10 Best Italian Restaurants in Vancouver That Pay Homage to All Regions of Italy

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. Cibo Trattoria specializes in using all parts of an animal, along with your standard cuts. A visit there will introduce you to new ingredients that you may not have seen before. 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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    Tavola

    The Mozza Bar appetizer at Tavola gives you the choice of fresh burrata or Buffalo mozzarella, with sea...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "They take a limited number of reservations, so make sure you call well in advance if there is a specific night you really want to go to Tavola. However, they do take in many walk-ins each night."

     
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    Cibo Trattoria

    There are some restaurants that focus on offal in Vancouver and Cibo was one of the first trendier joints to introduce off-cuts of meat to diners.

    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: "They do not take reservations, so be prepared to wait on a weekend. Or, get there before peak hours to avoid a wait. They're also open for lunch and it tends to be less busy."

     
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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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    Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca

    If you like soup, the Porcini and Chesnut soup with low-fat vanilla Chantilly is 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 is one of the best in the city and is 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

    Cafe Il Nido's Gamberoni (sauteéd prawns in olive, chili flakes served with cilantro avocado pesto) is a dream!

    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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    Q4 Ristorante

    Q4 Ristorante's Radicchio Bocconcini is a must! Fresh mozzarella is grilled and wrapped with prosciutto and radicchio in a cherry vinaigrette.

    Local Expert Tip: "Monday and Tuesday nights are their $12 pasta nights; an awesome deal! They're old location was on West Fourth Avenue, but as of May 2012, they have moved to West Broadway. "

     
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    Italian Kitchen - Vancouver

    Italian Kitchen's truffled spaghetti and signature meatballs with truffle cream and herbed ricotta is highly addictive.

    Local Expert Tip: "They open for brunch on weekends. Indulge in classic brunch comforts with an Italian twist."

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