Restaurant Awards 2024: The Best Upscale Italian Restaurants in Vancouver

These are the top high-end Italian restaurants in Vancouver, according to our expert panel of Restaurant Awards judges.

The Best Upscale Italian Restaurants in Vancouver 2023

Gold: Cioppino’s

It’s been a few years since we’ve divided Italian into “upscale” and “casual,” but with so much competition on the scene these days, we’re glad for the chance to hand out double the accolades. Because no matter who the hot young thing in town might be this year, gold winner Cioppino’s deserves your attention forever and always. “Chef Pino nails the essence of fine Italian cuisine with fresh, high-quality ingredients and precise cooking techniques,” said one judge. For 20-plus years, Pino Posteraro has been creating ethereal wonders like a pappardelle with slow-braised veal cheeks and wild mushrooms, setting the bar for the up-and-comers chasing after him.

1133 Hamilton St.


Silver: L’Ufficio

L’Ufficio is similarly committed to authenticity and craftsmanship—one judge called it “hands down, the most authentic Italian restaurant in town,” thanks to chef Adam Pegg’s ongoing commitment to rural Italian cooking. (The solid, eclectic Italian wine list doesn’t hurt, either.)

3687 W 4th Ave.

Bronze: CinCin

With its touristy location and long tenure, it’s easy to take CinCin for granted, but chef Andrew Richardson’s mastery with the wood grill continues to amaze—the whole branzino is a standout.

1154 Robson St.

Honourable Mentions

Acquafarina  425 W Georgia St.,
Lupo  869 Hamilton St.,

Find more of the best Vancouver restaurants on our list of 2024 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Award winners.