Welcome to Caffe Rustico
In 2006, after 30 years of various jobs and projects involving restaurants, clubs and establishments, Mario chose Vancouver’s vibrant Main Street as the location for his new love—Caffe Rustico. When asked why Main and 16th Avenue seemed like a great spot in a city ripe with perfect locations, Mario claims that it’s his love for the locals. This local flavor, this feeling of authenticity and community, characterizes both the caffe and its daily inhabitants.
Caffe Rustico is far from the ordinary coffee shop because, as Mario points out, he goes there to have fun, not work. The atmosphere is conversational, comfortable and filled with delicious drinks and food. Mario’s regular bursts of Italian expressions mix with regular and first-time customers, who are always pleased with the welcoming vibe. The caffe features an outdoor patio, free wi-fi, a large menu of authentic Italian cuisine and comfortable amenities. Language groups meet up for practice, students sip delicious coffee while working, friends catch up, and children often ask for one of Rustico’s many delicious treats.
Pastas, Pizzas, Panini, Biscotti, frappes, ice cream, giant cookies and gourmet coffee—you will find these all at Caffe Rustico. And much more. “My customers, the atmosphere, the food–everyday is enjoyable and inspires me and my staff,” says Mario. “This makes it hard to quit at night!”
Mario’s love of food, drink and atmosphere comes from his picturesque upbringing in Italy—from the frenzied caffes of Rome to the quiet charms of the rustic countryside.
Mario’s “education” was authentic and wholesome. Like his famed double espresso, Mario draws inspiration from what he calls his “double life.” Born in the capital city, Mario was surrounded with the cuisine and excitement of the renowned Italian culture from day 1. Yet he also resided at a nearby bucolic farm, where he lived and breathed the farmer’s life. Thus, whether it was living a young man’s dreams in the streets of Rome or discovering Italy’s pastoral lands, Mario’s education was rich in culture and strong in taste.
Luckily for Canada, Mario fell in love in Rome (who doesn’t?) and then made his way to Vancouver as a young, ambitious man. He has been here since—and has brought Italy with him.