Pasquale’s Ristorante is a neighbourhood gem

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This article was published 13/04/2022 (299 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

My partner and I celebrate two years of living in central St. Boniface this month. For much of that time the pandemic was in full force, so being at home was the thing to do. I often thought about how lucky we were to have a home and one that, although extremely small, offers us all of the comforts we need. We downsized considerably from our four-bedroom rental in Lord Roberts to move into a one-bedroom apartment on the top floor of a duplex, selling a few things but giving away much more. In a way, it was the best place to be during such a stressful time. It was comfortable and safe. We came to know a few of our neighbours and that’s been a real benefit.

We spent a lot of time in our little shared backyard, puttering, growing vegetables and flowers and, when we could, visiting with friends outdoors and enjoying barbecues. Although we’re close to conveniences such as grocery stores and restaurants, our street is relatively quiet, with the only notable sounds being those of children playing, birds singing and squirrels chattering.

But with so many things closed over the last two years, we haven’t had the chance to explore our new neighbourhood. Now that businesses are open again, we’re making it a priority to start to discover the gems within walking distance in our neighbourhood.

There’s no scrimping on the wine and food portions at Pasquale’s and many will be pleased to find they offer a vegan menu and several gluten-free options.

We experienced one of those gems on the first Saturday in April when we made a reservation with friends for dinner at Pasquale’s Ristorante and Pizzeria at 109 Marion St. The family-owned restaurant has been an iconic Winnipeg eatery since 1977, moving to St. Boniface from its Osborne location in 1996. For over a quarter of a century, patrons have been enjoying traditional Italian food at this location, so it was time to check it out and I’m so glad we did.

Immediately upon entering we were warmly welcomed by the host and the servers as we were seated at our table reserved for six in a cozy little alcove. The smell of garlic permeated the air and there was no scrimping on the wine and food portions. I was very pleased to see that they had a vegan menu and several gluten-free options as well.

The family-run business uses the freshest ingredients in its home-cooked Italian dishes and I think all of us agreed that each of our dishes lived up to their claim. Our server Courtney was prompt, attentive, considerate of our diverse requests and my special dietary needs. She knows the meaning of good customer service and was a great example of what that looks like, making it a pleasant time for everyone.

There are many more eateries to experience in St. Boniface but we can’t wait for the warmer temperatures to arrive so that we can enjoy a meal on the rooftop patio at Pasquale’s. It’s so good to be out and about again.

Janine LeGal

Janine LeGal
St. Boniface community correspondent

Janine LeGal is a community correspondent for St. Boniface who also writes the These Old Houses column for our Community Homes section.

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