Food | Christmas at Il Covo Trattoria

Hello LLVI readers! Is that weird – LLVI?! Sarah and I still aren’t used to the name change (even though we’re OBSESSED with the switch to LLVI) so calling you LLVI’ers instead of LLN’ers is weird!

Speaking of changes, Sarah and I wanted to try some place new in Victoria (since, as you know, we’re newbies here). Which is why, when talks of Christmas dinner with our friend Jenna came about, we knew we wanted to try Il Covo Trattoria:

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Il Covo Trattoria, located in historic and vibrant James Bay, was a no brainer. Sarah and I stumbled upon Il Covo one day while exploring the James Bay neighbourhood. The brick and vine exterior caught our eye and piqued our interest – enough to check out their website. As soon as we were brought to their home page, we were hooked.

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At Il Covo Trattoria, you can expect truly authentic Italian fare. I LOVE me some Italian food – my godfather is Italian and the best meal I’ve had in my whole entire life (yes I have a list, don’t you?!) was in his home town an hour outside of Rome.

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Anyways, that’s besides the point. The point is: I love Italian food. So do Sarah and Jena. Which is why we wanted to go all out and order an appetizer, pasta, dessert AND an after-dinner coffee.

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For the appetizer, we decided on the Antipasto Il Covo for 2 (ahem – three). This is, like, such an essential start for many Italian meals. This platter came with an array of cured Italian meats, cheeses, marinated vegetables, assorted olives, bruschetta, AND fruit (so. much. tasty. food.) My personal favourite was the prosciutto-wraped cantaloupe. It’s one of those matches where you think “no, this won’t work. nope, nope, nope.” BUT I WILL NEVER DOUBT PAIRED MEAT AND FRUIT AGAIN.

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For mains, we all went with pasta. Duh. Sarah and Jenna both ordered the Pappardelle Al Funghi; a rich creamy white wine garlic sauce served on a bed of flat pasta with a medley of mushrooms. If you’re thinking – well, I can’t have gluten, I guess I’ll give this a miss… NOT SO FAST! Il Covo can substitute any pasta for a gluten-free spaghetti or penne (Jenna chose the latter):

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As I love seafood, I ordered the Spaghetti Allo Scoglio. I kinda wish this dish was made with a white sauce (the only tomato-based sauce I love is bolognese) but in any case, this dish was bomb. A light tomato, white wine and garlic sauce topped this dish alongside calamari, mussels, prawns, clams, flakes of rock fish and sea scallops. Such a treat for the tastebuds.

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Once we mowed down our fare, we had just enough room for dessert. Actually no we didn’t but whatever. You only live once.

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Cappuccinos, London Fogs and the best dang vanilla orange creme brûlées were had. It was the perfect cap to the end of our evening.

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I was so glad I wore a shift dress – there was no way I would have made it out of Il Covo without popping a button on jeans – my food baby was alive and kicking.

Have you dined at Il Covo Trattoria before? What’s your favourite dish?

Sarah and I are still finding our bearings in Victoria, so if you have any suggestions on places to eat please leave us a comment below!

Sean :)

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