After 37 years, one of Vancouver’s longest-running Italian restaurants, Il Giardino (1382 Hornby Street), will be closing in spring 2013. While no specific close date was announced, the restaurant released a statement today (January 7) noting that the land has been purchased by a real estate developer with plans to build condominiums.
“It was a very bittersweet decision to make, as Il Giardino is one of my proudest career achievements,” owner Umberto Menghi stated in a news release. “The staff and loyal guests at Il Giardino are like family to me, but I’m happy we are leaving on a high note. And, that diners will still get a chance to experience Il Giardino once or twice more before we close and say one last goodbye. I’m deeply grateful for the loyalty and longstanding support of my gracious staff and chefs.”
The restaurant was known for serving Northern Italian cuisine in a fine-dining setting. In the summer, Il Giardino’s private, Tuscan villa-inspired patio was a popular spot for dining al fresco.
Menghi, a 65-year-old restaurateur and cookbook author, will continue to oversee his two restaurants in Whistler, Il Caminetto and Trattoria.