When you put Italy and Vancouver together in the same sentence, your mind may immediately drift to Commercial Drive. It’s home to melt-in-your-mouth pastries, authentic pasta, and dozens of green, white, and red flags. But, we’ve got news for you. There’s another Italian enclave in Metro Vancouver that’s just as charming and delicious as the community on the Drive.

Burnaby Heights’ main strip of Hastings is lined with Italian restaurants, cafes, and delis. You’ll hear the vivacious language in the background and experience the friendliness of the culture first-hand as you walk down the street. Here are the must-visit spots to indulge in all things Italian. 

ANTON’S PASTA BAR: People travel from across the Lower Mainland to twirl Anton’s pasta around their forks. Opened in 1983, this favourite restaurant is known for great food, a rich family history, and endearing comfort.

4260 Hastings Street

CIOFFI’S: Italians and top chefs far and wide rely on Cioffi’s for authentic Italian staples. The meat market and deli has been recognized as the best European food supplier in Burnaby and Metro Vancouver for over 25 years, and you’ll be hooked after just one visit. 

4156 Hastings Street

CIOFFI’S CUCINA: If you’d rather let someone else do the cooking, pop into neighbouring Cioffi’s Cucina for ready-made meals, fresh baked goods, delicious sandwiches, and Lavazza coffees. 

4150 Hastings Street

BACI RISTORANTE: This neighbourhood treasure uses high quality local ingredients with imported Italian specialties to produce unforgettable dining experiences. There’s even live music and dancing.

3728 Hastings Street

COTTO ENOTECA PIZZERIA: Savour slices of rustic homemade pizza at Cotto Enoteca. The wood-fired brick oven cooks authentic Neopolitan pizzas with locally fresh ingredients. Don’t skip the dessert menu. 

6011 Hastings Street

LA VILLETTA: Take your time enjoying a traditional Italian meal at La Villetta, a favourite in Burnaby Heights since 1990. A warm and intimate setting is the perfect backdrop for celebrations or date night. 

3901 Hastings Street

SOPRA SOTTO: This fun neighbourhood restaurant first opened on Commercial Drive and soon expanded to a second location in Burnaby Heights. Gather here with friends or family for what’s sure to be delicious Italian food.

4022 Hastings Street

FORTUNA BAKERY: When your sweet tooth is hungry, pop into Fortuna Bakery, famous for their Italian and Portuguese treats for over 40 years. You’ll also find European groceries, custom cakes, and a range of artisan breads.

4240 Hastings Street

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