Last night myself and two friends decided to try Zambri's after reading a good review. As an Italian, I was looking forward to some Italian food with a modern twist. The food was over-priced, but we were willing to pay the prices for the good food. The ambiance was nice too.
The night was going all right, even though we were feeling rushed by the waitress who was talking much too fast for us to understand, and even though the pasta was undercooked. Then it happened. My friend gasped as he slowly pulled out one big, long, thick, dark, pasta-coated hair from his mouth.
We were all extremely put off the food and told our waitress we would not be finishing. She offered us a coffee on the house and asked if we wanted a desert "that didn't have any hair". We declined and asked for just the bill. Needless to say, we all thought that my friend's dish would at least be taken off the bill. We were all dissatisfied and the hair was the last straw. We all knew we would never be returning. Our waitress brought our bill, explained that she couldn't take the dish off of the bill, and gave us a "one free pasta" coupon. She said, "I know you might not even use it if you don't come back but you could give it to your friend or something." Not only are we never coming back, but none of us would ever recommend the restaurant to a friend.
The bill was $60 for three undercooked pasta dishes and an appetizer that was engulfed with breading.
We paid the bill in full, and left the useless coupon on the table. I have never been at such an unprofessional restaurant. Zambri's has a nice atmosphere and seems to be perfect if you're up for a little higher-class Italian dining, but honestly, McDonald's would have more class.
Peters cooking is joyfully Italian. He can make the simplest pasta soar by choosing the finest ingredients and by paying the closest attention to the melding of flavours. While other chefs fool with presentation and off-shore ingredients, he gets it - the closer to home the better EAT Magazine
Miles ahead of any other experience this year, skillfully conjured, undeniable flavours Vancouver Magazine
Best Italian food in the city Zagat
Nicest little Italian restaurant in BC. Probably in Canada. Terrific food. James Barber Vancouver Sun
Zambris is a delightful place that serves pastas from the counter at lunch, then switches to table service and more adventurous faire at night. Theres an impressive and well-priced Italian wine list Saveur Magazine
Peter Zambri creates authentic, full flavoured Italian in an unassuming location Delicious Magazine Voted the Worlds Best Food Magazine
Its not just great food, its comfortable here Victoria Times Colonist
one of my top three restaurants to visit. Not because of its modest rustic glamour but for the dedicated owners and Peters exceptionally well-prepared food Nathan Fong My BC
Zambris draws the savviest city diners Northwest Palate Magazine
Choosing your selection from the a la carte menu is difficult, choosing between daily specials is even tougher Western Living Magazine
Where to Eat Victoria Travel & Leisure
Excellent salmon and swordfish pasta with white wine and capers. Delicious!