New Italian Restaurant ‘Tutto’ Opening Soon

There’s a new Italian restaurant in the works on the main floor of the four-storey brick heritage building at 901 Homer Street. Named “Tutto” – Italian for “all” or “everything” – the 180-seater is aiming for a mid-summer opening.

I looked inside for the first time yesterday afternoon. The 6,000 sqft space – owned by luxury condo developer Michael DeCotiis (Pinnacle International) – has been in the renovating works for about a year. It’s a multi-zoned restaurant with interconnected, semi-private rooms on a platform overlooking Homer Street; a huge, 18-seat flat-sided oval bar; built-in wine shelves everywhere; big booths marking corners; a sprawling dining room with gorgeous windows; and a massive open kitchen armed with a pizza oven. It looks to be fully framed in and nearly ready for setting and finishing touches.

It’s definitely an interesting/promising address for a hospitality project. To situate you, it’s kitty-corner to the popular Homer St. Cafe & Bar, opposite The Social Corner, within a stone’s throw of Yaletown’s promenades, and just far enough from the shitshow of Granville. The old (1910) brick bones of the corner building certainly give it a leg up with character, and the entrance feels a little Narnia-like, if instead of a wardrobe there were steps through a threshold of wine cabinetry.

Tutto has hired well, bringing in BC Restaurant Hall of Famer Patrick Corsi (ex-Quattro) to run operations and Andrea Vescovi (ex-Ancora) to be the GM. Chef Adam Shaughnessy – a veteran of Umberto Menghi’s restaurants – will run the kitchen, which plans to plate both lunch and dinner services.

In discussing the scope of the concept in shorthand (comparing it to other restaurants of note in Vancouver’s dining scene), Vescovi and I narrowed it down to the kind of refined but casual experience one gets at Chambar with the cuisine of a modern Italian restaurant that is steeped in the classics. As the name suggest, the food won’t be regionally specific but rather encompass tutto — all of Italy.

They’re looking to a mid-July launch if all goes well with the final stages of construction. Obviously, Covid-19 isn’t making things easy for them and they’ll have to open with far fewer seats and a completely different floor plan, but I appreciate that they’re already looking around the corner, so to speak. I’ll have more on Tutto as it develops. In the meantime, take a look inside…


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There are 11 comments

  1. Looks amazing! I can smell the pasta and the vino from here! Where do I apply?

  2. My sister got married in that art gallery ten years ago! They are passionate about Italian food, so this is going to be dear to them.

    I fact, everywhere was shut down during their anniversary – it looks like they should wait until July to celebrate it!

  3. Can’t wait to go here.

    Patrick is from a great family of restaurant operators!

  4. Hey Ian,

    What a shitty thing to say, for no other reason than to be a jerk for sport. Pat yourself on the back.

  5. Pretty stoked about this. My office is about 25’ from there and oh, it’s my fave food!
    Thank you neighbour!!!

  6. I live across the street and can see the place from my townhouse. Can’t wait for it tonopen

  7. Vancouver diners are fortunate to have such a talented group of experienced industry heavyweights come together to provide, what one can only expect, an exceptional dining experience!

    In a city that is increasingly being taken over by big chain restaurants due to the cost of real estate, this new location will be a welcome addition.

    I look forward to enjoying many exceptional meals in this beautiful location.

  8. We had a wonderful lunch there today . The Cesar salad was excellent and the tuna crudo with 3 dips was fresh, flavourful and served at perfect temperature . The sparkly rose paired well with lunch but then the new GM from Ancora always picked great wines when we dined at Ancora. We’re heading back for dinner on Wednesday and really looking forward to it !

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