October 14, 2020 Close to Home Staff

Please note, this event has been cancelled due to rising Covid-19 cases in Metro Vancouver.


TASTE OF… is the Italian Cultural Centre’s popular series of themed dinners that take guests on a gastronomical trip across Italy. Spanning from the northern regions all the way down to the Mediterranean islands, our guests will be able to taste not only regional specialties, but also creative dishes inspired by the rich Italian culinary tradition.

On this evening, we explore a traditional Italian ingredient, the radicchio. Radicchio is a perennial variety of chicory, very common in Italian cuisine. It has a bitter and spicy taste, that mellows during the cooking process. While some varieties are specific to some locations (for example, the Radicchio Rosso di Treviso, the Cicoria Variegata di Chioggia, etc…), chicory varieties are found – and cooked – in all regions of Italy, from north to south.


  • Grilled Radicchio Salad with Arugula, Balsamic Vinegar & Grana Padano
  • Radicchio, Aglio e Olio
    Rapini, Cherry Tomatoes and Roasted Garlic
  • Gnocchi with Radicchio Pesto and Goat Cheese
  • Pork Tenderloin with Radicchio Peperonata
  • Torta di Radicchio
    White Chocolate Radicchio Cake

This menu is created specifically for this evening, and we politely decline all requests for substitutions or modifications. Wine and other alcoholic drinks are not included, but are available for purchase during the dinner.

Reservations are necessary. Doors open at 6:00 pm, dinner is served at 6:30 pm in family style.

A limited number of tickets is available for this socially distanced event, where every table can only host a maximum of 6 guests that are part of the same household or bubble, up to a maximum of 50 people for the entire event, staff included. Precautions will be taken to avoid the spread of Covid-19, following the restrictions and instructions from the BC Health Authority.

Purchase tickets here