Trattoria Di Umberto is a high end Tuscan Italian restaurant at the Mountainside Lodge in Whistler’s village, slight off the Village stroll. Our dining companions had tried and liked their sister restaurant Il Caminetto Di’Umberto, so we decided to give this place a try. They have 4 locations.
Decor, Vibe – Trattoria Di Umberto has an open kitchen area with counter dining. Two distinct dining areas have modern Mountain style Italian decor and the peculiar view of the lodge’s swimming pool. So you can see and ‘interesting’ people getting in and out of the pool area. The place was packed with fellow tourists and skiers.
Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)
Trattoria Di Umberto Menu has a wide variety of items, including many pasta favorites, and hearty entrées. All the prices we list are in Canadian dollars.
Caesar salad ($12.95) crisp romaine, housemate Caesar dressing, focaccia croutons, shaved Grana padana was a solid and classic salad.
Pan seared Arctic char ($34.95), served with hand peeled baby shrimp and a champagne butter was an excellent daily special with some perfectly cooked super fresh fish. Perhaps it was good because we were so close to the Arctic?
Roasted venison chops ($39.95) Sun-dried cherry and cipollini marmalade was a solid dish with two medium rear, bone-in chops and some very nice cherries.
Antipasto alla Toscana Platter ($26.95 for 2) An Assortment of Seasonal Hors D’oeuvres, vegetables, assorted meats, and seafood was a reasonably sized dish with nothing in particular standing out.
Diver Scallops ($20.95) from Vancouver were cooked in a subdued orange basil butter sauce. The scallops were huge, almost too big. Flavors were okay, caramelization on the minimum side.
Pappardelle Ragu di Carne ($26.95) Veal, wild mushrooms,rucola, and green peppercorn sauce was very good but it was made with clearly sub optimal dry noodles.
Salmon Scalopini ($34.95) had a thinly sliced salmon fillet, lightly grilled, with a little bit of light white sauce. Solid but not special.
Penne lamb pasta ($25.95) had lots of pasta and a strong tomato-based lamb sauce. Also average.
Linguine alle Vongole ($21.95) Clams, garlic, tomatoes, Italian parsley, and white wine broth was an average pasta dish, but had lots of clams.
Trattoria Di Umberto had solid service, kept our glasses full, but slacked off as the restaurant filled up. Prices are very high here, even for a high-end resort, and food quality is just good, making this not the best value around. If you’re looking for quality Italian food and willing to pay the price give this place a try. Araxi costs the same and is better. Sizable wine list with wines by the glass from $10, bottles from $44.
They also run:
Il Caminetto Di’Umberto
4242 Village Stroll
1382 Hornby Street
1380 Hornby Street