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Italian Kitchen

1037 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1A1
Tel: (604) 687-2858 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 687-2859
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Contemporary, Italian
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Service: Takeout, Catering
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Weekend brunch
  • Features: Gluten free, Ocean Wise, Patio, Wheelchair accessible, Fine dining
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30AM - 1AM, Fri - Sat: 11:30AM - 2AM, Sun: 11:30AM - 1AM
  • Italian Kitchen offers a coalescence of old-world charm and new-world sophistication. The cuisine includes warm wheels of handcrafted pizza, peerless antipasto platters, and dry-aged steaks. A variety of pastas including: pappardelle blanketed with pulled osso bucco; impossibly fat gnocchi; and the ultimate ravioli with Dungeness crab and fresh buffalo-milk ricotta.

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Have had much better.
By PaulSid of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 29, 2011 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

On a recommendation from a friend I decided to try Italian Kitchen on Alberni.
Ordered an appy to share and the fish platter along with a bottle of the chianti.
Food was average, never popped in your mouth like other highend restaurants I have tried in the area.
Fish was overcooked, shrimp also overcooked. Pasta should have been better, I'm assuming it was made in-house but tasted lime the stuff I buy at the Italian market. Risotto was undercooked, better pass on that.

The ambience was good, nice waitress and decor.

For a bill over $150 I left unimpressed and will go back to my other Italian restaurants when the cravings return.

Good: service, ambience, decor, location
Bad: overall food experience, pricey for what you get, cookie cutter style Italian restaurant.

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We Had Fun and Would Go Back
By leonard h of Vancouver (39 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 9:45am [Dine in]

Hooray! A glass of reasonably-priced and delicious red house wine. That, to me, got me in a good mood right off the bat at Italian Kitchen. A generous and friendly server who kept on grating the parmesan into my food until I finally said OH, AM I SUPPOSED TO SAY "WHEN"? Happy and chatty dining neighbours who were obviously enjoying their lovingly-presented food. A pizza that was actually generous in size compared to a CD I had eaten at a posh place. Go there and have a good time, like we did.

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Never again
By nething4me of kerrisdale, vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 30, 2011 - 10:54am [Dine in]

I booked my reservation in advance to ensure that on a Thursday Night my date would go perfectly. It was my girlfriends birthday and she loves pasta. We got to the restaurant and even though I had a reservation people off the street were seated before us. And the worse part about that is they had a better table. I let it go because it was a special night. We ordered the pasta sampler or whatever it is called for appitizer. It was ok. There was very little taste except for SALT. Then we waited and waited and waited and waited and waited until we got our main courses. Mine was cold, hers was over cooked. My date had the cream pasta, but as most of us know, if you cook cream to long it turns into oil. Something about the fat content in cream. Anyways I was told that because it was her birthday we would get a free tiramisu. I was in luck she loves tiramisu. We never got it. So long story short, the place was really loud, poor food, crappy service, and over priced.

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so-so
By epicurian of Kerrisdale (42 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

Pretty so-so restaurant. How many times can a Kobe meatball be reinvented? Lunch hours in dt are rather nutty but if one makes reservations and it's delayed by 15 minutes, I think an apology is in order. Food was edible. Nothing spectacular. Never order their platters. The pasta always comes out cold and tastes as if it has been sitting at a heating tray since morning. Portions are relatively small. Service was busy if not a bit strained. Understanding considering the zoo like atmosphere when it's slammed. Very little value. The room is pretty. Nice place to look at pretty people as to the food, it's so-so

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Nice room and food
By diningd of vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2008 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

Tried out this place for dine out 2008 - was very surprized I like it considering other friends have said its very noisy, but being a Sunday night and we had a early dining time 6:30 maybe thats why it was nice. The room is nicely decorated and we were placed up on the 2nd floor. I think downstairs would have been a bit more high traffic and noisy. I enjoyed the dineout menu and will definitely go back to try the pasta dishes, on the way out the smells from the open kitchen was very appetizing.

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Never Again!!!
By garys of Vancouver, West Side (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 12:03am [Dine in]

This Saturday October 6, 2007 I along with 11 friends had reservations for 8:30pm for Italian Kitchen. We arrived at 8:30 and were told our table wasn't quite ready yet. Time passed and after about 20 minutes, we started to ask questions at which time the hostesses kept apolgizing and saying it would be soon. After 40 minutes of waiting, we were all quite upset and they brought everyone some champagne but with no answers or results. Finally, after waiting for 1 hour and 10 minutes, we were seated. We were given two plates of complimentary appetizers but at no time did a manager ever come and speak to us during this fiasco to apologize. In fact, I personally saw two managers watch us from the upstairs bar never once having the respect to come over and speak to us. I found the food to be lack lustre and bland, the atmosphere to be typical and most of all the service and management completely inadequate and impotent. The only bright spot was our server Jesse who really tried his best to make a terrible situation better. One common thread at our table was that we all cross paths with many people in our daily professional lives and none of us will ever recommend Italian Kitchen or ever return.

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Lovely surprise
By el_zorrow of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 9:31pm [Dine in]

Took a friend to lunch. Did not have any expectations particularly since I can cook pasta myself. But I thought it would be a cool idea. We both ordered a pasta dish each and a bottle of mineral water.

To my surprise, half an hour later, we both consumed every morsel in the pasta bowls. It was really tasty. The meatballs were delicious. The presentation was excellent. I would have given an "outstanding" for my food rating, but pasta can't be outstanding when compared to French or Chinese food creations. But for comfort food, there is nothing bettter.

The dessert menu is impressive. My coffee was perfect. Overall, I was more than pleasantly surprised. I would go back. Definitely.

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Some hits and misses.
By nyoung of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

Food - had calamari to start which was very unimpressive. I prefer my calamari in small chunks, battered and fried - this was long chunks, very very lightly battered and fried. It got soggy quickly and I didn't enjoy chewing through large rubbery chunks of squid. He had the rigatoni vitello (veal cheeks) which was very tasty and light, though a touch salty. I had the lobster tagliatelle which came in a larger-than-normal portion. Was also quite flavourful, liberal with the lobster, but a bit heavy with the cream sauce.

Service - very sweet girl who was very attentive and knowledgeable. Very friendly and talkative.

Value - wasn't bad. The pasta was good value but the calamari was not. Next time will try the share platter which, at $20 pp, is very popular as people all around us were ordering it.

Ambiance - absolutely did not enjoy how crowded it was. We were literally 6 inches from the table on the right, and 1 foot from the table on the left. Hated it! Couldn't hear half of what he was saying and just felt like I was sharing my dining experience with two other couples.

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Awesome service
By CoolDiner of North Vancouver, BC (25 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 11:11am [Dine in]

I am more or less a regular for lunch and have been very satisfied at every visit - food is great, staff are attentive, and service is outstanding.

Had lunch with a friend (ok, this was several months ago, but I am a new member of dinehere) once and, in an off-hand, manner mentioned that the lunch seem to taking too long (it wasn't really, but I was in a bit of rush). Anyhow, lunch arrived shortly thereafter and it was great. But imagine my surprise when the management covered the bill. The reason - they had fallen short on their high service standard. I sort of protested and said 'the lunch wasn't exactly late' but, wow I thought, now that is service. And, of course, I continue to have lunch there on a more or less regular basis.

Go there for the food and expect high standards of service and quality - you will not be disappointed.

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Meat balls and ricotta pasta!
By NNN of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 10:30am [Dine in]

Tried Bruschetta sampler and Pasta platter. Both are good sampler to share.
I like the meatball and truflle pasta the most.
Pasta is cooked al dente, which is my preference, but some people might think they are undercooked.

The waitress seemed to care my boyfriend a lot more than she did care me.
She put her hand on his shoulder and talked close to him.
I guess she knew who is paying.

I think Italian Kitchen is a better alternative than Cactus Club.

Interior decoration is modern and nice, but it's very noisy.

The mirrored bathroom was interesting.

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Profit
By Pengdio of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2008 - 12:59am [Dine in]

This is a place that's about the benjamin$. The hostesses will seat you according to your look and the efficient, if cool, service takes over from there. The food is Italian but more Tony Montana than Mamma Mia. By this I mean is that it's very much N.American/expense cheque Italian, often tasy but a little soulless. There are exceptions and that is the spaghetti and Kobe beef meatballs. How this gem got on the menu is a mystery as it's everything a place like this aspires to - audacious, delicious, messy and well served and well priced. The wine list has some aggregious markups, depending on your taste, catering again to the expense accounts but again, you can find some decent offerings there. Still, this is a place to eat, pay and move from and there's very little here that encourages you to linger.

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Little loud, little salty, but....
By rileym of South Surrey (18 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 21, 2011 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

Had dinner here with my wife last weekend, saturday night. Booked with opentable and as usual got a great table, on the window looking down on Alberni.

Maybe because of that, or maybe because of the shrieking girls at a large table around back, it was loud. Not quite "lean in and yell at your date" loud, but you had to make an effort if you want to have a conversation. The music was great, and it wasn't too loud so I couldn't blame it on that.

I found the food to be about on par with what you're getting at other Glowbal restaurants, which is to say quite good. I also thought the service was very professional, and personable. We were very well taken care of.

I had read reviews here prior to dining and was prepared to find things salty. I salt most things when I'm cooking at home and don't really have an issue with it, but I did find the risotto here over-salted. I couldn't even finish it, which was a shame because it was otherwise prepared perfectly. I had no such issues with the appetizers or the sablefish entree my wife had.

The silver lining here is that it left room for the doughnuts, which came out PIPING hot and were delicious.

One final note, they have an Enomatic machine here that they load up with some decent wines. This lets you have a glass of something you'd normally never see available by the glass, like Sassicaia or Mission Hill's Quatrain. The glass might cost 1/2 of what a whole bottle would cost at the liquor store, but if you feel like treating yourself...

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solid, but not exceptional
By vera of southeast vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 7:20pm [Dine in]

The 7 of us made a reservation at 6.30 on a Saturday evening, but not all of us arrived till another 20 minutes later. The restaurant was full and remained full during the two hours we were there. We never got rushed to order or anything at all, which we appreciated. But I reckon that also had to do with the fact that our server was simply too busy to care anyway.

I had the Panzanella salad, with a side of soft polenta Bolognese. I have never had Panzanella salad before, so I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a warm salad, and be so moist (that is, before I blended in the salad dressing). Although it was not what I expected, I quite liked it. The portion was reasonable for the $10 price tag. The polenta ($8) was likely in reasonable portion, but it seemed under-seasoned and a bit bland to me.

My companions enjoyed their food in general - among the food they ordered, there were the fish platter, the spaghetti with 4 pretty big meatballs, the honey mussels appetizer, and the calamari appetizer. I had some bites of the calamari, and was very impressed - they were fried quite perfectly, not greasy, and seasoned just right. Given the $11 price tag, I think it was an excellent deal.

The music in the restaurant was ridiculously loud - we ought to yell in order to barely hear each other.

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doubt we'll go back...
By foodnme of Vancouver, BC (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 15, 2008 - 1:50pm [Dine in]

It was my second time going, I decided to bring my boyfriend since he loves pasta.

The ambiance was great, it was pretty packed for a Sunday evening.

The server was quick to serve us as we haven't even taken off our coats and they were asking if we would like something to drink. I was waiting to hear the Risotto of the day, and wasn't told what it was.

We ordered mussels for appetizer, and half the mussels weren't even opened. We were disappointed with that.
Our pasta was good, but it was something we could have created at home easily. The donuts were recommended for dessert, and it came in 3 small pieces. Very disappointing as my boyfriend is a huge dessert fanatic.

I don't think we will be going back for some time.

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Nice Place, Average Food
By anything19713 of south granville, vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

Went there to celebrate a family dinner and was impressed with everything except the most important part - the food.

It was decent but I guess I would just expecting way more from such a nice place.
Entrees at our table included: Monkfish, Halibut, 2 different pastas, beef carpacio, osso bucco and some others I can't recall. I tried almost every entree and nothing stood out as being great. Most of the entrees needed salt, the monkfish was way overcooked.

Might be a good place for a date in the summer if you sit on the 2nd floor right by the open floor to ceiling windows.

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Bridge and Tunnel crowd
By HeWhoMust of East Van (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 11:25am [Dine in]

Italian kitchen seems to have been designed for the suburban , big hair crowd . Flashy tacky decor . Food that is average at best and bland always . Service is fine but no better than at Anton's or any other suburban pasta place . In fact for the price Anton's is a much better deal as the food is tastier and comes in bigger servings .
Maybe it was an off night but I won't be back soon .

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Italian Kitchen TO-GO
By rvr of Yaletown (19 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 1:37pm [Dine in]

When the little take-out window opened, it looked quite promising... Good menu and reasonably priced for the portions. That lasted for about a month. I grabbed a small container of the tomato-bocconcini salad today and received 3 slices of tomato and 2 slices bocconcini - which basically ended up being this tiny pile in the bottom of the container. I was too shocked to say anything other than "wow is that ever small" (server didn't care that I wasn't happy with it)... and I was too hungry to return it and walk away... But wow - was I ever disappointed...

On another note, beware of the WATER when dining in the restaurant! They offer sparkling or still - but the still water is not free tap water, but an $8+ bottle of some sort of mineral water. And the servers just take it upon themselves to bring additional bottles to the tables without you requesting it. Not much we could do after the fact - but a little mention of the exorbitant price of the water at time of ordering would have been nice to avoid the nasty surprise when the bill arrived!!!!

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Will Definitely come back again...
By Food_taster of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 11:23am [Dine in]

My friend and I visited this restaurant yesterday night for the beginning of Dine Out Event.

Service: Manager/hostess greeted us right away as we walked in, giving us a choice of the downstairs (more chic and bar like atmosphere (louder)) or the upstairs (which was more dining room like). Our server came immediately over. Was very helpful with the menu and offered his recommendations expertly. He really seemed to enjoy his work and serving us. Water was filled all the time!!

Ambiance: It is a lively place with noise but in a nice sort of way. I liked how there was glass on the walls which made the downstairs look more bigger than it really is. The kitchen is a completely open kitchen concept and we saw the action as it unfolded, which was exciting.

Food: The food tastes great. It was great portions too which I really loved. I think you would really get your money's worth here. Beware of the cocktail menu, it's so yummy, you aren't even aware that you've had 3 drinks before your dessert comes. To try at the bar: Dolcemoto, Lemon drop martini, their New Year's special drink with actual 24K gold flakes on top.
Should definitely try the spinach and cacciocavalo canneloni with pommodoro sauce or calamari for appies, Roasted sole with baby lobster tail, chestnuts and italian parsley butter for entree.

Overall, we would come back here for a dinner before a night out of town!

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Won't be around long...
By colbster of Kitsilano, Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 2:19pm [Dine in]

If this restaurant doesn't improve their food, service, or reduce the bloated prices of their wine list, they'll be toast. The room is attractive and the location is great, guaranteeing them a thriving lunch crowd, but the restaurant in general is just not up to snuff. It may be good enough for the plastic surgery'd cougars and idiot, greasy brokers, but it does not do its name justice. I'm sure any italian foody would be insulted that this half-assed trend-fest decided to insult the italian kitchen by taking it's name.

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Solid kitchen
By julienne of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 15, 2007 - 12:56am [Dine in]

I didn't go here expecting the best Italian food in the city, but the Glowbal group definitely knows how to create a vibe in a restaurant. I was pleasantly surprised by the food however, especially considering some of the negative reviews. Top dishes that I tried included the spaghetti with Kobe beef meatballs and the beef carpaccio. Top notch service, and a great looking room, will make me come back.

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