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best Italian restaurant in Vancouver?

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We will be visiting Vancouver in November. Always have our favorite restaurants to enjoy dining, but would love to add a night of Italian or Mediterranean. Has anyone tried Lupo since it reopened? Any other recommendations?

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  1. for my money Il Giardino is always spot on

    1. Definately, Lupo has become my favourite Italian in the city. I also had a great meal at Cibo but Lupo edged them out...

      1. Cioppino's and Lupa are pretty good. La Quercia
        has been good in the past; havent eaten there recently.

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        La Quercia
        3689 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6R1P2, CA

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        1. re: Philx

          I enjoyed Lupo recently. I'd give Cioppino's the nod as Vancouver's best Italian though. La Quercia would be awesome if there are 4 or more of you as you dine family style there.

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          La Quercia
          3689 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6R1P2, CA

          1. re: waylman

            For me, it's La Buca, Cioppino's and Lupo in that order for Ital/Med at the moment. There are threads on here dealing with all the restaurants mentioned so far if you want to read more.

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            La Buca Restaurant
            4025 MacDonald St, Vancouver, BC V6L2N8, CA

        2. My favourite is Lupo. Cioppino's is second.

          1. Unless you are looking for something very upscale (and expensive), in which case I would vote for Cioppino, the clear choice right now is La Quercia. The food is very market driven, authentic and well executed. Plus, they make the best pasta in town.

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            La Quercia
            3689 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6R1P2, CA

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            1. re: Peter Rodgers

              I've been to La Quercia twice since they opened and wasn't blown away either visit. Perhaps it's time for another try...