CinCin Festa di Funghiby
Perched atop a glow of retail neon on Robson Street, CinCin is an Italian oasis of fine dining, comfort, and indulgence. John and I were recently invited to taste the latest culinary creations from the heritage wood-fired cucina during their Festa di Funghi.
We were in Chef Todd Howard’s hands in terms of the menu while our server (and wine connoisseur) Jamie lead us on a delightfully decadent dining experience.
Our amuse bouche (sunchoke soup with chive oil) was followed by a serving of carpaccio (angus beef, mustard aioli, black trumpet mushrooms and boschetto al tartufo) and insalata di bietola (heirloom beets, buffalo mozzarella, basil and saba). Earthy, fresh, and fruity notes from Pemberton’s North Arm Farm mixed with bold, oaky Italian flavours from our wine pairings.
This was followed up by ravioli di zucca (with kuri squash, sage, amaretto and brown butter with agassiz hazelnuts) & pizzette di genzano (with fingerling potato, rosemary, taleggio cheese with black burgundy truffle). The ravioli was light and its sweet buttery flavour worked well with the crunch of the savoury pizza.
Cincin’s Italian cuisine is amped up with use of local ingredients including the Haida Gwaii halibut as our main course (served with mushroom crusted with umbrian lentils, roasted porcini and chianti vinaigrette). We also had the coniglio saltimbocca (saddle of rabbit with chanterelle mushrooms, ricotta gnocchi heirloom carrot puree and baby leeks) served with the trio of mushroom contorni (chanterelles, maitake and lobster mushrooms). The fish was so tender and weightless, the rabbit was completely unique, and the house-made gnocchi exquisitely tied the textures together.
It was our choice for dessert and being quite the dark chocolate fans we went with the black forest cake (with cherry sauce and pistachio gelato) and the dark chocolate and lemon semi-freddo (with hazelnut nougatine and organic raspberries). Petit fours also arrived at our table featuring Chef Thierry Busset’s famous macaroons, which are crunchy yet deliciously chewy slices of heaven.
We took our time with every pairing, enjoyed the warm, aromatic atmosphere, and soon three hours had passed. The dishes were not overwhelming by any measure and while some seemed abundantly decadent and rich, they were balanced out with other light and crisp flavours on the plate. We really enjoyed the family-style presentation, the time together clinking glasses, and the service which was as warm as the Alderwood air wafting from the oven.
If you would like to experience the Festa di Funghi before the end of November, leave a comment on this post to be entered to win your own night out at CinCin. The prize is for a chef’s tasting menu for two people including this month’s mushroom and truffle features.
The value of this prize is $200 (excluding beverage & gratuity) and I will draw a winner Wednesday November 17th.
Update The winner is IcemanYVR – have a fantastic dining experience!
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I have always wanted to try this place.
I like their pizza
Love the blog, love the pictures and LOVE food!
I want to try their ravioli di zucca. Looks yummy!
Um truffles? Yes please!
I love mushrooms. Being from France, food is in my blood and definitely part of my culture!
And I love mushrooms!
It’s mushroom season and would love to wina night out to cincin!
Would love to experience it
Wow – Dinner at Cin Cin would be a treat!
Sign me up! I love CinCin!
I’d love to try CinCin!
Count me in. I’m always up for a good meal.
Very Delicious – would love to dine here.
Mushrooms are one of my favourite fall foods.
CinCin is a wonderful restaurant.
I’ve heard wonderful things about CinCin. This is will be a nice way to try it out.
I have eaten at Cincin only once and it was a gastronomic delight indeed!
That meal looks amazing! Would love to go!
Yummy mushrooms! A perfect way to celebrate my anniversary with my husband!
One of those restaurants that I have been curious about, but have never tried.
Everything looks and sounds so delicious! I would love to try these yummy creations myself!
I have heard a lot about truffles but never tasted them. This would be a fabulous prize to win.
I would absolutely love to try Cincin!
looks fantastic! I know who I’d take with me.
wow, food looks so yummy:) cin cin huh?
sounds very delicious!
Mushrooms, my favourite vegetable!
Amazing prize! The food looks delicious!
Looks very yummy.
looks great! would love to try it!
black forest cake, dark chocolate and lemon semi-freddo, macaroons. OH. MY. GOSH! That sounds and looks delicious!
I’ve only been there once and it was amazing. Would love to go again!
I would be absolutely thrilled to go to CinCin
looks like food heaven!
Truffles are my FAVORITE!! Everything looks so tasty – I’d love to experience a the chef’s tasting menu at Cin Cin!
I’ve always wanted to try Cin Cin’s! Looks great!
Mmmm mushrooms! Mushroom risotto is my signature dish:)
It would be so wonderful if I can win this contest to go to CinCin. Thanks for holding this contest!
That food looks AMAZING!! My husband and I need a need away from the kids and this would be the perfect reason to get out for a few hours!!
mmmmm funghi! 🙂 I would love to win this delicious prize!
Those photos look delicious!
mmmmm that looks amazing!!!!!
I want to take my husband there please!
Please pick me so i can take my gf there for my anniversary!!
I have always passed this place, but my friends say it is expensive so I never went to try it. The pictures that you posted made me drool.
Looks very yummy! I’d love to try it.
This could be a great experince 🙂
The food looks delicious!
So this is what Italian fine dining looks like!
mmmm delicious write up! The food looks so amazing but then it is from CinCin afterall. It’d be amazing to try the Fiesta di Funghi. Thanks for having this contest.
I always wanted to try Cin Cin’s!!!! I heard so many great things about the restaurant!!!
Looks delicious! And isn’t the presentation is gorgeous? Love it!
Mmmm….The food looks great, never been but would love to try!
Looks amazing, would love to try it.
all looks delicious and delectable
Love this place! Hook me up with the prize please and thank you;)
Yummm…. would love to give cin cin a shot!
I’d love to surprise my wife with this!!
We love Cin Cin, and the Festa di Funghi looks fabulous!
only been once but would love to go with no worries about price 😉 it looks amazing!!
Dreaming of Funghi!!!
Have heard so much, would love to try Cin Cin finally!
I’m a fun guy…
the food looks terribly yummy in the pics. would love to try it out!
The photo’s make my mouth water! Yum, what a great prize. Thanks!
I’ve never been to CinCin for dinner. I’ve always wanted to try it. Their tasting menu looks fabulous!
A mushroom walks into a bar and orders a beer. The bartender looks at him and says, ” I don’t think so. We don’t serve your type in this place”.
The mushroom looks bewildered and in a loud voice says, “Why not? I’m a fun guy!”.
Nothing says fall like a fest of the funghi!
Wow, I’ve never been and have heard only good things! I’d love to go.
Mmmmm looks delish
I walk by CinCin regularly on my way to work and back, yet I’ve never had the chance to go. This menu sounds delicious! Might have to take a wander up those stairs, finally!
Cin Cin is such a fantastic restaurant.
I have never wanted mushrooms more than after reading & viewing all these amazing dishes!
Absolutely love this place and would love to go again of course!
Looks heavenly! That restaurant is on my list of Vancouver places to try!
Ah, I just walked past this place yesterday and wanted to try. How perfect!
Wow, great pictures and the food looks amazing!
Have been enjoying Cin Cin since it first opened to much acclaim. Still one of the best Italian rooms, food, service and vibe in Vancouver!
I hope I win. Thanks for this offer.
I’ve always wanted to visit & would love to win! Great contest as usual 🙂
I was having dinner there once and looked up to see kd lang sitting across the room! Great pasta, in very good company.
Looks great! CinCin is one of our favorite restaurants!
My mouth is watering!
Looking forward to finally dining at CinCin. Pick me! Pick me!
yum yum in ma tum. 🙂
Mmmmm! I saw these pics last night and was convinced I should try this place. Looks yummy!
I’ve been there once and had a great dish! Great feature and contest as always!
Fabulous! Great place to kick off the holiday season.
I’ve only ever been to Cin Cin during Dine Out and that was YEARS ago. Would love to go back as these photos are making me drool with hunger! 🙂
Cin Cin never disappoints. Looks very delicious.
Wow. Looks amazing and a foodie’s delight.
I would like to experience the Festa di Funghi.
I have friends that eat here all the time (lucky, lucky). Italian is such a treat, especially with anything mushroom! The sage and hazelnuts sound amazing in the ravioli di zucca…would love to win this!
Great Love It!
CinCin has to be one of my favorites in the city. Not that I get to go often!
I love CinCin!
This looks fabulous! I would love to experience the Festa di Funghi at CinCin 🙂
Sounds like a feast to be had!!
I love their pastas…so good!
Thanks for giving me “hungry eyes!” I need to get down there and sample their wares…
If you say “Cin-Cin” in the presence of anyone who understands the Japanese language, expect to hear some giggles!
I’ve always wanted to try this place but it’s a bit beyond a student’s budget!
Great idea, would love to take my wife there for our anniversary 🙂
id love to win this! their food is delicious!
I promise to take @gracecheung604 if I win!
Wow! What a delicious treat!!
This looks amazing.
An excellent restaurant.
Yum! Enter me pls 🙂
Sounds excellent. Taste delights.
Enter me please!
Making me hungry
I’m such a foodie but unfortunely, I’ve only been to CinCin once. I’d love to take my bf who’s never been here!
what an awesome selection of mushrooms. love that they try and use as many local ingredients as possible. locavore all the way!
Cin Cin was the very first place where we dined when we moved to Vancouver and we’ve since fallen in love with all the Table Top restaurants. We are still good friends with two of Cin Cin’s employees from that time…Lori and Sue. It would be fabulous to return and experience all their latest culinary treats.
Looks delicious! CinCin is amazing. 🙂
That looks incredible!
Who DOESN’T love Italian food?! MMMMMMMM!
Here’s my entry!
I have been eating delicious Italian food all weekend and looking at your pictures and reading this I still want more.
I’ve heard lots of AMAZING things about Cincin but have never been! Would love to try this restaurant!
Look at those pictures, astounding!
Looks amazing and delicious 🙂
I was recently there with a large group before heading to the Opera. I was impressed with how they ensured we stayed on time and got out the door at the time we requested. It wasn’t easy but they handled it fantastic. The food was great too – just wished we had had time for desert.
This food looks fantastic! I haven’t been to this restaurant in ages so would love to win. Thanks
I’ve always wanted to try CinCin, thanks for the great blog!!
Oooooooo I’ve always wanted to try!!! Pick ME!!! I’m a carb-atarian who LOVES Italian!!! 🙂
Ooooh, this would awesome! Haven’t been to CinCin yet but I am super impressed by Araxi and West so I’m sure that CinCin would live up to its siblings high standards.
I would like to win this! Looks good!
Would love to go!
cicin is supposedly a sister restaurant to the corner suite – if thats the case, sign me up!!!!
Love Cin Cin – this is a great prize!
what a great prize! id love to visit.
I’ve always wanted to visit CinCin’s… this would make it an even awesomer experience!!!
I once had a butternut squash ravioli at CinCin…. I still dream of it – tastiest thing I ever ate. Ever.
CinCin is awesome.
I’ve always wanted to go to CinCin’s. The food looks absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing. I understand the comment now on “food come” (in a very positive way!). Thanks for sharing Rebecca.
I’d love to enter ^_^ thanks.
CinCin looks like it offers up a truly sumptuous feast. A dinner there is something devoutly to be wished.
Yum!! What a great prize!
Cin Cin means good memories, excellent food and a great atmosphere!
I have never been there before. Would love to go!
It all looks delicious.
Sign me up! It looks delicious.
I have only been to Cincin once but would love to return! crossing my fingers to win 🙂 Thanks Miss604!
Mmmmm. Yummy !!!
Would love to try! 🙂
That would be one fantastic meal!
I would love to be able to take my wife there. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win such an exotic meal. It’s funny…I just learned what an amuse bouche was by watching Top Chef.
Thierry makes the best macarooons!! 🙂
Have never been to CinCin.
I’ve always wanted to try this place!!!!!
Count me in!
I’ve always wanted to try this restaurant. Can’t wait to go
Would love to try this place out!!
Ooh we’ve never been to Cin Cin! Would loooove to go 🙂
Love to give it a try!
I always enjoy your blogs. That looks nice.
Sounds delicious, I’d love to give it a try!
thanks for the contest. mmmm i love me some mushrooms!
My mouth is watering just from looking at the pictures! Would be awesome to try this place out and surprise my bf for our anni/ new job celebration.
Fantastic pizza!! Unbelievable!!
I love their halibut …
Mmm…I love funghi!
Wow this would be a wonderful prize!
Ive never tried it but heard it’s good!
Love the food here. And the people watching is great too!
Sounds great. Sign me up!
WOW! and salivating at the screen, great post! *Now wiping off mouth*
mmMmMMMmMMMMmm!!!! Could use a night out!
One of the best tiramisu in town!
Looks amazing. Always looking for unique places to try.
I need to take my lady out!
always want to try Chin Chin but haven’t had a chance. gotta go on a date night!
That sounds like a wonderful evening. 🙂
This sounds so heavenly!
CinCin is one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver, hope to get to try out the yummy mushrooms:)
This would make a great birthday surprise for my boyfriend 🙂
This would be an amazing prize! 🙂
I have never been there, but this looks spectacular!
Looks & sounds fabulous!
I want to win, because I’m such a fun-guy.
Wow, the food looks fantastic!
haven’t dine out a while, this would be a great oppurtunity!
I’m a fungi-maniac so bring it on, please! Also love the place though haven’t been for years.
Looks fabulous! Would love to enjoy a meal here.
My mouth is watering!
I’d love to go!
That looks incredible. Speechless.
I’ve never been to Cin Cin – would love to experience it!
Jeez… it would change from my usual Phily rolls ha ha 😉
Please pick me! I’ve always wanted to try the dishes!
Wow! I think my heart just skipped a beat.
I’ve never been here before 🙂 Sounds absolutely delicious!
It’s my birthday next Thursday 🙂 Would be fabulous to win, dine and blog about it after! Thank you!
Oh my word. What an experience! Glad you enjoyed it!!
Best Ahi Tuna in town at Cin Cin.
Tantalizingly delicious – or at least it reads that way. Would love to experience it first hand.
Wow – this food looks amazing. I’ll be hungry all day now.
Truffles Pizza – now that’s something to try! The food looks wonderful and reminds me of my time studying in Tuscany and the amazing food we got to try there!
A lovely way to end a day of Christmas shopping with friends. Viva Italia!
Love to try out CinCin. Heard the desserts are excellent here! 🙂
Yummy…what an awesome prize…would love to win 🙂
I’d like to go.
Always wanted to go!
Had the best pizza of my life at cin cin’s. Would love to try the fungi fest!
never been to cincin! this looks delicious
I have been to CinCin once and it was delicious! I would love to go back.
Cin Cin, one of the nicest restaurants in Vancouver? Sold.
Would love to win this. I love Cin Cin.
I haven’t tried this place yet. Its a must on my list of things to do.
CinCin is the best!
I’ve never been but the food looks incredible!
Cin Cin nom nom.
Would love a chance to eat at cincin!
I’ve never been to CinCin before, but always wanted to try.
My friend always tells me about this, I will try it this time!
Not even going to try to come up with something clever to say… just commenting for the contest 🙂
Went one year for Dine Out and loved it. Would be great to go back!
CinCIn is fab – would be fantastic to way to celebrate the close of 2010!
I am new to BC but have already heard of this restaurant. The food looks divine and can’t wait to try it out!
Looks Good Good!!
Wow! Looks amazing.
Chef Todd Howard was featured on a recent episode of Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag! Would love to go!
I have heard the service at Cin Cin is out of this world!!
Always wished to go to CinCin …
Food looks amazing!
I love funghi!
This looks delicious! Just like my Nonna makes 🙂
The bet part about fall is mushrooms!
Cin Cin’s one of the top dining experiences in the city. Would love to win it!
Looks devine! Would love to try!
Love Cin Cin’s! Woo!
I would love to have a night out with my hubby. We have not been able to go out in ages & Cin Cin would be awesome to try!
Would love to try this out!
I love funghi
MMMMMM….haven’t been here since Maria left as the pastry chef..she made me a special taster plate as it was my birthday…oh so long ago…would love to go back !
All the dishes look fabulous!
I’ve always wanted to try this restaurant. Looks yum-o!
Loooooove Italian food!
The food looks amazing!
CinCin has the BEST desserts!!
I am convinced to go try this place! The food looks amazing!
The photos look amazing!! Truffles? Yum. 😀
We were just at CinCin on the weekend for our anniversary. Had the truffle gnocchi which was to die for. It was definitely a special treat – we’ve got family coming in from out of town and I’d love to be able to bring them.
CinCin’s definitely a restaurant for a special occasion. I’d love to take my sister here to celebrate her 35th birthday. That way, she has to share her cake with me.
Pictures tell a thousand words! Let’s start: yum, delicious, mouthwatering, mmm!
Would love this – have always wanted to try Cin Cin!!
Funghi for a fun-guy…okay…sorry…had to. That looks delicious!
Have always wanted to come to this place…thanks for the great article and photos!
Sounds like this would be a lovely anniversary dinner.
Sounds delish! I would love to take my husband for a surprise dinner date!
I’m in to win din’ at Cin Cin!
mmmm just looking at the pics, they look delicious
I’ve always wanted to go to CinCin.
It looks delicious!
I walk past CinCin everyday and I dream of dining there!
I would LOVE to go to CinCin!
Love to win this.
I’ll take my daughter
always wanted to try it out but still haven’t.
good luck everyone
What a treat!
I’d love to go.
Your food looks fabulous, would love to enjoy the experience!
My Mom thinks your food looks great and would taste fabulous. I would give it to her if I won 🙂
Would enjoy the food experience dining at your restaurant!
Mushrooms are my favorite. In Korea, they serve alot of mushrooms in lieu of meat (which is expensive), and it makes them very creative in their preparation.
I would really like to try the restaurant. Never had a chef take care of me personally before either.
I’ve always wanted to try truffles!
All looks delicious so would love to win this gift certificate. I have never tried truffles so would love to try them at the well-established Cin Cin restaurant as I am sure they would be delectable.
looks yummy … can’t wait to check it out!
my husband and I have been once. Food is yummy!!
I would love to try the food there!
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