June 6 2014
Gastown's Best Restaurants for Italian Cuisine
Written by Gastown Admin
Al Porto Ristorante
321 Water Street
Al Porto provides a warm, romantic dining experience with their beautiful two-level dining area. Decorated with rustic wooden doors, arched windows, and candle lighting, the dining area is reminiscent of a charming Tuscan villa. Al Porto offers a traditional Italian dining experience with antipastos, fantastic seafood, rustic wood-fire pizza, and an excellent wine list featuring over 300 world wines.
Brioche Urban Baking & Catering
401 W. Cordova St.
The cozy, brick-lined café is a great place for an intimate gathering over rich, Sicilian food. With culinary experience in Sicily, head chef/owner Eduardo Billardello brought the spirit of Italy to Brioche. The menu offers incredible home-style Sicilian dishes with West Coast flair. Try their coastal antipasto platter, ciopinno stew, and daily scratch homemade soups and pastries.
If you’re in the mood for Italian soul food, Incendio is your place. Gastown’s original pizzeria has a heritage feel with exposed brick and open kitchen. You can dine comfortably with friends or have an intimate dinner for two. Make yourself at home and choose from traditional pastas, and an excellent variety of pizzas and craft beers!
Nicli Antica Pizzeria
62 E Cordova Street
Visit Nicli Antica Pizzeria to taste authentic Neapolitan pizza. Nicli’s pizzas are VPN certified and made with authentic ingredients like tomatoes from San Marzano, Italy. Pizzas come fresh out of a grand wood-fire oven with a perfect crispy texture, yet is soft enough to fold. Nicli also offers traditional antipasto appetizers, desserts, and espresso.
280 Carrall Street
Notturno is a great option for those looking for a sophisticated night nibbling tapas and sipping fantastic cocktails. The chic boite features Italian-inspired cicchetti share plates with fine meats, cheese, and market-fresh ingredients; and craft cocktails with Italian flair by award winning bartender “H”. The food and cocktail menus are ever changing, so there is always something new to try!
Old Spaghetti Factory
210 – 55 Water Street
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Take the whole family to Old Spaghetti Factory to enjoy great pastas in a unique atmosphere. The menu is affordable with a wide variety of delicious entrees such as Veal Parmigiana and Braised Beef Ravioli. Grab a table inside the historic trolley car and see if you can spot all the unique antiques decorated throughout the restaurant!
Water Street Cafe
300 Water Street
Water Street Café offers a classic dining experience with West Coast-Italian dishes that will leave you satisfied. Everything is prepared in house using fresh ingredients, Italian flavours and bold spices. The menu is superb featuring creative pastas, excellent seafood, daily baked fresh breads, and exquisite desserts. Seat yourself by their summertime patio to enjoy quality cuisine and a beautiful view of the historic steam clock.