Giovane Cafe is located inside of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel on West Hastings street. They have a small take out counter for pastries and coffees at the front and further to the back of the store, they have a full deli counter that sells pizzas, paninis, and salads. In the evening, they move away from the cafe atmosphere and they become a wine bar.

I came here for lunch and got a soup and panini deal ($11). The soup of the day was cream of asparagus soup.

The soup had a velvety smooth, creamy texture. Asparagus can have a strong flavour, but it was pretty mild in the soup. I always dip bread into my soup, so I loved how they topped the soup with pieces of bread. I was really happy with the soup and I came close to licking the bowl clean.

For my panini I chose the genovese, that is made with roasted turkey, pear, tallegio, prosciutto, arugula, and pesto.

I’ve never seen the combination of turkey and prosciutto together before, but I liked it. The salty prosciutto paired well with the meaty turkey pieces. On the board it said there was pear in the sandwich, but I didn’t notice any inside.

My favourite part of the sandwich was the bread it was made with. It was loaded with nuts and pieces of dried fruit. It was perfect panini bread. The corner of one of the pieces got a bit over toasted, but it was still good.

I enjoyed my lunch at Giovane and I was impressed with the quality of the food. They turn deli food into an upscale experience, but it is still pretty affordable and quick. I would love to come back and try one of their pizzas.


Yes, for a tasty soup and panini deal.

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Categories: $$ ($10-$15), Downtown, Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches, Vancouver


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