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One good italian restaurant in Vancouver is all I want

If I were to have only one dinner in Vancouver and it was "italian", where should it be?

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  1. Felix:

    The one which immediately springs to mind is Pino Posteraro's [sp?]Cioppino's in Yale Town.

    Cin Cin on Robson has been good during past visits. I believe the chef/owner Romy Prasad has gone elsewhere. May have opened a place called Savoury Coast.

    A Corsi brother's restaurant, Quatro on 4th used to be good but it has been years since I was last at it. I am not sure that it is still there.

    On the north shore just up from Lonsdale Quay is another Corsi establishment, Gusto Corsi that was decent hearty, rustic Italian fare...less of the exotic...more of the red sauce.

    1. Cioppino's is really good... nice atmosphere too if you like the low lighting, old boys' club atmosphere.

      1. There is a fabulous restaurant adjacent to the Italian Cultural Centre on East 12th and Renfrew (?) called Darios.

        1. I have always liked the dining room at Umbertos. Slightly overpriced but a real Tuscan experience. Also, for lesser $, Enotecca next to Ciopinnos in Yaletown does great food (try the veal cheek tagliatelli) or braised shortribs over mushroom risotto.

          1. Moz, agree with Umberto's.

            However, I have to confess that everytime I think of Umberto I cannot help but shudder as I recollect that smarmy, greasy cookng show he used to have on Canadian television...it was so bad that it might have been right out of central casting for a Saturday Night Live or Second City sketch of the "disco duck", open and wide collar shirt, chains, cornucopia pendant era....mind you, what does he care. Vineyard and villa in Tuscany, cooking school...he certainly has brought Italian food a long way from the spaghetti and meat ball days....

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            1. re: Bob Mac

              Thank you all for your replies, will keep them in mind for the next trip to Vancouver as the night we had reserved for this dinner was pre-empted by a family dinner invitation we could not refuse . ( so many restaurants, so few days and nights in Vancouver- we spent three nights in Gabriola island - a beautiful place but a culinary wasteland ).

            2. What about Il Giardino? The patio is lovely and the food never misses--always consistent.

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              1. re: sfgirl

                I believe the above mentioned Umberto is Il Giardino (Umberto's Il Giardino) thus named to differentiate it from his other "Umberto" restaurants in Vancouver. I've had good food there and the patio is nice in a hot summer night like they ve been having lately

              2. Yes, the restaurant you call "Umberto's" is Il Giardino,
                but you won't hear it called that commonly as it is referred to as "Il Giardino" as far as I know.(IL Giardino di Umberto) and in Vancouver most people refer to it as "IL Giardino."

                1. For Italian,I love Villa del lupo. Tucked away in a beautiful heritage house on the fringes of Yaletown. It has some of the best sourced ingredients in the city. Best osso-buco in Vancouver.

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                  1. re: commis

                    Commis, you are so right on the money, I cant believe I (and the board) missed that gem of a restaurant! Small, romantic venue with great service and excellent food. Well caught.

                  2. We recently had a nice meal at Favorito's on W. Broadway. I wouldn't go out of my way for this restaurant, but if you are staying in the area, you will get a very nice meal. The restaurant may need a bit of a face lift but the food was good and the hospitality and atmosphere made for a very good experience.

                    1. In the end we did not eat Italian - Thank you for your suggestions which we'll keep for our next trip.

                      We did have a memorable dinner at West, which probably does not need another endorsement as one of the best restaurants in Vancouver except to say that it is fairly unpretentious for its quality.

                      Could not get into VIJs but enjoyed the lunch fare at their restaurant next door, can't wait to try the "real" thing (in the meantime I bought their cookbook and it has replaced Jaffrey's as the first reference for Indian curry recipes)

                      And found a new "hole in the wall” in Chinatown on Pender, one block up from Hastings, two men behind a counter making wonderful stuffed breads (Northern Chinese/ Mongolian Calzones)some filled only with crisp vegetables, some with mixed meats, an some filled with just scallions and egg.

                      Those are the highlights of our latest short trip to the coast.

                      1. Marcello's on Commercial Dr. ("Little Italy"). Year-round I hear my family telling me about their bi-weekly dinners here and I finally got the chance to go with them this time being home for the holidays. It's not necessarily "upscale" or considered fine dining, but it's definitely got that Italian-home-feel to it. Large portions (especially when you order the large-sized plates) to share with the table. This is the only way to taste everything the place has got to offer: great appetizers and salads, pastas, pizzas, and one of the richest tiramisus I've ever had!!

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                        1. re: alleycat81

                          We followed Marcello to his new pizzeria after he and his wife separated - I can't remember the name of their original place in the mall down the street. We make a point of stopping at Marcello's for lunch everytime we visit Vancouver and almost always leave satisfied with the family experience. The times we don't is when the owner is away and the food an service decline.
                          I would like to hear of other good places on Commercial or similar places elsewhere.

                        2. My #1 choice is Amacord in Yaletown. Why? It is consistently good. I have not had a bad meal there since they opened 8 or 9 years ago. (We patronize the place quite regularly.) Fabulous Northern Italian cuisine. Attentive and efficient service. Manlio, the proprietor, is a true restauranteur.

                          1. I also dreaded going back to Umberto's, but a business friend from out of town already booked in advance. To my surprise, it was very good. Not excellent or even memorable, but very good in a blandly high standard kind of way. Cioppino's is much better.