Well, I decided to try Bonterra... but the others will certainly stay on my follow-up list. Thanks again for the help - I'm looking forward to trying it out!
Hey, thanks for the responses, everyone. Bonterra does certainly look like a good choice. Just a question... I'm used to Italian food being pasta as starter, meat as second course - is that the way they do it there, or are the pastas all main-sized?
Oh, and my family's dining habits and mine are a little different. They tend to gravitate towards Mother Tucker's types of places, which I don't mind, but are not quite what I'm looking for. Hence the cry for help... as for the money thing... yeah, I know. But I'm moving there in December, in any case, so at least there is a relatively short window of long distance-ness to be dealt with!
Divino is one that I had been considering, and does look good - glad to hear a little more support for that, too.
Il Gallo Nero is really intriguing... I have looked for some reviews since you mentioned it and they are all good - no one seems to have anything bad to say, but I haven't been able to find a sample of the menu online, or a page for the restaurant at all. Has anybody seen more about it? An idea of prices? Is it traditional Italian, or fusion?
Well, usually this wouldn't be a problem for me, but I have a date coming up in Calgary and I'm at a bit of a loss. The issue is that I'll just be there visiting family... I live in Switzerland, and so I'm not sure where to start looking for the right place.
The other complication is that the woman I'll be meeting is quite careful with money. Yes, I'll be paying for the dinner, but I took a look at Capo and while it looks fantastic, I'm concerned that even if the prices are not an issue for me, they are going to make her uncomfortable, no matter who is paying. And while I want to treat her well, I'm a lot more interested in being in a place that she'll fully enjoy, even if that means dropping the bar a notch.
So, I'm looking for a place (downtown, if possible), where we won't be out of place if we're dressed well, with good atmosphere, quiet enough that we can talk comfortably, but not so quiet that we can't talk, if you know what I mean.
Price-wise, maybe in the area of starters/mains/dessert with a couple glasses of wine (neither of us drink much) for around $100-$150.