OUR COMMUNITY VALUES
MAKE ‘EM LAUGH
As first-generation Canadian-Italians, we learned how to bring ‘home-make’ recipes from our parents, Great Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles, to our customers. ‘Home-make’ is our slang for ‘homemade’ and it's what you’ll get every day at Nat’s - delicious, made-with-love, authentic Italian cooking.
We genuinely love what we do, our customers and our community.
Our goal is to make you feel welcome. We’ve also been known to share a joke or two and/or do something to make you laugh.
Early in our history, we partnered with the BC Lions, Vancouver Canucks and the Vancouver Whitecaps to offer tickets to youth-at-risk and youth. These programs were discontinued a number of years ago but it's how we got our start in community-building.
In 1996, we established a Theatre and Arts Scholarship at Kitsilano Secondary School. Every year since, the Theatre and Arts Scholarship has been awarded to two students selected by Theatre and Arts faculty.
In 2000, we began our 10-year partnership with Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland to support their mission of enabling life changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential in girls, non-binary, transgender and gender-diverse youth. From sponsoring matches to supporting fundraising events and hosting events like Mamma Rosa’s famous pasta-making workshops and boat trips to Bowen Island, we immersed ourselves in every aspect of the agency’s goals.
In 2003, Nat and his wife Deb, established a non-profit foundation for childhood cancer research in honour of Nat’s father, Giovanni, who passed in 1988 from lung cancer. Giovanni was deeply impacted by the children he met in the hospital who were also undergoing treatment. We were able to rally our community for 7 years to join us in supporting fundraising events to benefit the Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program at BC Children’s Hospital. All-tolled, the Giovanni Bastone Foundation raised $350,000+ for cancer research.
Today, we continue to support small, local non-profits including Vancouver College’s Mounties Baseball team’s Player of the Week award and Kitsilano Secondary School’s Athlete of the Month award.