Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill

Italian in Yaletown & Granville Island

Not your standard Italian joint, this elevated Mediterranean eatery deploys the cucina naturale approach, revealing the delicate natural flavors of a range of regionally sourced ingredients. The warm wood and terra-cotta interior is the perfect surrounding for dipping into fine dishes tweaked with Italian flourishes; try the saffron-lemon gnocchi or classic lobster linguine.

There's also a great wine list at your disposal here, with lots of rare vintages to keep your credit card fully deployed. In summer aim for a spot on the patio; there's often less noise from conversations than inside.