Metro Vancouver Lunch Rush: Pronto Caffe

Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich

You’d never guess Pronto is the new guy on South Cambie. Having been open for just three months, the busy, eight-seater Italian café feels like an established neighbourhood spot.

True to Italian culture, a bowlful of fresh sungold tomatoes sits on the counter. Nearby is a beautiful industrial-sized oven filled with trays of enticing, slow-roasting red peppers.

Seven dollars bought an average-sized Mediterranean sandwich containing peppers, roasted eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes all glistening with oil. Salt was missing, however, and though good olive oil can often replace seasoning, this time it didn’t.

The extra crunchy bread was a highlight. Though, its slathering of bean tapenade was bland and its gherkin dressing undetectable. Adding a few shakes of salt did wonders for the juicy sandwich, but next time, I’ll be ordering the house specialty Porchetta.

After hearing nothing but good reviews leading up to my visit, I’m looking forward to giving it another shot.

Pronto Caffe
3473 Cambie St.

This article was written for Metro Newspaper by contributing food columnist, Erin Ireland.

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