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There’s nothing I love more than a hot summer day, a glass of fabulous wine, and a selection of delectable, savoury tapas dishes.
And luckily, to my delight, I was recently afforded all three.
Situated in the midst of Edmonton’s increasingly popular 104 street strip, Lit Italian Wine Bar’s chic, sophisticated interior is a delightfully ambient complement to their excellent wine selection and mouth-watering tapas menu.
During my visit, I was treated to the comic wit of a friendly and personable waiter, who gave me some very honest wine suggestions. With the restaurant being out of the malbec, I opted for the tempranillo, which was every bit as good as he suggested. While I waited for my guests, I snacked on Lit’s complimentary popcorn – a nice touch, even if it does make you drink more.
For dinner, we chose a variety of plates to share, starting with olives and moving onto the antipasto board, the stuzzichini (a selection of calamari, spreads, and meats), the bizmark pizza (prosciutto, arugula, asiago, and eggs), and the parm frites (fries covered in parmesan that melt in your mouth).
Everything was unbelievably delicious and fresh (although I can’t speak for the calamari, which I avoid at all costs). My favourites for the night were the prosciutto-wrapped bocconcini and arugula (from the antipasto), the olive tapenade (from the antipasto and the stuzzichini), and the parm frites. Much like The Marc’s Frites with Truffle Aioli, Lit’s French fry dish is a savoury, addicting appetizer that will tickle your taste buds and maybe just induce you to eat the entire thing.
So far, I’ve had nothing negative to say about this restaurant. The food was great, the wine extremely drinkable (perhaps a little too much so), and the service friendly, funny, and attentive. Will the prices, however, bring the restaurant down a notch?
I wouldn’t say so. Lit isn’t the cheapest restaurant on the block, but – as I always say, when it’s true – the price is worth it. What you may pay for an entrée at one restaurant will be enough to get you one tapas plate from Lit. It’s worth it, though, if you enjoy fine Italian dishes and a great selection of the very best (reasonably-priced) wines. And, if you do as we did and go as a group, it doesn’t turn out to be that bad, averaging at about $50 a person for a variety of foods and a number of drinks (each).
So, yes. Do it. Get over to Lit. And, if you’re a red wine drinker like myself, do yourself a favour and order a half-litre of the tempranillo. Your palate will thank you.
Lit Italian Wine Bar
10132 104 Street
Edmonton, AB T5X 1J7
Lunch: Monday – Friday
Dinner: Monday – Saturday