Recently we’ve been craving some Italian food, which means that it’s only fair that we share the journey with you. And, it’s hard to pick a favourite among the best places to get pasta in Vancouver, so forgive us in advance if we get a little riled up about the options. We think it’s a good problem to have, of course, but dang if it isn’t a hard one to overcome.

So, without further ado, here are 12 of the best places to get pasta in Vancouver.

Editor’s Note: Due to changing public health restrictions, please check with the businesses first before visiting or ordering.

Livia

 

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For what is primarily a bakery, Livia’s range of housemade pastas are above and beyond anything we would have expected. From daily specials to hearty, heat-at-home lasagna, you seriously will not go wrong here. And about those daily specials? Yeah, all you have to do is follow them on Instagram and you’ll know what’s available. A word to the wise though, because they taste just as good as they look.

Where: 1399 Commercial Drive
Options: Dine-in and takeout

Robba da Matti

This staple spot in Yaletown recently opened a new outpost in the West End as well, and we couldn’t be happier about it. They’ve got a wide variety of dishes to try (including vegetarian and vegan options), but we say start with their seafood-forward plates if you haven’t tasted them before. Specifically, the Spaghetti alla Scoglio, which is perfect for sharing at home.

Where: 1127 Mainland Street and 1906 Haro Street
Options: Dine-in, takeout and delivery

Tavola

Speaking of restaurants in the West End, it’s hard to overlook this delicious Italian spot right on the area. They’ve got tons of options for delicious housemade pastas, and we’re seriously eyeing some gnocchi with a pork ragu for our next hearty, but somehow light meal. Pro tip- the proximity to Stanley Park also makes this a great option for picnics, pasta dishes notwithstanding.

Where: 1829 Robson Street
Options: Dine-in, takeout and delivery

Ask For Luigi

 

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Ask for Luigi has become a must-know name for any self-respecting Vancouverite, and for good reason. While the amazing interior made it a destination spot from the get-go, it’s the incredible dishes that have kept it at the forefront of Italian cuisine in the city. Instead of Tavola’s pork ragu, Ask for Luigi has more or less mastered lamb ragu, which is usually on the menu.

Where: 305 Alexander Street
Options: Dine-in, takeout and delivery

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Di Beppe Restaurant

We really like Di Beppe’s simple yet delicious approach to the majority of their pasta dishes. Pick between rigatoni or spaghetti, pick a sauce, and voila! You’re good to go. And while we recommend mixing and matching over the summer, our first pick for you is spaghetti cacio e pepe, which pairs perfectly with just about any weather.

Where: 8 W Cordova Street
Options: Dine-in, takeout and delivery

Savio Volpe

We’re happy to say that Savio Volpe is one of the few places that does ‘modern rustic’ perfectly. We recommend grabbing a few friends and dining family-style here since you’re going to want a taste of practically everything on the menu. Speaking of family dining, they’ve got a new special for Wednesdays, offering complimentary kids pasta meals in the shaped of foxes. Yeah, it’s adorable!

Where: 615 Kingsway
Options: Dine-in, takeout and delivery

Pepino’s

 

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The younger sibling of Savio Volpe, although it really looks like an old uncle. The classic Italian spaghetti house vibe is on point, as are their signature dishes. Honestly, we see it as like a darker, but just as lovely, version of Ask for Luigi, even though they’re part of a different restaurant group. A classic plate of spaghetti followed by some tiramisu? That’s an easy way to get on this list of the best pasta spots in Vancouver.

Where: 631 Commercial Drive
Options: Dine-in, takeout and delivery

Autostrada

Autostrada went from one spot on Main Street, to a second downtown, and now they’ve got a third location at the brand new Vancouver House! The best part? All three of them have got delicious pasta dishes for you to try out. The pastas run the gamut here too, from little-known regional specialties to daily stuffed pasta specials.

Where: 4811 Main Street and 350 W Pender Street
Options: Dine-in and takeout

La Quercia

Honestly, La Quercia is one of our top picks amongst this elite list. The northern Italian cuisine is always on point and is sure to delight you each and every time you step in there. And, it’s no longer a sleeper hit, having been named one of the best restaurants in Canada last year. Peruse their seasonal menu, and see what strikes your fancy! You’re guaranteed to love it.

Where: 3689 W 4th Avenue
Options: Dine-in and takeout

Lupo

An underrated spot in Yaletown that has perfected ‘modern Italian’ cuisine. That being said, this place specializes in family-style dining, so we definitely think that pasta should just be one (very delicious) part of your meal. Save it for when you really feel like treating yourself, and you’ll be happy that you did.

Where: 869 Hamilton Street
Options: Dine-in and takeout

Giardino

 

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Giardino has a special place in our hearts for the atmosphere alone. It is truly the most opulent spot on this list, and lucky for us, has the food quality to match. In fact, owner and head chef Umberto Menghi recently received the Order of the Star of Italy, in recognition of his promotion of Italian and heritage and culture of Italy abroad. Yeah, this spot is backed by an entire nation.

Where: 1328 Hornby Street
Options: Dine-in only

La Buca

While their newest venture, Sorella, might be a bit more buzzworthy, it is La Buca that gets the nod for their enduring, intimate dining experience. Seriously, this spot is a true hidden gem in the city, and another one that doesn’t need us to hype it up. If you’re looking for a springtime pick, then we absolutely recommend their Farfalle alla Panna, which comes with chicken and fresh peas. Perfect for a little backyard patio dinner!

Where: 4025 MacDonald Street
Options: Takeout only

Even after a thorough review of the best spots for pasta in Vancouver, we’re no closer to making a decision, We know- it’s time for some intense coin flips, until one name emerges supreme!