Bragg Creek is a small town (hamlet? community? Look…it’s small) in the foothills west of Calgary. Many homes and businesses were devastated during the June 2013 flood and this little restaurant that could is no exception. Thankfully they weren’t swept away and have become an even more charming and inviting dining spot that is about a half hour drive from downtown Calgary.
Service can be great or a bit harried depending on how busy the evening is and how many servers are on duty, but the ambience is pure shabby chic/rustic farmhouse and the food is delish. One side of the restaurant feels a bit like Nonna’s kitchen table, the other side is a bit more posh and Tuscan-like. Either way you’ll have a nice atmostphere that feels cozy and inviting.
The pasta-dishes are delicious and plentiful. The spaghetti and meatballs are an especially delectable basic staple. Double check on the calamari if it’s on the menu. We had an unfortunate shared “ew” moment during a double date.
Otherwise the food is quite wonderfully done, doesn’t try to be overly creative (it’s Italian…you don’t monkey with tradition, right?) and is a lovely spot in winter or summer. It’s a really nice alternative outside of the city.