Guest article by Julie H. Ferguson.
Tucked away at Reed Point Marina in Burrard Inlet is the award-winning Casa Fabesso restaurant. Don’t let the utilitarian look of it from the outside put you off – it’s the Tri-Cities’ best bet yet for foodies. A little set back from the water, this intimate restaurant inside is rustic Italian with a bar and a pleasant deck for lunch during the summer.
A Hidden Gem
Most locals have never heard of this restaurant, let alone eaten here, although it was voted Georgia Straight’s “Best in Vancouver” in 2010. Casa Fabesso doesn’t advertise or promote itself; it has no need – discriminating diners return time and again.
There are no huge plates of pasta here! Chef Roberto of Casa Fabesso creates authentic Italian cuisine with an uncompromising commitment to excellence, and his wife Anna works the front of the house. Don’t expect a dinner menu – Roberto prefers to surprise you with four or five courses especially for you. Diners, who have reserved a table, must call a minimum of 24 hours ahead to let him know if they want a meal based on seafood or meat.
Relaxed Dining, Local Ingredients
Chef Roberto gathers local, seasonal, organic ingredients that are as fresh as a daisy; he picks herbs from his own garden every day; then he creates you a dinner to die for. A wide variety of homemade baked goods and dolce (sweets) are available too, as well as specialty coffees from his vintage Faema espresso machine. Anna serves European-style – you will never be rushed as you enjoy each delicious dish throughout the evening.
In early September 2012, my husband and I spent three hours enjoying five divinely prepared and presented dishes based on our request for seafood:
- Deep-fried fresh sage alongside a small bruschetta topped with non-salty, cured anchovies. Bigger than an amuse bouche.
- Tuna carpaccio and cured Sockeye Salmon with a citrus topping on fresh lettuce. Quite a big serving.
- Home-made pasta with fresh tomatoes and Parmesan. A small serving and the best tasting pasta I’ve had outside Italy.
- Sea bass and salmon, lightly grilled with fresh local veggies. The fish was perfect – moist and full of flavour.
- Homemade lemon gelato.
Casa Fabesso does not serve wines by the glass, but offers a broad Italian list, one which I plan on working through! We chose a good Prosecco. (Soft drinks are available too).
This is not a cheap evening out, but one to be savoured with good company and conversation or for a special occasion. We can’t wait to go back!
What You Need to Know
- Adults only at dinner.
- Open for dinner Thursday through Saturday year-round. Reservations are essential.
- Remember to phone to tell the chef what you want a minimum of 24 hours in advance of your reservation.
- Group bookings for 10-30 on Sundays through Wednesdays only.
- Fully licensed.
- Open for lunch from May to mid-September, 11:00am-2:00pm.
850 Barnet Highway, Port Moody | 604.937.0727
Julie H. Ferguson is a curious foodie, an addicted traveller, an avid photographer, and the author of twenty books, four of which are about Canadian history and five are photo portfolios. She invites you to visit her travelog at and view her images at www.juliehferguson.crevado.com.