While in Prince George I had the pleasure of experiencing the wonderful dining experience at Cimo’s Italian Restaurant. It was thanks to my sister and brother in-law that I was able to go and enjoy it, as they had boasted about it as being their favorite restaurant in Prince George. I myself was happy to go where ever they wanted to take me, in which case also left me completely open with no expectations. I always find in most cases if you go into something without expectations – that it leave no room for disappointment, yet, loads of room to be more impressed then anticipated. This was that such case, I was very impressed.
You can see right off the hop it is a popular place, and in no time after our arrival it was filling up. The manager was kind enough to take the time out to come over and give us a very in depth description of Cimo‘s and its values as a fine dining establishment.
I was instantly thrilled to learn that it prizes itself on being a Green restaurant, and not only do they use recycled to-go containers, and recycle and compose the majority of their waste, BUT, they also use mainly locally grown handpicked ingredients from British Columbia. You can imagine, my eye’s lit up so fast it almost blinded everyone around me. We all know, my motto is to drink and eat as locally as possible everywhere in the globe I happen to be. With those fresh ingredients, they hand make their pasta daily, with fresh farmed eggs, and all preservative free. A restaurant after my own heart.
Just when I didn’t think it could get better, they also have a fabulous selection of local British Columbia wine. Are you freaken kidding me?! These are the experiences I live for. Local all the way. Not to mention, in my own Country, and right down to everything being local from the same province. That I appreciate even more. It’s far too often, every thing nowadays is chain restaurants, shipped in from far away, mass produced etc. You know what I mean. So to find little gem’s like this one, where you can taste and see the quality – is special indeed.
We chose to order their feature wine, which was from the Northern Lights Estate Winery right there in Prince George. We ordered 2 different types. You can’t be there and try just one. That would be selling yourself short, seize the moment! The one on the left is Bumbleberry, and beautiful blend of Saskatoon, Blueberry, and Raspberry. Unique, and divinely refreshing. On the right we have, Seduction, a strawberry rhubarb blend. As a young girl I used to love when my grandma would make rhubarb pie and rhubarb jam, it was my favorite. The rhubarb plant is absolutely underrated, and I was very intrigued when I seen it was blended in this fine wine. Light, refreshing, summery. My taste buds were seduced, that was absolutely on point.
They have a fabulous Italian menu. Seeing as how I have spent the better of the last 4 years living in the Mediterranean, I am used to the freshest, most authentic Mediterranean and Italian food there is. This can make me a little harder to impress when being over seas and ordering it. However, it was as fresh, authentic(as authentic as you can get not being in Italy that is) and delicious as they promised it to be. Each of us ordered different entree’s, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals -down to the last bite.
Let’s not forget about dessert. You can’t not try their desserts while you are there too. Creme Brulee, and Tiramisu. Traditionally awesome.
So I would have to say, I enjoyed an exceptional dining experience at Cimo’s. Fabulous food, wine, service, atmosphere, and incredible company. As local as it get’s, unless you were on a farm that is. I recommend it to anyone and everyone who finds themselves in the Prince George area. Keeping it local no matter where in the world I am.