La Piola ●●●●○
Any athlete who has spent time training or competing in Italy can tell you that this restaurant is the real deal. La Piola features Italian specialties—Panini, pasta, and pizza—that will take you back to the best restaurants and pizzerias in Italy. They have replicated the European café ambiance as well—hold the indignant Italian waiter—with a casual atmosphere, fine cappuccino, and sliding doors that open onto the street in the summer. Recharge your carbs at this great Italian eatery.
Pizza’s are my favourite at this eatery, but, being thin crust, are not substantial to fill me up after 3 sessions on the water. I recommend doubling up with a pizza ($14) and pasta ($9-$12). That puts an athlete-sized dinner here at around $24 but given the authentic cuisine of La Piola, it’s well worth it for occasional reminder of why we like to train in Italy.
La Piola also features fine deserts, olive oils, balsamic vinegars, dry pasta, and other specialty foods that are hard to find in western grocery stores. Beware, there is (technically) only one parking spot (street parking is allowed) but really who wants to sit in a café and look out over a parking lot anyway?
Rating: 4.0/5.0La Piola 3189 QUADRA STREET
Victoria, BC, Canada V8X 1E9
Open Tuesday to Saturday for Lunch & Dinner, 11:30am till 7pm Thursday Friday Saturday till 8:00pm