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Poor Italian Ristorante

4.0
736 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Closed Mondays

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Phone number
(604) 251-1122
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4.0
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4.0
food
4.1
service
3.8
ambience
3.8
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vipOpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0
Dined on March 8, 2016

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

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DMac (Vancouver)
4.0
Dined on March 4, 2016

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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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0
Dined on March 3, 2016

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)
5.0
Dined on February 20, 2016

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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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
1.0
Dined on February 14, 2016

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)
5.0
Dined on February 13, 2016

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

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0
Dined on February 13, 2016

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)
4.0
Dined on February 12, 2016

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

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0
Dined on February 6, 2016

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)
5.0
Dined on January 30, 2016

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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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Closed Mondays

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Cross street
Rupert
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Price range
CAN$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(604) 251-1122
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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!
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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.
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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.
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Public transit
Rupert Street is a major bus route
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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!