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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!


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 check out our after-dinner spirits which include selections of Grappa, Sherry, Port & Canadian Ice Wines.


We pride ourselves for serving fresh product, from local suppliers. Feel free to visit our menu to see what’s new and in season!

About Poor Italian

The Poor Italian blends classic Italian cuisine with modern day flare delivering elegant and refined Italian meals.

Wine List

Our extensive wine collection can be paired with each of our dishes. Take a look at our wine menu to see over 60 different wine varieties.


  • Tuesday :
    Hand-Cut Pasta Specials - $12.95

    Pasta Specials - Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings
    And During Appy Hours - Tuesdays thru Fridays from 4 - 6 pm!

    This weeks' Menu:

    Join Us for Appy Hours Weekdays 4-6 pm...featuring 12.95 Hand-Cut Pasta Specials, Bar Specials and 15% off all Appies and Salads too!


    Italian Primavera Martini - 7
    Prosecco, Bols Melon, Butter Ripple Schnapps and Peach Puree

    Menabrea - 6
    Italy's #1 Beer
  • Wednesday :
    Hand-Cut Pasta Specials - $12.95

    Pasta Specials - Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings
    And During Appy Hours - Tuesdays thru Fridays from 4 - 6 pm!

    This weeks' Menu:

    Join Us for Appy Hours Weekdays 4-6 pm...featuring 12.95 Hand-Cut Pasta Specials, Bar Specials and 15% off all Appies and Salads too!
  • Thursday :
    Chef's Features:
  • Monday :
    We Are Closed on Mondays

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, 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 neighbourhood restaurant on The East Side. 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.

- 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

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.

Win a dinner for two

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: 4:00pm - 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. 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!!