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Giuseppe’s Bread and Deli3596 E. Hastings St., 604-299-2316
The menu may consist of a crumpled piece of paper in Giuseppe’s pocket, but the homemade pastas and tender meat dishes that come out of his kitchen belong in a high-end room.
Epicurean Caffé1898 W. First Ave., 604-731-5370, Epicureancaffe.com
The room is small and usually crowded, the tables cheek-by-jowl. Excellent for cappuccino and superb canoli, and if you show up at lunch time you’ll find a selection of pasta and meat dishes that are dependably delicious.
Bosa’s1465 Kootenay St., 604-253-5578, Bosafoods.com
Don’t let the Costco-like warehouse deter you—Bosa’s has been supplying fine ingredients to Vancouver’s Italian community, and fans of Italian cuisine, since 1957. Spend some quality time at the deli counter.
La Cucina1509 Marine Dr., North Van, 604-986-1334
Straightforward, traditional, not at all flashy—just like Tiberio Faeto, the owner. Killer wine list. Everyone goes for the carpaccio, but don’t overlook the veal with mushrooms.
Osteria Napoli 1660 Renfrew St., 604-255-6441, Osterianapoli.com
No fuss, no muss—just familiglia-friendly service and an array of rustic Sicilian dishes. Once a month they roast a suckling pig, and the staff parades it around the room.