Poor Italian Ristorante

The Poor Italian Ristorante was founded in 2009.
The restaurant's name was inspired by the old-world traditions 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, 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 Free Parking!

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 service, authenticity, creativity and use of traditional ingredients in Italian cuisine.

About The Chef

Executive 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 boy…a practice that fully immersed him in the discipline of utilizing fresh, organic food that is sourced locally.

Chef Gerry has since forged a culinary roadmap – working and studying around the world while holding restaurant tenures in France, Italy, England and New York City.  Gerry is a now proud Vancouverite and he's claimed the Poor Italian kitchen as his own.