Poor Italian Ristorante

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CAN$30 and under
Italian

Poor Italian Trattoria & Ristorante serves Vancouver, British Columbia. Poor Italian aims to make authentic and affordable plates of Italian cuisine that would be at home in a fine-dining restaurant. All pastas are hand cut and made to order in house. Additionally, all meats, vegetables and fruits are sourced from local suppliers to ensure freshness.

At Poor Italian, diners are continually treated to new surprises from its rotating seasonal menu. All the dishes are bright, vibrant and reminiscent of southern Italy. Popular items include the jumbo scallops with limoncello demi-glace, as well as the roasted sablefish, which is seasoned with Mediterranean salsa, sea salt and lemon. The portions are filling, but diners should save room for dessert, because Poor Italian is well-known for the Sicilian cannoli on its dessert menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
36 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Incredible Veal Marsala, great portion size and no issue with substituting potatoes to linguini with fresh pesto!!
Loved it.

DM
DMac
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The flavours are excellent, good mix of vegetables included with the mains, Pasta starter was delicious, homemade nice light pasta, superb sauce.

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BertonD
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, service is great! Well presented, tasty, Tirasimu was excellent also, will be back to try more food and desert. Well done !

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall5food4service4ambience4

One of the complaints that I had read is that the service is poor, but we had good service that night -- at the very least you do not feel uncomfortable. I ordered a carpaccio, ousobucco, and a tiramisu, and they are all good and fresh; carpaccio is made with tender tenderloin with enough greens and Parmesan cheese, the ousobucco is served with a delicious risotto. My mom enjoyed her veal scallopini with marsala sauce as well as the grilled veggies side dish, while my dad had a bowl of delicious mussel (they are fresh and big) and the daily risotto.

That being said, taste is subjective, and here are some that may turn people off:
1) some people may not like the greens on carpaccio
2) the risotto is too rich for my father
3) my mom like that the grilled veggies is flavorful without using much salt. I know one of my friend hate that because she dislike the veggies flavor

But for me, the experience and taste is better than some other restaurant in the city, including a famous steakhouse. Highly recommended.

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Anna
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were very disappointed in our Valentine's Day experience at the Poor Italian. First, we arrived on time for our reservation but were seated in a horrible location right by the dishes. This resulted in us constantly dealing with wait staff moving around us. When we were seated we asked if we could possibly move to a less busy area and were told 'no' as the restaurant was fully booked. However, throughout the evening there were multiple vacant seats in the more desirable areas of the restaurant. We were told that this was because there were many cancellations. We simply did not understand why the restaurant wouldn't fill their more desirable seats first to begin with. We were also disappointed with the waiting staff. The staff seemed very unhappy. There was a set menu for the evening. We felt that for the amount and quality of the food the price was too high. The food came in small portions and wasn't very good. I have been to the poor Italian once before and was very happy with the food and experience. I chose the poor Italian for my Valentine's Day dinner and was sadly very disappointed with the overall experience. I feel upset that I chose to spend my Valentine's Day evening in the restaurant.

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Denny
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was GREAT service, drinks, and of course the food was outstanding, need I say more.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience, amazing food and great company. Our evening at the Poor Italian was a just spectacular. I would have no hesitation in recommending the Poor Italian for a wonderful night out.

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vipzeero
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great meal. The service was prompt and the ambience was nice.

LM
LindaM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant has a warm, friendly atmosphere with great service and yet still feels high-end. The owner is on site, which is always a nice touch and is willing to respond to any requests. The food is excellent, and purely Italian in its preparation.

On the slightly negative side, I did find the wine on the pricey side and believe that they could offer good choices at a less expensive price with a little research. And, while they promote one of their desserts as similar to spumoni ice-cream, I missed having the purely traditional dessert.

It is definitely a favourite place to eat, however, and will return often.

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yukimiii
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed a wonderful dine out dinner. The owner was very friendly. My Caprese salad and Ling Cod were wonderful. The house special tiramisu was most delicious. Great for families. It was my brother's birthday and he had the creme brûlée. Everything was delicious.

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vipChanner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and tasteful. Service was super prompt. Portions were descent. Parking lot is small and cramped. Go early to find a good parking spot.

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vipwrichmo
Vancouver
31 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a drink within minutes and felt that the service was excellent and attentive all evening. The food was great! Our group of 4 very much enjoyed everything we ordered. I will definitely come back!

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Doug
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food, Service, friendly staff, what more could you ask for?

FA
FoodAdventures
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food and service.

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Hoping4
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Upon arriving the hostesses were very friendly, our server was great - the Dine Out menu looked good. My food was alright but my partner's (whose family owns a restaurant and has been in the industry for 30 years) definitely was not. The soup salty, the pasta rubbery and dry the tiramisu water logged.... You would think that with a Dine Out menu that you are wanting to make new customers; the food would definitely not make us come back. The exceptionally over priced wine - would not make us come back. The fantastic service unfortunately would not makes us come back BECAUSE when you go out to eat you want the meal to be just as superb.

We had heard from friends the food was quite good and were told to except the wine to be overpriced... Perhaps it was an off night?!?

We really were hoping for so much more...

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2016
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food at the Poor Italian is generally very good - it is one of my favourites in town. However, I have to say, we had very, very poor service on our last visit. We were a group of 5 for dinner for a birthday. The restaurant was almost empty. When the wait staff were told that none of our group would be drinking wine for the evening, we were told to hurry up and order all of our meal at once, because it would be a busy night because of dine out Vancouver. Needless to say, there was only one other table arrived during our whole visit, and the place was almost empty on a Sunday night. My guests questioned my choice of restaurants, not because of the food, but because of the poor way we were treated by the staff. Not only is it unlikely that I will be returning, I doubt very much any of my guests will be returning either.

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OpenTableDiner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2016
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We frequent at Poor Italian on other dinner occasions and with each visit, we found the food to be very good. But for the recent dine out experience, we were a bit disappointed with the dinner as the dinner set value, and the dishes did not seem to be up to the quality standard we have come to expect and enjoy.

The prawn linguine was too rich and dry with the thick sauce, and the prawns were a bit over cooked, and the vegetables more salty than usual. Even our beloved tiramisu seemed to be overly soaked with sauce thus each bite was a bit soggy.

Not sure if it was just an off night, but am hoping if we return after dine out, that the experience we've had found from before will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2016
Overall3food2service3ambience3

For $40 pp - one would expect better quality and taste of food
Appetizers were good , the only entree that was good was the ling Cod... Desserts were a major let down- old puff pastry and overly bitter tiramisu

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I recently took my mom to the Poor Italian prior to heading downtown for a show. We shared a starter, a pasta dish, and a dessert - all of which were very tasty! The service was fabulous. Attentive but unobtrusive. The noise level was comfortable with music in the background but quiet enough to have a conversation. We'll definitely be back sooner than later!

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greatfoodbadservice
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2015
Overall3food4service1ambience5

The food was delicious, the key waiters were full of contempt and made us feel unwelcome. It's difficult to say whether or not I would recommend this restaurant as there is great food all over the city. The Poor Italian is about the whole experience, and while our party enjoyed a lovely evening out, the inhospitable service from the key/head waiters was not necessary but nonetheless indulged in by those in charge. The side service staff were delightful, and the food was delicious. Some dishes were among the best I can remember ever tasting.

LJ
LangleyJoe
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went to there primarily because we like to try new places and we had driven by it so many times we thought it was time to go. Service was very good, ambiance was terrific, staff were attentive and the food was served hot and tasty. We have already recommended this to friends.

MS
vipMichaelS
Vancouver
33 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellente! True family recipe cuisine. You just feel good about the place.

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superjens
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the breads to the mains to the deserts and coffee is excellent. The cannoli, holy cow, I almost didn't order it because I was stuffed but am I ever glad I did. It was sublime. The service is excellent - fast and exactly what we needed, exactly when we needed it. The Carpaccio di Manzo was perfect, as were the lambchops. Really, the lambchops made my eyes roll into the back of my head.

We found a new favourite restaurant, please stay away so we can always get a table when we need it :)

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vipJakeskitchen
Vancouver
29 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The last 2 times I have been disappointed. I brought the same friend twice and she wasn't satisfied. First time the lasagna came with plastic melted on top. (Should have comped her entire meal not just the entre). The second time we asked to take the rest of the meals with us and I got mine but my guest got hers thrown away. When we asked(the hostess) apologized and that was it. Wasted
Money on half a meal. The service the second time could have been better. The waitress was run off her feet and did the best she could. It was just before Xmas and more staff should have been brought in.

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123lunch
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2015
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great time had by group that attended. Our waitress was great, good personality etc but the service was a bit slow. Food was excellent. Had one of the specials and thouroughly enjoyed it.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2015
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Poor Italian is a great goto if you don't want to venture downtown or have guests coming from the Burb's. Very solid Italian appy's, share-plates, salads and especially the pastas which are perfectly prepared, a good deal and great fun for dining en-famille. The entrees are equally good but the prices of these are inching into downtown range, so while excellent, they will come up a bit short for the price conscious and the veggies can be somewhat on the assembly-line side. Wine-list is short but does the fare well. Can get loud and busy. Service often slips a notch when things get going. They do need to work on their payment system, they have a tough time billing individually within in a group or having the bill split up in different ways. These small detractions aside, it's a fun Italian experience and taking your time with food, wine and friends is what the PI is all about. Recommend for business expense lunches, dates and pre or post downtown activities like theatre, movies or games.

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PickyVirgo
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the restaurant. Tables are not too close together. Staff is excellent. We had a great evening. Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2015
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Very disappointed - poor service, meals arrived at different time, waited 1 hour between appetizers and meal, food quality was marginal. I had a very standard Caesar salad - Costco quality - and ordered the "jumbo shrimp and scallops" which really an embarrassment for Vancouver. The scallops were over cooked and tiny - the size of quarters. If you are looking for an Italian meal in Vancouver there are lots of other options - my recommendation is to go elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2015
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was good and brought at a nice pace to make an enjoyable dinner. Good Italian food and an ok wine list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2015
Overall3food5service2ambience3

First time we went to this restaurant we had a great experience. Food was excellent as was the service. Restaurant is a little cramped but not to bad. This last time we went there once again the food was excellent but the service was terrible. We will try it again as I'm hoping the service was an anomaly.

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vipTomb
Vancouver
46 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2015
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were very disappointed. This restaurant has been there a long time I don't know how it survives.

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Mickeymouse
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The last time I visited PI was a while back, and this time I find overall service still relatively good. The food still tasty but the portions were significantly smaller. I'm not a big eater, so I'm okay with it but my husband finds it less fulfilling. They have definitely reduced the portion size to avoid increasing the price?

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vipvsby
London
44 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2015
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good meal though the highlight was their dessert. There really isn't any other place within the perimeter, so they are good enough for us to come back if we don't want to travel far

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Georg
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience3

All in all, I enjoyed the lunch at The Poor Italian Restaurant. The parking space maybe a bit tight if it is busy based from what I see but it has lots of street parking . The staffs are very friendly, it was an easy choice for the area that we are meeting and the atmosphere is great for talking.

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Happydiner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2015
Overall3food3service4ambience2

This restaurant had been recommended by my girlfriend, so we decided to try it out with our 2 adult children on a weekday. Some dishes were excellent, while others disappointed. My husband's ceasar salad and lasagna got a good review. The salad was excellent. Gnocchi was also very good. However ,my veal marsala had no seasoning and the sauce was bland. My daughter's clam linguini was extremely bland and had hardly any clam flavour. Perhaps the Tuesday chef like plain food.

Service was very good and bread is delicious. I think we will try it again but on a weekend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious dishes.

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Termin8r604
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The overall experience was alright. My girlfriend and I sat down at the table and waited 10 minutes before a server decided to serve us. The food was good. We both ordered pastas and they werent anything special but its better than your average pasta at boston pizza. The two waiters that served our prt of the restaurant was below average in treating us. Our waiter asked the table behind us if the food was good and after that he left and didnt bother to ask us. The only time the server attended to our table was for ordering and for dessert. The ladies that served us the food was much nicer than the waiters. The tiramisu tasted great. Overall the food is much better than the waiters. I think I would be going back just to try the other entrees but not because this restaurant has great service.

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vipSandie
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My Aunt and I enjoyed an early Saturday dinner at PI, and lingered for 3 hours! Our food was delicious! Our waiter was like an Uncle, with spot-on suggestions. We will definitely go back and enjoy something different on there well-rounded menu. Thanks PI!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2015
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Good ambiance and service, but the food could have been better!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Met a friend there for lunch, and was seated immediately. Service was attentive and the food was excellent.

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Poor Italian Ristorante does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. Poor Italian Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 251-1122.

Poor Italian Ristorante is rated 4 stars by 733 OpenTable diners.

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