We are open for dining inside and on our heated Garden Patio. We take reservations by phone only from Wednesday to Sunday, and are available for calls starting at 2:30pm.
*Due to the busy summer season, 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.

Dinner Hours:

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

Call: 250-380-0088


*Please proceed to our Superior Street entrance for dining reservations.
*As per the BC Restart Plan for Phase 3:
– Masks are now recommended for indoor public spaces. Our staff will be continuing to wear masks until all our team has had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated. Therefore masks are still required to wear while walking through the restaurant as we want to keep both our team and guests taken care during this time.
– Socializing between tables is still not permitted.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this next phase!


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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!