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Poor Italian Trattoria & Ristorante

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Mediterranean, Italian,
3296 1st Ave E, Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 1B8, Canada
+1 604-251-1122
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good32%
  • Average18%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
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“caesar salad” (4 reviews)
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Mediterranean, Italian, Contemporary, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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3296 1st Ave E, Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 1B8, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We've never had a disappointing meal here. Reminds us of our time spent in Italy. The staff is always smiling and helpful.

Thank kbtrager
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My nephew lives in Vancouver, so it was great to catch up over some authentic Italian cuisine last night. We started with bruschetta then I had halibut which was lovely with roasted potatoes and verges. The hubby and nephew had steaks and thoroughly enjoyed them....More

Thank Cruiserkids
Reviewed 13 January 2018

On 1st Ave E a Renfrew right on route from down town Vancouver to #1 Freeway Passed by hundreds of times finally stopped, sure glad we did, an excellent meal. 4 succulent lamb jobs with many tasty vegetables. My wife had 2 large chicken breasts...More

Thank Steve Y
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

The restaurant is very clean and tidy and presents itself well in a style that one would see in Italy. We shared a calamari/prawn/scallop appetizer that was fair. My wife had spaghetti with meatballs and I had a Carbonara dish - we thought both were...More

Thank VanCityTim
Reviewed 21 October 2017

The "POOR" in Poor Italian refers to the service. It's not every day you encounter a part-owner / General Manager of a restaurant who would challenge a customer and lecture them on what linguine con le vongole is. I was baffled by the service and...More

5  Thank Joanna C
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Upon trying this restaurant for the first time, my initial impression was good however it was quickly soured by the restaurant owner and manager himself. My girlfriend ordered my meal for me using plain and concise English, forgoing the formal Italian title in order to...More

4  Thank Jason I
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Title says it all. Manager/ owner argued with us for 2 mins over what we ordered. My linguini ragu was bland and pasta was a tad undercooked. Overcharged on the auto grat from menu saying 18% and got charged 19%. Bad service, blah food, bad...More

3  Thank Wendy W
Reviewed 28 September 2017

All five of us enjoyed our various main courses and our different desserts, and the house wine was perfectly good. I had the seafood pasta (Allo con Scoglio), which was very fresh and if it had just one more scallop and one more grilled prawn...More

1  Thank Edward S
Reviewed 24 September 2017

My Other Half brought me here for our anniversary. It was wonderful! Great ambiance, excellent food, fabulous service. I had the Tortellini and it was so yummy! The Other Half had the Lasagna, and he thought it was excellent. The Calamari was good as well.We...More

Thank Francine M
Reviewed 10 August 2017

This restaurant is located in residential neighbourhood. It is family owed restaurant. The restaurant uses all fresh and finest ingredients. Try the crab cake - Crocchette di Granchio, it covered with bread crumbs and cilantro, cracked peppercorn and leeks and arugula. The linguine Allo Scoglio...More

Thank MoMoWusaki
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Skeena Frances W
7 February 2018|
Response from VanCityTim | Reviewed this property |
There are several good places in the Commercial Dr neighborhood such as Arriva or Lonbardo's or Nick's Spaghetti House.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 14 - US$ 26
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3296 1st Ave E, Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 1B8, Canada
  • Public Transportation: Rupert Street is a major bus route
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver
  • Phone Number: +1 604-251-1122
  • E-mail
Authentic and affordable fine dining on the East Side... Enjoy a relaxed evening of great food in a tranquil environment and let our chefs work wonders with fresh and sustainable ingredients in simple and flavourful combinations. Check out our delicious menu of inspired creations. The Poor Italian is happy to be part of the Vancouver Aquarium's Oceanwise Programme. We're also proud to have the Italian 'Qualita' Certification Seal. Find us centrally located at First Avenue and Rupert on the East Side. We've got lots of free parking and room for up to one hundred guests. Whether it's a romantic dinner or a corporate engagement, we can accommodate you! Reservations are recommended. Though, we do tend to leave a number of tables available for walk-in guests!
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