At the heart of The Drive is an eight-block stretch officially designated as Historic Little Italy

This cultural hub, four blocks north and four blocks south of 1st Avenue, features a number of Italian-influenced restaurants, tailor shops, shoe stores, delicatessens, espresso coffee bars, and other businesses selling Italian goods.

After the Second World War, Commercial Drive became the destination of choice for Italian immigrants. Ethic Italian residents and business owners were the dominant influence in this area and were credited with revitalizing the community. 

In recognition of the Italian cultural heritage, the City of Vancouver formally recognized and designated this portion of Commercial Drive as Little Italy.

Today, this historic neighbourhood with over 70 years of Italian heritage remains at the heart of one of Vancouver’s most unique and vibrant districts.