The Best Italian Restaurants in Whistler

Whistler, Canada, has many exquisite restaurants
Whistler, Canada, has many exquisite restaurants | © David Buzzard / Alamy Stock Photo
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30 September 2020

Whistler’s culinary offerings are as diverse as its visitors, who come from all over the globe for some top-class skiing. Nothing warms quite like great Italian food after a chilly day on the mountain. Here are the best Italian restaurants in this western Canadian resort to get your pasta or pizza fix.

Upscale and locally inspired dishes at Il Caminetto

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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The white tablecloths at Il Caminetto tell you immediately that this is a high-end Italian restaurant, and it’s the best in Whistler, sourcing local ingredients to craft dishes that are as beautiful to look at as they are to savor. The menu evolves with the seasons, but you can always count on fresh pasta, made daily in-house, and an expertly curated wine list. A prix-fixe tasting menu is available in addition to the à la carte options.

Noodles on-the-go at Pasta Lupino

Deli, Restaurant, Italian
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Part casual eatery, part Italian deli, and all fresh and made in-house – whether you’re looking for a sure-to-satisfy takeout meal or want to pick up a few things for your kitchen, Pasta Lupino’s got you covered. Build your own pasta bowl, selecting your noodle type, sauce and any add-ons, such as handmade meatballs, roasted veggies or Italian sausage. Can’t make up your mind? Go with the local favorite: chicken parmigiana, topped with homemade tomato basil sauce and spooned over radiatori pasta.

Simple, heart-warming Italian fare at La Bocca

Brasserie, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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La bocca, an Italian bar /restaurant in Village Stroll off Whistler village square, eatery, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, Whistler travel, Canad
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Grab a seat in the heart of Whistler Village, and watch the world go by with a meal at La Bocca. The no-fuss menu features pretty much every go-to Italian dish you can think of, from beef carpaccio and arancini as your starters to a variety of classic pasta dishes. The food will sate you just fine, but the real draw is the large patio that hugs the Village Stroll, heated in the winter and sun-drenched in the summer. La Bocca is also a top spot to grab brunch.

Elevated classics at Quattro Whistler

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Cozy up in the Venetian-influenced dining room of Quattro, at the Pinnacle Hotel, with its warm wood furnishings, colorful tiled flooring, soft lighting (think silk chandeliers) and crackling fireplaces. Don’t expect to find any basic spaghetti and meatballs here; the menu is inspired, featuring pasta dishes such as fusilli with local mushrooms and truffle cream or house-made potato gnocchi with San Marzano tomatoes. Main dishes range from local fish to Cornish hen and an 80oz (2,268g) beef fillet. Wine enthusiasts will appreciate the thoughtful list with both local and international options.

The best wood-fired pizza in town at Pizzeria Antico

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Come for the only Neapolitan pizza in Whistler, then linger for the hip, rustic atmosphere of Pizzeria Antico, complete with craft beer on tap plus local cider and wine from British Columbia. They offer pretty much every pizza combination you can think of here, ranging from a veggie-friendly traditional Margherita to a triple-meat option. They also have a list with salad and starters if you’re after something lighter, as well as four pasta dishes for good measure.

Mediterranean-style tapas at Caramba Restaurant

Restaurant, Pizzeria, Italian, $$$
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Don’t miss ‘Tappy Hour’ at Caramba, when you can choose three tapas plates for just CA$20 (£12). Drawing inspiration from Italy and Spain, they offer classic Spanish small plates such as patatas bravas (potatoes with a spicy sauce) and pan con tomate (toasted bread with tomato, garlic, oil and salt) alongside braised meatballs and Margherita pizzas. A bit random, sure, but pair it with Wine Wednesday, with glasses for CA$7 (£4) and selected half-price bottles, and you won’t be thinking too much about it. Instead, you’ll simply be enjoying a quick bite that’s easy on the wallet.

These recommendations were updated on September 30, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.