Best Mediterranean winner cooks Italian with comfort and creativity

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      You may know chef Pino Posteraro by way of the many celebrities who walk through the doors of his restaurant on any given night—Drake, Bono, and Stanley Tucci are just a few of the boldface names who visit his restaurant, . What they seek is what Chef Pino has been offering Vancouverites for years: comfort and Italian cooking graced with modern techniques. 

      Chef Pino was born in Italy, and this heritage is infused nightly into his dishes, whether a bold pappardelle with four-hour-braised veal cheeks and porcini mushrooms or a traditional rib eye cooked Tuscan-style. Using Italian methods and the finest ingredients available, often sourcing items that few in the city can get their hands on, chef Pino combines skills learned in his homeland with modern fusion. Yes, his food is Italian—but it’s also inventive. Perhaps that’s why night after night he cooks for a full house, where guests may find themselves seated next to anyone from Al Gore to Snoop Dogg. 

      U2's Bono is among some of the famous faces to have enjoyed chef Pino's culinary creations.

      Throughout his career, Chef Pino has dedicated himself to sharing all that Italian cuisine has to offer, a dedication that was recognized in 2018 when he was awarded a Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy by the Italian government. 

      Whether joining for a glass of wine and a bowl of pasta at the bar or for a meal to celebrate a special occasion, the next time you visit Cioppino’s, be sure to keep your eyes open. You may see a celebrity, but what you’ll definitely find is some of the best cooking in the city.