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The top Italian restaurants in the city in 2023.
As usual in this ultra-competitive category, it was an epic showdown. But the Drive’s ode to fresh pasta emerges victorious: Oca Pastificio earns the coveted gold. Dishes like the romaine and chicory salad with oil-cured anchovy fillets and roasted red peppers and the tagliatelle with wine-rosemary braised rabbit ragu are served up in a jewel box of a room. “Oca has a level of consistency rarely seen in restaurants these days,” said one judge.
1260 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill and Enoteca earns silver for chef Pino Posteraro’s classic take on Italian and Mediterranean fare, blending tradition, modernity and a touch of Japanese aesthetic—look for the veal ossobuco, the Fraser Valley duck or the spicy medley of sustainable fish and seafood in bouillabaisse broth with rouille.
1133 Hamilton St., Vancouver
La Quercia’s rustic Italian cuisine (think classics like the gemelli alla carbonara and chicken scaloppine ai porcini) earns it the bronze.
3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
And neighbourhood favourite Caffè La Tana gets an honourable mention for its morning-hour menu in particular: the traditional pastries and robust espresso delighted our judges’ palates.
635 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
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