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.
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.”
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.”" >