Not gonna lie, this post has been sitting in my drafts for a while… but better late than never! I feel like there have been so many new restaurants opening up in Edmonton this summer and I haven’t had the chance to check out many spots (yet)… BUT I did make it to Bianco for dinner not too long ago and was pretty impressed with my visit. Sister to Rosso Pizzeria, Bianco also offers a menu full of Italian cuisine, specializing in pizza and pasta. Here’s a short recap!
If you’ve been to Rosso, you’ll find that Bianco’s pizza options are pretty similar. There are a few more additions in the menu too though, including things like risotto and non-pizza entrees. While Rosso feels more casual to me, Bianco is (in my opinion) more elegant and modern. Think ‘fine dining’ type of atmosphere.
The inside is so gorgeous and definitely picturesque! I couldn’t get over the interior – marble tops, industrial touches, natural lighting… let the pictures do the talking. The only downside for me was the location and lack of free parking. Unless you are conveniently located in the downtown core, it’s definitely a place that requires some work (and $, especially before 6PM lol) to get to.
In terms of food, we tried two pizzas, pasta, and gelato to top it all off. Prices are moderate… the pizza prices are comparable to Rosso while other items on the menu (like pasta and entrees) were priced a little higher.
My favourite – the Funghi Misti ($19.25) – was available here and was a crowd-pleaser for me and my foodie friends! With a white sauce, mozzarella, an assortment of wild mushrooms, roasted garlic, and white truffle olive oil (amongst some other toppings), this pizza was flavourful!
It is a great option if you are a fan of mushrooms, garlic, or truffle! There’s an option to add meat too if you prefer, but it’s pretty great on its own as a veggie pizza.
We also tried the Dolce Emma ($22), another white sauce pizza that was supposedly named after a former employee. In short, it features smoked pancetta, bacon, cheese (mozza & Fontina), roasted garlic, honey, and is topped with crispy Proscuitto crudo and house-made Ricotta. This one was savoury and sweet, which isn’t something that I normally prefer for pizzas. My friends enjoyed it though! I would personally order another pizza next time.
The Spaghetti Alla Carbonara ($22) made for a perfect “pasta pull” picture. It was a traditional carbonara that was filling and flavourful! Considering how good it was, I am excited to try more of their other pastas when I come back. Sometimes I find that carbonara, if not eaten right away, gets a little chunky.
Being all carbed out – we kept it light for a dessert and shared a gelato. There’s a good selection of flavours to choose from so you’re in luck if you love gelato. We decided on pistachio, which had actual pistachios – no artificial flavours here! During my next visit, I’ll make sure to save room for a plated dessert.
All in all, I enjoyed my experience at Bianco! The restaurant fits perfectly into the area and while it might take a little more effort to get there, I’d still recommend putting it on your list of places to check out whether it’s for lunch or dinner. Just plan your visit accordingly,… like going after 6 for free parking and less traffic in the area, hah! But seriously, Bianco is a beautiful spot with great service and a menu full of delicious options. I will definitely be back to try more!
#120, 10020 101A Ave, Edmonton
(Phipps Mckinnon Bld, Rice Howard Way)