Giardino Restaurant in Vancouver, BC has been recognized as a DiRoNA Awarded restaurant since 2017!

Giardino Experience – Umberto Menghi’s classic, signature Tuscan and Mediterranean cuisine makes a highly anticipated return to Vancouver.

Celebrate a culinary journey through Italy with Umberto Menghi’s re-entry into the heart of Vancouver and the opening of Giardino Restaurant. The Tuscan-inspired restaurant, located on Hornby Street, is just steps away from the beloved Il Giardino.

With vaulted ceilings, wooden beams, Tuscan tiles, and hand-painted artwork, the space is designed to symbolize the granaries of old and how they represent the storage of food, where every grain is sacred and protected. Upon stepping inside, you will be transported to Tuscany and the Mediterranean.

With a Florentine-styled courtyard and sidewalk patio that graces the front of the restaurant, Giardino carries guests through a traditional Tuscan adventure by experiencing the bold and rich flavours the Italian region is famous for. In addition, the space echoes the beauty of Tuscany, Italy, with warm earth colours and beautiful wooden beams that line the ceiling. The outdoor garden patio features fresh seasonal flowers and lush greens.

Umberto Menghi, born in Pontedera, Tuscany. Umberto was sixteen years old when he enrolled in a hotel school in Rome, beginning a life-long commitment to food and the world of great restaurants. After more training in London and Paris, he moved to Canada in 1967 and headed west in 1969. In Vancouver, he noted the absence of authentic Italian cooking and determined to do something about it.


In 1973, from a yellow house on the fringe of downtown Vancouver, Umberto started a restaurant revolution with his fresh, authoritative food. He now owns three popular restaurants in Vancouver and the ski resort of Whistler; Il Giardino, Il Caminetto, and Trattoria di Umberto. In addition to authoring 5 best-selling cookbooks featuring hundreds of authentic recipes from his homeland, Umberto has also hosted a popular cooking show “The Elegant Appetite” which has made him a familiar face across Canada.