and pasta wafts through the restaurant.
When asked about the most popular dish on the menu, Cirfera knew straight away that it was gnocchi tartufati, which is porcini mushrooms and truffle sauce.
Although delicious, Cirfera’s favorite dish is Filetto di Manzo Tagliata, or pan-seared fillet of beef and fingerling potato with garlic, fresh herb butter and roasted tomatoes.
If you want to be whisked away to an evening in Italy, you can visit the Artusi restaurant on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visit clock.