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Ticino Swiss-Italian Restaurant

Ticino Antipasto

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High Country Inn, 415 Banff Avenue
403.762.3848
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Named after the southernmost canton of Switzerland and family-owned and operated by the Widmer family since 1979, Ticino Restaurant is famous for its Swiss-Italian Cuisine. All of the dishes created by head Chef Michael Samson are made from scratch using fresh, local ingredients, including cured meats from Valbella Gourmet Foods in Canmore, free-range Alberta eggs, and local bison, elk and beef. The drink menu features wines from British Columbia, and cocktails crafted with locally distilled spirits from Wildlife.

Atmosphere

The restaurant is Swiss-inspired with Canadian and Italian influences, and the menu encourages people to slow down and savour high-quality food. Now managed by second-generation family members Angela and her husband, Louis-Pierre, the atmosphere is welcoming and friendly with expert staff. Featuring a dining room and a glass atrium that looks toward the mountains and to Banff Avenue, entering the restaurant makes you feel as though you’ve arrived in Europe.

Menu Samples

Starters

  • Zuppa alla boscaiola: Ticino’s famous wild mushroom cream soup
  • Caesar Salad: Romaine lettuce, house-made caesar dressing, bacon, garlic croutons & parmigiano reggiano
  • Insalata “Ticino Trio”: Red Beets with goat cheese on butter lettuce greens; celery root slaw; grated carrots with a citrus vinaigrette
  • Gamberi all’aglio: Garlic prawns on a bed of chili/basil pesto spaghetti
  • Gnocchi alla Ticinese: Pasta dumplings with home smoked duck breast on a walnut sauce
  • Lumache di vigneto all’aglio: Vineyard snails in “Ticino” herb butter sauce served with French bread

Fondue

  • Cheese: A mixture of imported Gruyère and Emmental make this Swiss cheese fondue a real delight, shared as an appetizer or as a main course
  • Carne: Choose from cubes of AAA Alberta beef cooked in hot oil, thinly sliced strip loin of AAA Alberta beef and shrimp cooked in broth;  salmon, prawns, and scallops cooked in a ginger fish stock, complemented by a of house-made sauces and condiments & served with baby potatoes
  • Chocolate: Traditional Swiss chocolate fondue, served with seasonal fruits & house-made banana bread

Entrees

  • Cotoletta alla Viennese: Classic Veal Wiener Schnitzel with braised red cabbage and daily starch & vegetables
  • Petto di pollo “Ticino”:Chicken breast stuffed with a light goat cream cheese and breaded with hazelnut crumbs served with daily starch & vegetables
  • Osso bucco d’cervo: Slowly braised elk osso bucco with shiitake mushroom jus and orange cremolata, served with home made spätzli & vegetables
  • Bistecca di bufalo con funghi selvatici: Grilled Alberta Buffalo strip loin steak on a sautéed wild mushroom game sauce, served with daily starch & vegetables
  • Salmone grigliato: Wild B.C. Sockeye Salmon with a macadamia nut crust on a roasted pumpkin vanilla risotto & vincotto drizzle
  • Anitra al sidro di mele: Roasted Brome Lake Quebec duck breast with a caramelized apple & Calvados sauce, served with daily starch & vegetables
  • Lasagne bisonti macinata: Ground Alberta bison lasagna, with caramelized onion, Béchamel sauce and a Swiss cheese gratiné
  • Ravioli ripeni di vitello: Homemade veal ravioli with arugula pesto on a tomato confit with kalamata olives
  • Piatti alla vegetariana: Vegetarian main course special on every night. will mix and match items from our menu to create other vegetarian options

Breakfast: $10 – $18

Fondue: $24 – $48

Mains: $22 – $45

Breakfast: Weekdays 8:00am-10:30am Weekends 7:30am-10:30am
Dinner: 5:30pm - 10pm
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