Best Italian Restaurants in Vancouver: Enjoy Pasta, Pizza and More

Natasha John

By , Local Expert, Vancouver
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Vancouver once had its own bustling and vibrant Little Italy on Commercial Drive and although it may have less of a presence these days, there are plenty of delicious Italian restaurants scattered around the city. Think local, fresh, seasonal and quality cuts of meat cooked in a kitchen where the chefs take as much pride in their food as your Italian grandmother would.

Kitsilano's La Quercia serves stellar dishes that are best enjoyed family style. This cozy neighborhood eatery has been a favorite because of the consistently delicious, yet changing dishes. If you like to try a few different things, try the chef's menu for...  Read more »

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    La Quercia

    When Vancouverites are looking for classic Italian dishes that are made from scratch and don't carry a hefty price tag, they go to La Quercia.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're with a few people, ordering family style is the best way to enjoy the experience. The menu changes daily, so you're always in for a new treat!"

     
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    Yaletown L'Antipasto

    Yaletown L'Antipasto's pappardelle rosse is to die for - egg noodles in a tomato sauce with shortrib, beef...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Take advantage of their date night deal for $90. Choose any two tapas or the Yaletown Anipasto to share, any pasta or risotto each, one dessert to share, and a bottle of either Cecchi Chianti or Masi Bianco."

     
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    Cibo Trattoria

    Cibo Trattoria was one of the first non-Asian restaurants to introduce offal cuts of meat to diners and is a leader in nose-to-tail dining.

    Local Expert Tip: "Uva Wine Bar is in the same building across the lobby from this restaurant and it's a lovely spot to grab a pre or post dinner glass of wine or cocktail."

     
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    Nicli Antica Pizzeria

    Nicli Antica Pizzeria was the first restaurant to bring authentic VPN certified pizza to Vancouver. Make sure you try the chili and rosemary oils.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you can make a reservation, it's advisable."

     
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    Nook

    The whipped ricotta, honey, black pepper and hazelnut crostini is the perfect combo of sweet, salty and crunchy.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you don't eat pork, Nook may not be for you because they cannot guarantee that each dish does not have pork in it. If you love the swine, you may be in heaven."

     
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    Ask for Luigi

    Ask for Luigi serves delicious food at an affordable price, complete with a charming ambiance.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make a reservation if you can, this places is packed each night. However, walk-ins are welcome."

     
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    Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca

    Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca make an amazing porcini and chesnut soup with vanilla chantilly. It's award-winning!

    Local Expert Tip: "They are closed on Sundays and only open for dinner Monday - Saturday, 5pm onwards."

     
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    Lupo

    The lamb shank ossobucco at Lupo is one of the best in the city! It's gorgeous and fall off the bone tender.

    Local Expert Tip: "This charming heritage home provides a delightful atmosphere that's ideal for your next date. "

     
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    Cafe il Nido

    Restaurants come and go, but Cafe Il Nido has been around since 1988 and continues to thrive in its original location.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you love Italian, but can't stomach traditional pasta, they offer gluten free pasta. And, half orders can also be requested on pasta dishes."

     
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    Don Francesco Ristorante

    Don Francesco Ristorante is a Vancouver institution that has been around for years. Diners go for the...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Open for lunch, Don Francesco's is a great option for a mid-day treat!"

     

 

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