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  • Writer's pictureElena Aleksa

Piva Modern Italian

If you love Italian food, then Piva Modern is where it’s at! Located in the heart of Downtown New Westminster.

The name Piva comes from paying respect to a man named Giuseppe (Joe) Piva, who was one of forefathers, who left Italy and moved to interior BC in 1917. Piva honors Joe’s passion for farm fresh ingredients, traditional Italian cooking and exceptionally prepared food and drink with a modern approach.

The typical idea of an Italian restaurant with red-checkered tablecloths and dark wood paneling is not the one you will find when entering Piva Modern.

Piva modern has large glass windows, gray-and-white palette interior and a very elegant vibe. It's minimalist design goes perfect with a glass of wine or cocktail. Speaking of wine, this restaurant has a serious wine list.

The experience at Pica was great. Staff is well trained and attentive. They have an amazing team, service was so fast!

If you're there for their delicious pizzas I won't blame you, but don't sleep on the appetizers, as their Arancini are to die for! It's Risotto balls, wild mushroom, mozzarella, truffle aioli. I would order it again and again...It's on the happy hour menu you get 3 balls and they're just enough to share!


We got two feature cocktails from the happy hour list, they were so delicious and refreshing. Feature cocktails change every week.

We also shared the Mushroom Pizza - it had wild mushroom, cauliflower purée, fontina, fried sage, truffle oil. The cauliflower purée tasted great! I was so happy with our choice.

We couldn't finish our night without having a dessert. They have a nice list of desserts and I kind of craved everything on the list. But after asking the servers for recommendations we chose to have a Tiramisu Sundae. It comes in a jar, it has espresso ice cream, coffee cake, mascarpone whip, orange chocolate almond brittle.

Tiramisu Sundae is worth ordering for the perfect Instagram shot.

It’s the perfect spot for a casual date night or a group of friends to catch up. Truly loved it and will definitely come back to try more dishes!



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