A new addition to Banff’s vibrant dining scene is Pacini, located in the new Moose Hotel & Suites. This is an impressive space with a warm and inviting ambiance, a plethora of seating options from high tops to couches and surrounded by giant picture windows to enjoy the Rocky Mountain views. The lounge is comfortable, you can sit at the giant bar and socialize with the mixologists, or relax on the couches to reflect on the days activities over a glass of wine or one of the signature cocktails like the Italian Sangria or the Purple Passion Fizz.
When you’re ready head into the dining room, get settled and begin with the all-you-can-eat bread bar where you toast your bread on a hot grill and choose your favorite flavored spread then add something from the antipasti selections. We chose the Parmigiana Chicken Wings, crunchy and coated with Parmigiana and Pacini’s secret 57 spices and the Calamari Fritti deep fried rings, light and crispy, served with a sundried tomato mayo for dipping.
The Grain-fed Veal Tenderloin Scaloppini di Parma was amazing. Melt in your mouth veal tenderloin, ordered medium rare, swimming in a demi-glace roasted garlic sauce with shallots, prosciutto and mushrooms, ours was sided with spaghettini Bolognese, a light, slightly sweet tomato sauce topped with fresh grated parmesan.
The Salmon alla Griglia was equally impressive, beautifully grilled, moist Atlantic Salmon in a wine and caper piccata sauce that offers a lovely smoky flavor. It is presented resting on a freshly grilled lemon, sided with bruschetta reduction and your choice of linguine and sautéed zucchini, Parmigiana Fries, Gnocchi Arrabbiata, or sautéed Vegetables alla Pacini.
Torn between choices? we suggest you try the Duettos. A half pizza with your choice of 4 different types of pasta, Caesar salad or Parmigiana Fries. The beverage and wine list is well balanced and reasonably priced.
When you’re out on the town in Banff we’ll look forward to seeing you there, Buon Appetito!!
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