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Poor Italian Ristorante
Poor Italian Ristorante

Poor Italian Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pooritalian.com
  • Phone: (604) 251-1122
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
    Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Happy to host your private functions Tuesdays thru Sundays. Seating capacity up to 95 guests and up to 120 with our outdoor patio on warm summer days. Available for buy-outs and we are able to provide food for pick up anytime during normal operating hours.
  • Entertainment: We have an eclectic selection of music including classic cool jazz featuring Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and more! Sometimes, we even swing a little with Frank Sinatra. Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti are also known to softly serenade the dining room with favourite arias by famous Italian composers such as Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini and more!
  • Special Events & Promotions: Available for wedding or baby showers, private birthdays, office parties at lunch or dinner and any other special occasion. We also have an outdoor patio on warm summer days...great food, fine wine and an outstanding view of the North Shore Mountains!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rupert
  • Public Transit: Rupert Street is a major bus route
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is offered Friday and Saturday evenings. Always free parking in our private lot. If the lot is full, you'll find ample free parking along Rupert Street.
A word from Poor Italian Ristorante

The Poor Italian Ristorante is an expression; an evolution of cuisines, menus, service and ambiance that characterizes the history of the Italian fine 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.


We bake all of our breads in house, and make all of our pastas, sauces and desserts by hand.


The P.I. dining room is the perfect spot for a romantic date or for groups who are celebrating a special occasion. Try all of your favorite Italian dishes or maybe find a new one!
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Diner Reviews
  • "Must try this pasta . Best in Vancouver Perfecto"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The specials of the day were fantastic. This is a true Italian restaurant. The Caesar salad is excellent.the pasta is delicious. Their cannoli is the best!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Poor Italian is our go to Italian trattoria without having to go downtown. Seafood and pastas are well prepared and tasty. The food usually comes out hot. Service is professional and friendly. Staff is very accommodating, allowing for substitutions, making dishes not on the menu, rectifying problems without question. Love the antipasti platter, mussels and the al dente pastas. I appreciate the space between the tables and the family friendly atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Went to the Poor Italian restaurant for the first time last week while on our way to the theatre. We both started with the caesar salad which was made the old fashioned way with anchovies. Simply delicious. We then moved on to ordering our main course. My partner ordered the lasagna which was huge, and simply delicious. I had the Paccheri e Salsiccia which was homemade large rigatoni like pasta with italian sausage in a creamy tomato sauce. Flavour was good but the pasta was a bit too al dente. Wine list is extensive but a bit pricey. We enjoyed a half liter of Mesi Cabernet Sauvignon which was flavorful and just enough to share. Overall was a great experience and we will likely return."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We have ate here a number of times and have brought out of town guests quite often. It is a great place and everyone has always lived it."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "we were a group of five for fathers day dinner. promptly greeted and seated. we all had various different meals, lasagna, short rib, etc. everyone enjoyed their appetizers and meals. we will go back again sometime."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Being a Wed night we were seated at the window with a view of the North Shore mountains and it was quiet.Our hostess and server were friendly and helpful with suggestions. I ordered the Pasta and Peroni special.I started with Insalata Caprese con Mozzarella di Buffalo. My friend ordered the day's special starting with Asparagus soup topped with shrimp.Our appetizers looked appealing. My Linguine Vongole arrived al dente and full of plump clams in a spicy, buttery fresh tomato sauce.My friend's 3 Veal Medallions were 3" thick with a generous selection of vegetables!!Our server came back to check on us regularly. I wish we had room for dessert or cappuccino! We will return and recommend Poor Italian Ristorante."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Food was fresh and very good. Service was outstanding. Not so busy as to wait. Friday eve. Perfect. Free parking. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Once again we had a great dinner at the Poor Italian. The menu is not huge, but certainly caters to all tastes and when asked, certain dishes not on the menu were prepared for our group of seven. We ate family style so had platters of antipasti, then several pastas to share. All deliciously prepared. Service was awesome....attentive and unobtrusive. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "The Poor Italian is a great Italian tratorria. I have been a number of times and always have great food. It is very kid friendly yet it doesn't cut corners on the food or atmosphere. Last time I went was on Mother's Day-May 11-and again it didn't disappoint. Food was fabulous; service a bit slow but, hey, it was Mother's Day and the place was packed."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "A very family friendly, energetic vib to this place. Short ribs with gorgonzola risotto was exceptional, vongole was good, all pasta was perfectly cooked, firm to the tooth! Not inexpensive, but a delicious!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We have had dinner here a few times in the the past and generally are dining experience was good. However this time was different, three of us ordered veal cutlets that were dry and tasted bland. One ordered the veal chop that was also subpar. The only food items that were good were the appetizers that night. The wait for entres were over and hour and a half! Too long! The waiter apologized and took care of the cutlets. I understand that some times their are inconsistencies but this night was not good at all."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Ambience is great, good view through windows of North Shore Mountains. Service was a bit slow for the entrees and reasonable for the appertifs and salads. Presentation was ok but nothing stellar. The some dishes were a bit on the salty side but probably good for those that crave the salt. We had their evening specials for the entree at bit over priced for the quality and presentation have had better like Gianni's on North Shore. Will most likely go back to try the basic pasta dishes to see how they stack up with other places we have eaten at."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "PI was awesome! Everything from the bread basket to the white wine was wonderful. The antipasto appy set the tone of a tastebud extravaganza. The main courses definitely were a "Seafood Festival"...flavorful and filling. Also, the dishes were HOT! Nothing worse than cold food...not to worry at the Poor Italian!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The meals were excellent. Consistently well prepared and flavorful food. Entries arrive at the table still hot. Service is timely and accurate."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant with lots of room between tables. Excellent service. Tasty dinner- my new favourite Italian restaurant."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The Poor Italian is an excellent dining experience, an equal match for all the downtown establishments that offers great food and wine with some little extra touches that make it wonderful. Highly recommend for a casual night out or a special occasion. The food is authentic Italian and the quantities are decent!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This was a tremendous experience for us. The server was intuitive and friendly. The best service I have had in recent memory. He treated our sons, 10 and 11, with respect and courtesy as well as us. He offered to change our sons drink when it looked like he was not enjoying it and when the food took a little longer than expected, he topped up our Prosecco, which was a nice touch. The food was amazing and the atmosphere terrific!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Enjoyed a team dinner, the right amount of service and giving us space to interact. Really enjoyed the friendliness and the choice on the menu. We will come back again!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Great table location was accommodated as per our request. Food is consistently good, ( 5 x) and allowed us to bring in our own wine with a corkage charge. Server was great and generally just a good restaurant."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I enjoyed my Caesar Salad and found the veal chop tender and tasty, cooked to order. My companion said his mushroom soup was excellent and the short ribs were good, though the portion very small. (He ended up eating half of my veal chop). We decided to get two orders of gnocchi for the next day. This pasta dish was twenty dollars each and there were 32 gnocchi in one order and 33 in another!! 60 plus cents per !! Had we ordered this for dinner, we' d have starved. To add insult to injury, the gnocchi were like lumps of paste-not properly cooked! I might also point out that there were only 3 occupied tables that night. Management may have to address some issues in order to maintain and increase clientele."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "we've eaten here with couples. as well as large family groups.....they're very used to accommodating any size dining group as their diningroom is very spacious with a very authentic feel to the decor. The food is good and they're also flexible with dietary needs/requests. for example I can't eat onion or garlic...Italian kitchen staples but they cooked a tasty dish for me without....they even made a pasta dish for my grand daughter that was not listed on the menu. Staff very friendly and the service attentive.. we hightly recommend this Italian restaurant...."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We had dinner here a couple of years ago. It was great. This time, not so. Pasta was over cooked; eggplant parmigiana dish was mush as if it had been precooked and previously frozen. Ceasar salad was average at best. Wine and cappuccino's were good."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My first (and most likely only) dining experience was disappointing. Given the $38.00 a menu price for the Dine Out event, I expected a high level of quality and presentation compared to other restaurants in this price range. The beef carpaccio with the "crispy capers" came with "soggy capers" and a bit too thickly sliced. The gorgonzola risotto did not remotely resemble risotto nor did it even have a hint of gorgonzola. In fact, the rice looked like any long grain basis plain rice NOTHING like risotto. The Tiramisu, however, was okay albeit a bit too much of those lady fingers. The Poor Italien had a RICH price but POOR food."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Our Saturday evening at Poor Italian was a delight. The food was superb. The wait staff did an excellent job."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Mama didn't make food like this at home! But don't tell my mother it would brake a Old Italian's heart. Excellent, dishes, excellent quality, excellent quantity!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We were sat at the front door and asked to be moved and they said no. There we're tables around us that we're not full and had no one there until we left. We were rushed through dinner. Would not go back again or recommend !"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Expensive prices and small portion. Waiter came a few times."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We visited Poor Italian during Dine Out Vancouver as I always like to try something new during this time. I have driven past the restaurant literally hundreds of times but never gone in. The room was warm and welcoming, as was our server. She was prompt and informative but not hovering. They had the full menu on offer as well as the Dine Out menu, which we went for. My pasta was outstanding and you could tell that every part of it was made from scratch. My husband had the beef short rib that he raved about. We will be back to check out more of the menu in the future. Highly recommend this neighbourhood find."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "A business associate came to town and I wanted to give him a little taste of Italy in Vancouver. Well, as usual, the food was spectacular and the service very special. As a group, we've been to the Poor Italian several times and have tried many menu items, all have been very good. It's location doesn't lend itself to being a flashy or lavish establishment, but it's certainly a gem when it comes to the service and food quality!"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Always the best dinner spot in Vancouver...Tommasso and his staff are first class...the food is outstanding...love it!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Great server. It was a quiet night, and the server was full of anecdotes and humour. Place was simple, but the food was delicious and reasonably priced."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Brought my wife and 2 adult boys there for her birthday dinner. This is the fourth time we've dined here and we always enjoy it. I find the prices reasonable and the quality as good as some of the higher end downtown restaurants. It's a good alternative for us coming in from Coquitlam. Some of us did the Dine out menu and the mussels are some of the best I've had, huge, fresh, and well prepared. We also had the homemade Porcini and veal ravioli and the Linguine vongole, both were excellent and service was good."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Very good food, all 4 in our party enjoyed their meals very much. We all felt that we would definitely go back again. The server was very pleasant and attentive as were the rest of the staff, delivering our meals and making sure we had everything we needed."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Unexpectedly good for a neighbourhood restaurant. In particular, the service and ambiance are superior; tables are large and very well spaced and service is prompt and courteous. We were there during Vancouver's Dine around celebration so the total cost for the evening was very reasonable while the preset menu choices were well chosen. We will certainly return, again."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I have booked a table for three for the first time on my birthday on Jan 18. My guest gave me a birthday card ( envelope and my name) which I had left on the table after putting on my coat and scarf at about 8:15 pm. I called the restaurant at about 12:05 am , 2 pm and again .at 2:30 pm. At 6 pm a woman from the restaurant called to tell me that a hostess had found the card and left it on the shelf but the card is not there anymore and is likely thrown away. The restaurant should not throw away guest belonging in less than 24 hours. The card may contain something inside! The restaurant should have tried to call me."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable dinner. The service was great, the food was good and the location was easy to get to. We did the dine out menu and tried all the dishes. It was all very good."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We went in the waiter was courteous, but never spent more than 30 seconds with us. Iordered one of the dishes from the dine out Vancouver menu, my partner ordered the lasagna. The lasagna tasted well enough, but for an upscale restaurant (which their prices suggest) the lasagna did seem spectacular. I ordered the veal porcicini ravioli, I was glad the pasta was made in house, but unfortunately the veal and sauce left a lot to be desired. The ravioli filling seemed more like the filling from raviolis in a can with added cheese or cream. The sauce seemed like day old gravy that they had watered down. I was very unimpressed, I couldn't even finish the dish. The only good thing was the gelato and sorbeto dessert."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "First time visit. Ate at Dine Out Vancouver (coincidence), 2 of us for dinner. Had 3 course tasting menu with Buffalo Caprese + Mussels appie, Braised short ribs + risotto entree and Tiramisu and Lemon Sorbetto + Panicotta. More than we normally eat, and portions were full size. Short ribs were excellent, risotto was silky and smooth, not gummy. And what a treat, the entree came with vegetables, all too uncommon today, where carbs + protein seem to be the only priority and vegetables are non-existent or a side dish extra!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "This was our 4th evening at this restaurant. On each occasion we have been treated wonderfully. The staff are friendly, appropriately attentive and knowledgable. A good range of excellent wines are avaiable and the food truly excellent. We shall return!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014