About every other weekend, Barb and I go shopping in Chinatown for Asian ingredients. On one of our trips, Barb introduced me to Tosi and Company (624 Main), one of the last remaining Italian businesses in Chinatown and a hidden jewel.
The shop is like a time machine as so wonderfully described in this article in the Vancouver Courier but happily the food is not. It's the real thing: excellent Italian pasta, cheese and meat at good prices. And yes the service can be eccentric and gruff but somehow it's endearing rather than annoying. Highly recommended especially if you are looking for Italian supplies and you don't want to make the trek to Burnaby or Commercial Drive.