Poor Italian Ristorante
Poor Italian Ristorante

Poor Italian Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pooritalian.com/
  • Phone: 6042511122x
  • 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: Seafood, Italian, 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: 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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Poor Italian Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)fit for foodies (28)special occasion (28)good for groups (25)romantic (16)great for lunch (15)notable wine list (10)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Momamia...Now that's Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My guests & I had a Fabulous Dinner, everything was spot on. My veal scaloppine was to die for, the gnocchi was the best I have had for a long time. The staff is so wonderful. This restaurant is on my hit list to go to whenever I get a hankering for good Italian food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for the ladies
    Bigred
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Had a great time Friday night with a group of ladies. I have been before and so it was an easy choice to return. We had a hard time selecting our dishes as the menu is chock full of great choices. The wine selection was great, the service was excellent and food fabulous --- we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Italian food!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    A wonderful elegant masterful Italian restaurant. I always order the Caesar salad as a measure for what's to come(I love good Caesar salads too) It was awesome ...lots of garlic,tang and fresh anchovies. Truly remarkable. Everything else was very on point and simply delicious. I can't wait to go back at least enough times to try everything on the menu. Tiramisu was perfectly balanced and brought me to a heightend state of pleasure that none have ever done before. Sooooooo good. Everything was meaningfully placed on the plate with purpose,passion and precission. They are total pros who really do care. LOVED IT!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    NadsW
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Came here for my husband's birthday. The service was fantastic and the food was so tasty!!! Definitely worth going to
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    absolutely enjoy going to this restaurant - service is terrific
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Food
    JamieS
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    One of the most disappointing meals we have had in a long time. Food was grossly over salted, pesto was terrible, and the room is dated and drab. Menu is overpriced. Do not waste your money here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time
    Mastigi
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It was my first time to this restaurant. Generally stay on the North Shore. I was pleasantly surprised to see the restaurant, (in a good way) thinking it would be just OK, considering the area and not far from the highway. The ambiance is good and the place was clean. Felt warm. Started with the antipasto for 2 and was delicious. I then had the linguine with clams. Lots of clams, but found the pasta or maybe it was the sauce to be extremely salty. I should have sent it back, but ended up eating half of it. The wine is also a little on the pricey side.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gone downhill
    Vanreal21
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This used to be a wonderful restaurant with exceptional food. No longer. The service was awful. The ambience was worse. They turned on the TV during our meal! They screwed up my order. I would not recommend this place. Very very disappointing.
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  • review - Poor Italian Restaurant
    Halifaxvisitor
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Lack of attention to detail by the server no full cutlery provided for a spaghetti meal no water provided until asked for if it is customary to provide bread with a pasta dish, this was not done The food lacked flavour
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is one of our favourite spots!
    TravelordieVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Excellent food and service. Service provided by Matt is exceptional. Food is always good albeit not cheap.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • impressed
    Javelyn
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    since this restaurant was in the neighbourhood, we decided to give it a try and was quite impressed. The wait staff were very helpful and friendly, and the food was fantastic. I would definitely recommend it. We all ordered different dishes and had a chance to try all three entree's and all were fantastic, along with the calamari.....yummm. As we were leaving we received a wonderful surprise from the manager, 3 shot's of grappa. Apparently he overheard we were having a reunion. A wonderful gesture, thought. Congrat's Poor Italian, you definitely checked all the right boxes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Professioal server
    Dinewithrespect
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I am impressed by the server, he has great experience and professional. He ensured every item we ordered was met with our standard, including the wine. Food was fresh and delicious, we had ling cod, fish was crispy outside but juicy inside, very fresh fish. The veal we had was very tender and the sauce was delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual Dining
    AuntiDo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This place is conveniently located for Burnaby, East Vancouver and the North Shore. Parking can be a challenge. The service was good and the food was pretty good. The menu is somewhat limited, but what they do have is good. The dessert menu is fairly extensive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pricey
    BlackhawksForLife
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Love the food but pricey. Servers were great. Restaurant did not have air conditioner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but Service very slow.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was my first experience at this spot. The food was very good, but the service was little to be desired. The waiting for each course was very slow, if my company was not entertaining I would be very disappointed. The waiteress was very good & accommodating, but the delivery of the food took forever. My husband & I dine out a lot to many great restaurants in the city & it would be questionable if we go back due to the slow service. Good thing, we didn't have an event to go to.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor would relate to the Food
    littlenell
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Sorry to say we did not have a great experience at this restaurant....we had looked forward to it for a long time mainly because we like the newscaster Tony Parson...without exception the 5 of us thought the same.....the food was just awful.....on top of that they kept messing up the food that should have been served to us....2 were eating the other three trying to sort out what had been ordered. The one redeeming factor was our waitress as she was excellent and was very upset with the kitchen staff.... even the dessert got mixed up, only two of us took that as we thought they could not mix that up....but they did and took about 15 minutes to sort it out. Will not recommend PI to anyone .....
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  • Very average
    Bodyguard13
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Started out with not being seated in an almost empty restaurant because they didn't have enough menus to give out. We sat for almost 10 mins with no service. Our food came promptly , too promptly for being fresh. Tasted not much better than out of a can. We dressed as you should for dinner out only to see people I sweat pants and construction clothing. It felt like a lower class Old Spaghetti Factory
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  • Excellente !
    PYTHON
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Having lunched here on a number of occasions, I was delighted that the menu was even better than the last time I was here. Excellent food, terrific service and it was wonderful to be in a little taste of Firenza again ! Enjoy !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Four dinners all excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Pasta here is excellent. Reasonable prices. Manager Alberto was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Italian meal
    Keith
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was our second visit to Poor Italian Ristorante, and we felt it was even better than our first meal there. The service was attentive and the food was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Debbie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    reasonable prices and great food. what more do you what.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Colben
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My wife and I have driven by the restaurant many times so for our 28th anniversary we chose it for our dinner. Our server was great, wine was pretty good, starters were excellent and my main course, lasagna was excellent. My wife chose the short rib as her main course and she wasn't thrilled with it. fat to fatty for her liking and she often orders the short rib at other restaurants. prices were reasonable and overall it is a very nice restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    MitchellK
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Reliable, top drawer Italian. Great ambiance. Terrific food with a great selection.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not really poor Italian
    hisfood
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Having grown up with many Italian friends, I've eaten my share of Italian foods. So I can confidently say that the Poor Italian restaurant is one of the best. mushroom risotto was my favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best vongole pasta
    Chinos
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Must try this pasta . Best in Vancouver Perfecto
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A terrific Italian trattoria
    happydinerVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • fabulous food and atmosphere
    2diners
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 584 reviews are from the Poor Italian Ristorante reviews archive.
  • You won't be disappointed
    OTReviewer
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyed our night
    downtowneats
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    Yummy
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food was fresh and very good. Service was outstanding. Not so busy as to wait. Friday eve. Perfect. Free parking.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place
    LipstickLibrarianVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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.
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    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • rubybee
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian Food
    gunner
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
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  • Good Ambience
    FoodAholic
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deeeelish Fish!
    Mike2chi
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food
    B211
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The meals were excellent. Consistently well prepared and flavorful food. Entries arrive at the table still hot. Service is timely and accurate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    harchar
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Lovely restaurant with lots of room between tables. Excellent service. Tasty dinner- my new favourite Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet