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Italian Restaurant in Vancouver

Welcome To The Poor Italian - An Independent East Side Vancouver Restaurant. We Offer A Seasonal Range Of Dishes That Celebrate The Diverse Culinary Regions Of Italy. Find Us At First Avenue And Rupert Street (Hastings-Sunrise). There's Lots Of Free Parking And Room For Up To One Hundred Guests. Should You Require Assistance With Your Online Reservation, Please Call Us Directly - 604-251-1122.

Reservations Are Recommended, Though, We Do Tend To Leave A Number Of Tables Available For Walk-In Guests!

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About Poor Italian

Blending classic Italian cuisine with modern day flare, the Poor Italian focuses on rustic Italian epicurean creations. Everything starts with the finest quality ingredients.

Wine List

Offering excellent wines with an emphasis on the glorious Italians: Amarone's, Brunello's and Barolo's along with fine wines from France, the Napa Valley and beyond. Be sure to sample our after-dinner spirits which include premium selections of Grappa, Port, Canadian Ice Wines and Italian Amari.


  • Monday :
    The Poor Italian Restaurant is Closed on Mondays
  • Wednesday :

    Limoncello Martini - 7
    Vodka, Limoncello, Triple Sec, Lemon Twist

    Menabrea - 6
    Italy's Number 1 Beer

    The Annual Poor Italian Summer Seafood Fest Menu


    Crocchette di Granchio
    Dungeness Crab Cakes with Fine Bread Crumbs, Fresh Herbs, Bell Pepper Salsa, Side of Mista Salad

    Bruschetta di Salmone
    Smoked Wild Salmon On Crostini with Capers, Lemon, Extra Virgin Olive Oil , Black Olives and Fresh Dill

    Insalata di Polipo
    Tender Baby Octopus Salad - Marinated with Citrus, Mediterranean Herbs and Extra Virgin Olive Oil


    Ravioli al Granchio
    Fresh Pasta Stuffed with Dungeness Crab, Served with White Wine, Butter and Sage Sauce with Grape Tomatoes

    Linguine all’Aragosta
    Linguine Pasta with 1/2 Shelled Atlantic Lobster in Light
    Tomato Sauce, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Herbs

    Rigatoni al Polipo
    Authentic Sicilian Dish with Baby Octopus, Black Olives, Capers, White Wine and Light Tomato Sauce


    ~ Entrees Served with Grilled Vegetables and Roasted Potatoes ~

    Pesce del Giorno - Market Price
    CATCH OF THE DAY - Please Ask Your Server About Today’s Seafood Selection

    Merluzzo Nero Livornese
    Pan-Seared Black Cod with Blistered Grape Tomatoes, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Capers and Black Olives

    Spiedini di Pesce
    Skewers of Grilled Prawns and Scallops with Lemon - Herb and Olive Oil Reduction

Poor Italian Ristorante

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our patrons for dining with us.
We love to meet new people and it's always a pleasure to welcome back friendly and familiar faces.

Join in on our social media network (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Youtube) or on our website by adding your name to the VIP List. You'll be the first to know about upcoming specials, exclusive wine dinners, and you'll be entered to win great stuff like espresso machines, gift certificates, etcetera!

The Poor Italian is an independent East Van neighbourhood restaurant. It's our eighth year operating at the corner of First Avenue and Rupert Street. Thanks to our wonderfully supportive Hastings-Sunrise Neighbourhood and to all of our friends who come to see us from all over the Lower Mainland, The Fraser Valley and beyond.


- The Poor Italian Team

Centrally located at Rupert and East First Avenue with plenty of free parking!

Local, Fresh & Sustainable

Our produce is sourced from local suppliers whenever possible. They provide us with the finest ingredients for our freshly made epicurean creations. The Poor Italian is also a proud member of the Vancouver Aquarium’s Oceanwise Program. Serving ethically sourced local, fresh and sustainable seafood.

Ospitalità Italiana Seal

The Poor Italian Restaurant received the coveted Italian Quality Seal Certification in 2012. A recognition presented to establishments globally for excellence in authenticity, creativity and use of traditional ingredients in Italian cuisine.

VIP List

Become a friend and get to know us!

Please take a moment to fill out our VIP Newsletter Member Form below. VIP Newsletter Members receive access to a wide range of exclusive benefits which include automatic entry into all of our contests, compliments of The Poor Italian Ristorante.  We celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, and send you invitations to cocktail evenings, periodical newsletters and other special promotions. Please note that your privacy is important to us and your information will not be passed on to any third parties. View our Privacy Policy.

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Contest Rules : To participate in the The Poor Italian Ristorante contest you will need to sign up as a The Poor Italian Ristorante VIP Newsletter Member to receive our communications.

* One winner will be drawn each month and notified by email.

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Details & Features

Type: Italian, Mediterranean
Features: Extensive Wine List, Award Winning, Daily Specials, Chef's Table, Casual Dining, Delivery, Events, Fine Dining, Full Dinner Menu, Patio, Wheelchair Accessible, WiFi
Payment: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Interac
Price Range: $$$$ » Premium (Between $20 to $35)
Atmosphere: Casual
Attire: Casual

RESERVATIONS & Operating Hours

Please be advised that we assign two hour bookings per reservation so that our guests can relax, take their time and enjoy their dining experience. Please contact us if you will be more than 10 minutes late for your reservation. We also have a policy for large parties of 6 or more to call the restaurant directly at 604-251-1122. Credit card info is required to hold reservations for parties of 6 people or more.  Large parties who fail to show for their reservation, or cancel within 1 hour will be charged $20 per person. Hours may change during holidays or special occasions, please contact us for specific information.

Tue - Thu: 5:00pm - 9:00pm or until closing
Fri: 11:30am - 10:00pm or until closing
Sat: 5:00pm - 10:00pm or until closing
Sun: 5:00pm - 9:00pm or until closing


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Our success depends on serving great food & creating an excellent dining experience for our guests. If you'd like to be part of our growing family, enjoy entertaining and developing connections with colleagues and customers, we want to hear from you! Opportunities for both front of house and kitchen employees come along periodically. Please send your CV/Resume to info@pooritalian.com - Thank you!!