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Italian Restaurant in Vancouver


Affordable Fine Dining on The East Side...

Enjoy a relaxed evening of fine food in a tranquil and warm environment while our chefs work with local, fresh and sustainable ingredients in simple and flavourful combinations. We are a Qualita Award Winning Restaurant offering a range of delicious specialties which focus on the many diverse culinary regions of Italy.
Check out our excellent wine list featuring over 100 different selections from around the world.
Find us centrally located at First Avenue and Rupert Street (Hastings-Sunrise) Vancouver. There's lots of free parking and room for up to one hundred guests. Reservations are recommended. Though, we do tend to leave a number of tables available for walk-in guests!





Menu

We're all about serving fresh products from local suppliers. Scroll down to visit our menu and take a look at what’s new and in season!





About Poor Italian

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





Wine List

Offering over 100 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 and Canadian Ice Wines.





Specials

  • Wednesday :
    Join us for "Mangia Vancouver" - Celebrating Italian Heritage Month in June with A Deliciously Affordable Prix Fixe Menu

    ANTIPASTI

    - Choice of -
    Raviolini in Brodo
    Cheese Raviolini Served in a Light Chicken Stock

    Insalata Cesare
    Signature Traditional Caesar Dressing, Romaine Lettuce,
    Anchovies and House-made Croutons

    Insalata Caprese
    Fresh Mozzarella with Vine Ripened Tomatoes,
    Mediterranean Sea Salt and Balsamic Reduction

    PRIMI

    - Choice of -
    Pollo alla Trentina
    Pan-Seared Chicken Breast Finished with Porcini Mushrooms,
    Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Demi-Glace

    Gnocchi Sorrentina
    House-made Potato Dumplings with Tomato, Basil and Fresh Bocconcini

    Melenzane alla Parmigiana
    Layers of Eggplant Baked with Mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano
    and Fresh San Marzano Tomato-Basil Sauce

    DOLCI

    - Choice of -
    Crostata di Mele con Gelato
    Deep Dish Apple Pie with Vanilla Gelato and Salted Caramel

    Coppa Stracciatella
    Vanilla Gelato Sundae, Chocolate Drizzle, Whipped Cream

    Tiramisu
    Mascarpone Crème Anglais, Savoiardi Biscotti, Espresso & Cocoa

    BAR SPECIALS

    Cosmopolitan Martini - 8
    Vodka, Cranberry Juice, Cointreau, Fresh Lime

    Menabrea - 6
    Italy's Number 1 Beer
  • Monday :
    WE ARE CLOSED ON MONDAYS
  • Tuesday :
    Poor Italian 8th Annual Seafood Festival - Starts July 4th!

    Antipasti

    Insalata di Mare
    Seafood Salad with Prawns, Calamari, Baby Octopus with Fresh Lemon,Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Mediterranean Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper

    Crocchette di Granchio
    Dungeness Crab Cakes with Cilantro, Fine Bread Crumbs,Cracked Peppercorn, Caramelized Leeks and Arugula

    Carpaccio di Pesce Affumicato
    Smoked Salmon Carpaccio with Lemon, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Capers

    Primi

    Ravioli al Granchio
    Fresh Pasta Stuffed with Dungeness Crab,Served with aCream and San Marzano Tomato Rosé Sauce

    Linguine all’Aragosta
    Linguine Pasta with Fresh Atlantic Lobster, Light Tomato Sauce, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Herbs

    Cioppino
    Authentic Italian Fish Stew with Tiger Prawns, Mussels, Clams and a Fish Medley,Including Sablefish and Atlantic Cod in a Hearty Tomato - Vegetable Broth

    Risotto Frutti di Mare
    Variety of Fresh West Coast Seafood, Including Prawns, Scallops and Mussels with Arborio Rice, Dry White Wine and Vegetable Stock

    Secondi
    - Entrees Served With Seasonal Vegetables -

    Merluzzo Nero con Limone e Burro
    Pan Roasted Sablefish with a Lemon - Butter Sauce

    Filetto di Salmone
    Grilled Local Wild Sockeye Salmon Served with Tomato Salsa Fresca and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Spiedini di Pesce
    Skewers of Grilled Prawns and Scallops with a Lemon - Herb Gremolata

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, family owned East Van neighbourhood restaurant. It's our eigth 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 and beyond.

Salute!!
- 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

We received the coveted Italian Quality Seal Certification in 2012. This is a substantial recognition presented to establishments globally for excellence in authenticity, creativity and use of traditional ingredients in Italian cuisine.

VIP List

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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.

Mon: CLOSED
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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CAREERS - JOIN THE TEAM!

Our success depends on serving great food & creating an excellent dining experience for our guests. But we can’t do it without you! 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 responsible employees with integrity, who work well with colleagues and are reliable and punctual, come along periodically. Please send your CV/Resume to info@pooritalian.com - Thank you!!