Formerly the site of Miss Italia, newly opened Alba is gaining acclaim for its fresh, made-from-scratch contemporary Italian food, and wines that complement flavours of the cuisine. Owners Kiran and Regina named their Jasper restaurant Alba after the Italian translations of ‘sunrise’ and Kiran’s Sanscrit name ‘ray of sun’.
The dining room’s rustic look was inspired by the historic walls and buildings that line the banks of Venice’s Grand Canal. Wooden ‘bumpers’ (used in Italy to prevent damage to boats and docks) give Alba an authentic port feeling. Mountain views are enjoyed from tables by windows and on the flower-filled terrace.
Pasta: mezze rigatoni (braised beef short rib, wild mushrooms, garlic, dried red pepper, jus); ragu alla Bolognese (traditional beef and pork Bolognese sauce with fettuccine, pecorino Romano, fresh basil, red chilis); Parmigiano gnocchi (fresh house Pomodoro sauce); wild mushroom ravioli (housemade, with four cheese sauce, cultivated mushroom, Italian parsley, toasted walnuts); carbonara alla Jasper (spaghetti carbonara, pancetta, cured egg yolk, parmigiana, pecorino, cracked pepper); fettuccine fruite de mari (selection of shell and fresh water fish); lobster ravioli (flambéed with Canadian whisky)
Mains: surf and turf; Alberta Reserve AAA ribeye; rack of lamb; braised veal shank; veal picatta (pan fried, breaded veal with spaghetti); herb crusted
sockeye salmon; corn fed chicken supreme alla Parmesan; duck breast