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 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 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

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.