Poor Italian Ristorante

The Poor Italian Restaurant's name was inspired by the old-world traditions of Italian cooking; an evolution of culture, cuisine, service and ambience that celebrates the origins and 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, corporate lunches or dinners, and for groups who are celebrating a special occasion. We enjoy catering to foodies and oenophiles alike. Sample our award-winning wine list, featuring over 100 different vintages from around the world. 


Centrally located at Rupert and East First Avenue with Lots 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

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.