About Us

Our History


At Zara’s Italian Deli we’ve been offering up a colourful and creative range of fresh pastas, sauces, olives and assorted antipasti for over twenty years. In addition to our fresh food offerings, we have a well-stocked Mediterranean pantry that includes an extensive collection of international olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, and premium quality dry pastas. Everything you need to eat well at home!
Zara’s Italian Deli was established by my parents, Giovanni and Luisa Zara, in 1987 at the Granville Island Public Market. In addition to the deli, my parents launched Zara’s Pasta Production in 1994. Still, under the watchful eye of my Dad, this is where all of our fresh pastas and sauces are made. Today, Zara’s Italian Deli is managed by my wife Harmony and myself. The Market and the deli hold a special place in the hearts of my wife and I. It is where we met, fell in love, and now work together to carry on and share my family’s love of food with our valued clientele, both local and international.
If you’re looking for inspiration, advice, or just the comfort of simple Italian fare, I invite you to come on down to Zara’s Italian Deli at the Granville Island Public Market, say “ciao” and let us help you take home a little piece of Italy! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Loris Zara