Caffe La Tana, Italian grocer and coffee shop next to Pepino’s, opens this week


This spring, just a few months after the legendary Nick’s Spaghetti house closed after decades, the restaurant crew behind Vancouver’s popular Savio Volpe took over the space and it was reborn as Pepino’s.

With this good news came word they were also planning a sibling spot next door, the casual coffee spot Caffe La Tana.

Calling La Tana a “diminutive alimentari & caffè,” the space has been a work in progress on the heels of Pepino’s debut, but now they’ve revealed they will open the doors on Tuesday, October 9.

“Alimentari” essentially translates to “foodstuffs,” and is used to describe a grocer’s shop.

The team has been fairly tight lipped about what to expect at Caffe La Tana (their Instagram is basically a mood board of vintage chic Italiana) but they’ve been hiring “baristas with specialty coffee experience, cashiers and food runners with a passion for Italian fine foods and culture,” according to a job listing–which tells us they’ll have a focus on coffee service, a menu of sit-down eats, and other goodies in stock.

Looks like we can expect a highly-stylized space with a carefully curated vibe meant to evoke Italy in the sixties–and espresso, baked goods, and casual fare.

Caffe La Tana is located at 635 Commercial Drive in Vancouver.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom