Poor Italian Ristorante
The Poor Italian Ristorante was founded in 2009. The name was derived by the old world way of Italian cooking; an evolution of cuisines, menus, service and ambience that characterizes the history of the Italian dining experience.
Enjoy a relaxed evening of fine food in a tranquil environment and let our chefs work wonders with local, fresh and sustainable ingredients in simple and flavourful combinations. Gnocchi, lasagna and ravioli are created here daily. We also have the most wonderful house-baked breads and desserts.
The Poor Italian dining room is the perfect spot for a romantic date or for groups who are celebrating a special occasion. Try all of your favourite Italian dishes or maybe find a new one. We enjoy catering to foodies and oenophiles alike. Sample our award-winning wine list, featuring over 250 different vintages from around the world.
“You Made What You Could With What You Had.“
An evolution of cuisines, menus, service and ambience that characterizes the history of the Italian dining experience.
Ospitalità Italiana Seal
In 2012, The Poor Italian received the coveted Italian Quality Seal Certification. This is a substantial recognition presented to restaurants globally for excellence in authenticity, creativity and use of traditional ingredients in Italian cuisine.
About The Chef
Our Chef, Gerassimos Moschopoulos
Chef Gerry is a dedicated purveyor of some of the finest eats in the city. Armed with a degree in philosophy and a steadfast dedication to his craft, he has brought a wealth of knowledge and creativity to our cozy little East Side corner at Rupert and 1st Avenue.
Formative experiences with his family’s restaurant business in Greece allowed Gerry to hone his skills in the art of fine dining as a young lad…a practice that fully immersed him in the culture of utilizing fresh, organic food that is sourced locally.
Passionate about his art and his family, Chef Gerry has forged a culinary roadmap – working and studying around the world while holding restaurant tenures in France, Italy, England and New York City.
We are thrilled that Gerry has fallen in love with Vancouver and that he has decided to make the Poor Italian kitchen his very own.