We take dinner reservations by phone only from Wednesday to Sunday, and are available for calls starting at 2:30pm.

We do experience a high volume of calls, especially on Wednesdays as we are closed on Monday and Tuesday. We answer all our calls in the order they are received and very much appreciate your patience. We look forward to providing a memorable dining experience with us!
*We are unable to accommodate take-out orders during this time.


Victoria’s Authentic Italian Restaurant


Best Italian restaurants in Victoria


Ospitalità Italiana was created to promote authentic Italian restaurants around the world which guarantees the quality and standards of Italian hospitality.
Il Covo Trattoria is honoured to be awarded by the Italian Chamber of Commerce the Ospitalità Italiana seal certifying us as a truly authentic Italian restaurant.


Il Covo Trattoria is ranked in the top
10% of restaurants worldwide.



Dinner Hours:

Wednesday ~ Sunday from 5:00pm
Reservations are recommended.

Call: 250-380-0088


We will be open  Monday, February 14th for Valentine’s Day Dinner!

We are now taking bookings, please call directly for reservations as there will be 3 seatings for the evening.
We’ll be be offering romantic specials along with our regular menu.



*Please proceed to our Superior Street entrance for dining reservations.
*As per the Provincial Health Order:
~masks are mandatory to be worn while not seated indoors.
~all guests must now be fully vaccinated to enter the restaurant with proof of vaccination and government issued ID.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this time.


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We have implemented safety procedures and protocols which includes enhanced practises to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all our guests and staff.

  • enhanced safety and sanitization training protocols for all staff members including heightened hand washing procedures.
  • hands-free soap in washrooms and sanitizer dispensers throughout the restaurant for guests and staff.
  • increased high touch surfaces sanitization throughout the restaurant.
  • enhanced cleaning and sanitization before and after closing along with professional cleaning each morning.
  • enhanced cleaning protocols for all common areas, surfaces, washrooms and dining tables/chairs throughout the evening by designated staff members.



As we navigate through a new system for all of us, we thank you for your understanding and patience. We are grateful to be able to continue to provide a memorable, enjoyable and safe experience for all our valued guests. We look forward to seeing you all again. Grazie mille!


Trattoria – “an Italian style eating establishment serving classic home-cooked Italian cuisine in a warm and welcoming neighborhood atmosphere” – Located in historic James Bay steps from the Inner Harbour in a 100 year old heritage building, Il Covo Trattoria opened in June 2014, is family run and authentically Italian.

Enjoy casual, rustic Italian food and feel like you’ve walked in off the street in Italy into a warm old world trattoria. The owner hailing from Genova Italy, started serving flavors of Italy in Victoria since 1999. At Il Covo Trattoria, the menu consists of family recipes and northern Italian classics offering freshly made in-house traditional cuisine.

Daily features are chosen from all regions of Italy…depending on the passionate inspiration of the Chef and kitchen that day! You’ll enjoy house-made pastas, focaccia bread, classic desserts, traditional dishes, antipasti and more. With attention to detail, each signature dish is beautifully presented using fresh, locally sourced seasonal ingredients, along with herbs and edible flowers that are seasonally grown in the restaurant garden.

Enjoy an Italian family dining experience with our popular ‘Family style’ 4 course dinner that our Chef chooses nightly and are shared courses served traditionally Famiglia style.

Behind the bar is an offering of classic Italian beverages and creative craft cocktails with a focus on the season, along with a selection from local distilleries and breweries. The thoughtful wine list features Italian, international and BC wineries.

During the warmer season enjoy dining al fresco in the popular Italian inspired garden patio.
Il Covo is a memorable and truly authentic Italian dining experience perfect for special occasions, intimate dinner dates or parties.

Come and enjoy a taste of Italy!
Buon Appetito!