Monday – Thursday, 11:30am – 10pm | Friday, 11.30am – 11pm
Saturday, 10am – 11pm | Sunday, 10am – 9pm
Owner – Michael Parker
General Manager – Gino Herring
Head Chef – Jesse Jobin
Sous Chef – David Zhou
Wine Director – Cassandra Mosher
Sprezzatura, a new casual Italian restaurant has officially opened its doors at 265 Kingsway, the heart of Vancouver’s foodie corridor. The Sophie Burke designed space combines the relaxed atmosphere of a London gastropub with a neighbourhood casual menu, focussing on an authentic selection of pizzas, roasts, and antipastis.
Prepared in the true Neapolitan style, all Sprezzatura pizzas are made with “Verace Pizza Napoletana” dough, certified by their in-house VPN pizzaiolo. This highly specialized flour must pass a rigorous 100 hour fermentation process, and is designed for high heat only, necessitating a custom designed 900-degree oven. This time-honoured technique uniquely roasts the toppings from the top down, while preventing the underside from being overcooked, resulting in an unrivalled crust that is both crispy and mouth-wateringly soft. It’s the pride and joy of owner Michael Parker, who encourages customers to fold the pizza in half or even eat it with a knife and fork, as they do in the southern regions of Italy.
Beyond pizza, the menu focusses on simple classics like the roasted chicken and braised wagyu, seared then roasted to perfection in the deck oven. A variety of antipasti is also on offer, always locally sourced, and always striving to be delicious yet unpretentious.
On tap are a range of perfectly chilled local craft beers, cider and wines as well as a selection of refreshing Italian cocktails. The short and punchy wine list has been designed by the in-house sommelier and features a balance of BC and Italian wines available by the bottle and the glass.
The launch of Sprezzatura represents a homecoming for Parker, whose 26 years in the restaurant business have recently come full circle – from his early days at Il Giardino to the top gastropubs of London and finally a sojourn to Positano, Italy, where he was inspired by a visit to the famed Costantino’s.
“That trip was where I fell in love with Italian food,” Parker recalls. “It was a family-run restaurant with no frills, just great locally sourced food. And the room was beautifully put together without calling attention to itself. That’s the experience we want to recreate here in Vancouver.”
The Globe and Mail, October 2019 — “It’s a big, beautifully designed space with soaring ceilings, weathered checker floors and industrial metal accents. And the concept is cool – London gastropub meets outdoor Italian kitchen. Authentic Neapolitan pizza with soft, soupy centres are tossed in an open kitchen. Cold starters and antipasti are prepared at another open counter in the café side. Rather than offering pasta, a large portion of the menu is devoted to affordably priced roasts, including a succulently tender, stout-braised wagyu.” ~ Alexandra Gill
Vancouver Foodster, October 2019 — ”You will find a full on espresso bar, wines by the glass or bottle, along with some local craft brews and popular Italian cocktails to accompany your meal at this Mount Pleasant gem.” ~ Richard Wolak
Vancouversacape, August 2019 — “Sprezzatura is a welcome addition to the Mount Pleasant dining scene.” ~ Ariane Colenbrander
Georgia Straight, July 2019 — “Beautifully designed restaurants are harder to find in Vancouver, and when you do stumble into one, its menu items usually come with a steep price tag. Cue Sprezzatura, a new casual Italian dining establishment in the heart of Mount Pleasant (265 Kingsway) that doesn’t fit the mould of high-end eateries. For starters, the spacious restaurant was designed by Sophie Burke, an award-winning Vancouver-based designer (TurF and Our Town Café). She’s turned the space into a laid-back joint with London gastropub vibes, complete with faded checkered flooring, mixed lighting fixtures, white-tile backsplash, and industrial elements like wood and metal.” ~ Tammy Kwan
Curiocity, July 2019 — “Translating to ‘studied carelessness’, Sprezzatura is all about casual and delicious Italian fare. Obviously try out their pizza, but we also recommend checking out some antipasti and their dessert menu, too.” ~ Curiocity Vancouver