Cardinale is a modern Italian joint in the heart of Victoria Park Calgary. Opened in September 2017, the restaurant inhabits the historical Defoe building located next to Calgary’s BMO Centre and Stampede Casino. Showcasing the building’s 100 years of history with exposed brick, green velvet booths and white oak chairs, the interior has been impeccably designed as a modern comfortable atmosphere for any occasion.

A sister restaurant to Kensington’s Hayden Block, Cardinale has 85 seats inside and 60 on the patio. Their kitchen team creates their pasta in-house daily, and works seamlessly with a curated drink list focused on hand-crafted cocktails and fine Italian wine. 

Cardinale’s kitchen staff – lead by Steven Dowdell – are in early each morning to prepare fresh product in limited quantities for each meal service, while fine care and attention to detail is put into making their pasta noodles fresh in-house each day.  The menu is inspired with traditional Italian cooking methods in mind, using a combination of local produce, and wonderful imported Italian ingredients that are not readily available in Calgary.

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