Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro
By Bob Keelaghan

A Bistro With A History As Old As Calgary

“We have over 500 wines in our cellar,” says Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro manager Greg Metcalf, smiling as he shows off the stone-and-mortar construction of the basement wine cellar and private function room. Among this banquet room's many distinguished bottles, the pun in the restaurant's name becomes apparent.

A certified sommelier, Greg is skilled at pairing wines with dishes on Divino’s French- and Italian-inspired menu. The restaurant’s award-winning wine list is curated by acclaimed wine director Brad Royale. “You can go from a $38 to a $2,500 bottle of wine," he says. "People come in from New York and L.A. and ask, ‘How do you guys have this wine?’” Patrons certainly have plenty of choices by the bottle or glass, should they want something to accompany their gourmet cheese plate or dinner entree.

Situated on the South side of Stephen Avenue Walk, the three-level Divino building with its New York-style bistro decor  holds lots of local history. The sandstone building housed the Calgary Wine & Spirit Company in the early 1900s, a fact not lost on Divino’s owners, Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts (CRMR). On its second floor, it also hosts private events in its aptly named Wine and Spirits Room.

People come in from New York and L.A. and ask, ‘How did you guys have this wine?’ - Greg Metcalf, manager
Divino Wine and Cheese Bistro serves gourmet French and Italian food and wine.
A certified sommelier, Divino manager Greg Metcalfe explains that The restaurant’s award-winning wine list is curated by acclaimed wine director Brad Royale. Photo courtesy of Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts.

Wine and European-Inspired Meals

Main-level patrons are given a view of the restaurant's chefs in action as they prepare dishes in Divino's big, open kitchen. For the lunch and dinner crowds, these dishes may include French classics such as duck confit and onion soup gratiné or the ever-popular black-pepper linguine and the pistachio pesto penne.

Divino also serves hearty bone-in AAA rib steak and lamb sirloin roast with antibiotic- and hormone-free meat raised on the CRMR Ranch. Another popular choice is the roasted suckling pig supplied by Quebec’s premiere pork producer St. Canut.

Greg points out that the menu features seasonal variations. “We’ll tweak the menu a little bit according to what’s available, using the freshest ingredients. We want to get those flavours you think of as summer flavours or winter flavours.”

Divino Wine and Cheese Bistro serves gourmet French and Italian food and wine.
Divino's selection of gourmet cheeses is well paired with its extensive, award-winning wine list.

A Top Stop for an Evening Out

Being located near the heart of the downtown arts district makes Divino a popular choice for a meal before and after events at Arts Commons and the Telus Convention Centre. Greg says he can tell time by plays. “We’ll be full by 6:30," he explains. "By 7:30, it’s kind of an accordion effect, because everyone’s shuffled off to the theatre. By 8 pm it’s full again.”

Divino Wine and Cheese Bistro serves gourmet French and Italian food and wine.
Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro is located on the south side of Stephen Avenue Walk.
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