Cuisine type

  • Italian,


  • Pasta,

Products and Services

  • Brunch,
  • Lunch,
  • Dinner,
  • Alcohol,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
305 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1C4
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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Guests of Ask For Luigi may be surprised to learn the bustling Italian eatery does not take reservations. Situated on a quiet Railtown corner, the quaint restaurant known for producing delicious handmade pasta, among other things, seats customers as they arrive — and that’s that.

“We could be booked for months in advance, with no room on the waitlist, but that’s not for us,” says general manager Matthew Morgenstern. Instead, those eager for a table must arrive promptly at 5:30 pm. “Or else they wait at home, or have a drink nearby, and we send a text when it’s ready,” says Matthew, alluding to the cherished tradition of a mother calling her children for dinner.

When combined with family-style dishes and an eclectic interior – which includes just 32 seats at near-touching tables, and hanging jungle-like plants – such an unfussy dining experience may transport diners to the intimate kitchen of a loved one, or friend-of-a-friend. “We want our customers to feel as if they’ve wandered the streets of Italy and into someone’s home. As in, ‘go there, and ask for Luigi’,” says Matthew.

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I can cook all that pasta at home in 25 min. totally absurd overhyped restaurant what is by accident on list ....that here is a little mini pasta restaurant where nothing else besides the pasta taste good...appy and desserts are really bad , the wine list a joke .... ...in italy you have 10.000 pasta restaurants way better

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 2/5
Service: 3/5
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Hate the wait but love the food. If you come at 10pm on a Saturday still a 10 minutes wait. I have been here a couple of times before and always excellent. The meatballs in tomato sauce just amazing. We had the zucchini and rabbit pasta dishes and both so good. Cooked just al dente, good amount of flavour and just enough coating of sauce. Very good selection of by glass or bottle wines.

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Prosecco on tap? Yes, please. This Italian eatery has been wining over critics’ hearts and palates since it opened on a cozy Railtown corner back in 2013. The food menu features fresh, house-made pasta, antipasti and dessert, with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Thirsty? The drinks menu highlights the Italian tradition of the aperitivo and the post-meal grappa, plus a tightly edited wine list and house red and white on tap.

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