With so many authentic and new-age Italian restaurants in Vancouver, choosing a favourite is practically impossible. Luckily, there are plenty of options to consider the next time you’re hit with a craving. And if you’re looking for some ideas, the Michelin Guide spotlights these 9 spots for their “comforting pasta,” tiramisu, and extensive wine lists.

Let’s dive right in: Here are the 9 best Italian restaurants in Vancouver, according to the Michelin Guide.

Ask For Luigi

 

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In addition to topping the list of best brunch spots, Ask for Luigi dominates the world of innovative, authentic pasta in the city. As for specifics, the Michelin Guide shouts out the pappardelle with rich duck ragu, shellfish bigoli,

Where: 305 Alexander Street

Bacaro

 

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For a Venetian-focused menu and ambiance, Bacaro is celebrated for its dedication to the “art of cicchetti,” or small plates enjoyed while on the go, often with an accompanying glass of vino. From ragu with chanterelles to fusilloni, there is plenty to savour here.

Where: 1029 West Cordova

Carlino

 

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Inspired by the Northern Italian city of Friuli, Carlino’s menu reflects a variety of culinary influences, including Slavic and Germanic traditions like braised cabbage agrodolce with pork Milanese. For classic Italian with some unique regional twists, check out Carlino.

Where: 1115 Alberni Street

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Fiorino, Italian Street Food

 

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This Chinatown spot takes bread-making seriously, offering an array of focaccia sandwiches and schiacciata. And for dinner, you can’t go wrong with pasta and one of their many street food delights.

Where: 212 East Georgia Street

Acquafarina

 

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According to Michelin Guide, this spot was actually originally meant to be a pizzeria – hence the large wood-burning ovens above the room. However, after a pivot to fine dining, diners can enjoy a mix of delicious plates a la carte, as well as pizzas at lunch.

Where: 425 West Georgia Street

Per Se Social Corner

 

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Cozy meets elevated at Per Se Social Corner. The menu is loaded with a diverse spread of burgers, pasta, seafood, and brunch offerings, including their famous brunch burgers. As for pasta, Michelin Guide recommends the lobster & crab ravioli in chipotle coconut milk.

Where: 891 Homer Street

Cioppino’s

 

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Cioppino’s is a quintessential spot in Vancouver for classic Italian and Mediterranean fare, from calamari to cannoli. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that it’s among the top Italian restaurants in the world outside of Italy.

Where: 1133 Hamilton Street

Osteria Savio Volpe

 

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Named one of the most romantic restaurants in all of Canada, Osteria Savio Volpe always brings its A-game when it comes to creating the ultimate dining experience. Indulge in warm garlic knots, carpaccio, and pastas like the rich and decadent creste di gallo.

Where: 615 Kingsway

Magari by Oca

 

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Last but certainly not least, we come to Oca Pastificio on Commercial. With an open kitchen with views into the pasta rolling station, this spot takes “dinner with a view” to a whole new level. Diners can enjoy everything from a wine-rosemary braised rabbit ragu to Cappellacci.

Where: 1260 Commercial Drive

And that’s the list, Vancouver. Might be time to make some reservations and indulge in some Italian sooner rather than later!