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One of Vancouver's best kept secrets!

When we say that La Piazza Dario has some history, we mean it! Our restaurant has been in business for over 40 years, having opened its doors in 1977 alongside the Italian Cultural Centre in East Vancouver. Two years after La Piazza Dario opened, a young Claudio Ranallo joined the culinary team, instantly adding his warm, personal touch to each plate of food that he lovingly prepared. 

Not long after he began his tenure with La Piazza Dario, Claudio became Head Chef Claudio, and just five years later, in 1984, he was made a partner in the business.

Since then, La Piazza Dario has become somewhat of an institution, consistently offering delicious, authentic Italian cuisine for the city of Vancouver. It is now a family-owned and operated restaurant; one that continues to pride itself on serving exceptional Italian meals and warmly welcoming lunch and dinner parties of all size to its tables. 

At La Piazza Dario, you will find that each of our dishes are inspired by classic Italian food and ingredients. This is the way it has always been done. Our menus continue to be comprised of traditional Italian selections such as antipasti, pastas, Italian desserts and more. If you love Italian food and have yet to visit us for a meal, you will not be disappointed!

Authentic Italian cooking rooted in the traditions of Italy and family.

For the East Vancouver Italian restaurant, La Piazza Dario, it isn’t just about bringing great, authentic Italian food to the neighbourhood (although it is about those things), it’s about family.

Born in Ateleta, l’Aquila, Italy, La Piazza Dario’s Head Chef, Claudio Ranallo, has been cooking since he was a small boy in Italy. Claudio grew up raising animals, herding sheep throughout the vast mountains of Ateleta. Growing up with such a close relationship to animals, Claudio appreciated from a very young age the meaning of quality and fine food. 

Learning to cook alongside his father, who was also a chef, food has always been a family affair. The lessons and traditions that were ingrained in Claudio from his father have stayed with him throughout his entire life, apparent with each bite of every dish served at La Piazza Dario. It is truly a restaurant rooted in Italian tradition and family.

Claudio went on to become a culinary arts student at Cesare Augusto Hotel in Sorrento, Italy at the age of 15, and in post culinary arts school, he became a member of the Italian army where he was chosen to cook for many of the well-known generals.

When Claudio was finished serving the army, he became a chef in northern Italy in an area known as Lago Maggiore. Here, Claudio worked with some very well-known Italian chefs who helped cultivate his knowledge of authentic Italian food.

It was not until 1979 that Claudio and his parents came to Canada, a move that was made in order to be with their extended family. It was then that Claudio began working at La Piazza Dario. It wasn’t long before he was made Head Chef. 

Five years later, Claudio became a partner in the business and this April will mark the 42nd year since Claudio began creating the authentic Italian food that La Piazza Dario is so well known for.

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