Savio Volpe Celebrates Milestone & Accolade With Italian Earthquake Relief Fund


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Vancouver, BC | Osteria Savio Volpe is extending a dinner invitation to ‘friends, family and strangers alike’ on Tuesday, Nov. 15 as it celebrates not one, but two big milestones: its first anniversary and recent accolade as one of enRoute’s Best New Restaurants in Canada.

The Italian taverna-inspired neighbourhood joint, which opened its doors last November, was honoured last week with 10th place on enRoute’s 2016 list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants, an annual competition judged by a national panel of culinary and hospitality industry leaders and experts. Savio Volpe was one of only 36 restaurants across Canada — and nine in BC — to be shortlisted for the prestigious award.

To celebrate both achievements, Savio Volpe is giving thanks to its guests, while also giving back. During a special anniversary evening on Nov. 15, a complimentary, celebratory glass of Prosecco will be offered upon arrival, while the kitchen will be cooking a special Umbrian dish, Strangozzi Al Tartufo Nero, or fresh, handmade pasta with black truffles. One hundred percent of proceeds from the sale of each strangozzi will be donated to The Central Italy Earthquake Relief Fund (CIERF), which offers support to the Italian communities hardest hit by the recent earthquakes.


“We travelled to Umbria this past August just before the first earthquake and were blown away by the warmth of the people and the richness of the history and culture,” says Savio Volpe Co-owner Craig Stanghetta. “Having made friends in the region over memorable meals (like the traditional strangozzi we learned to make there), we were compelled to contribute in some small way — to show our gratitude for a truly life-changing experience.”

Savio Volpe is a partnership between Paul Grunberg (co-owner of Gastown’s award winning L’Abattoir, with previous management positions held at such Vancouver institutions as Chambar, Market by Jean-Georges, and Bao Bei); Stanghetta (principal at Ste Marie, the studio responsible for the design of a number of acclaimed rooms, including Homer Street Café, Ask for Luigi, Meat & Bread and Bao Bei); and Mark Perrier (previously executive chef at CinCin Ristorante + Bar, sous chef at Cibo Trattoria and chef de partie poissonnier at Le Gavroche in London after apprenticing under distinguished local chef David Hawksworth at West.)

“This is a really special occasion for all of us at Savio Volpe, not only to celebrate earning a spot on enRoute’s list but more importantly, to raise a glass to our first year in this incredibly welcoming neighbourhood,” says Grunberg. “We are extremely honoured and humbled by both accomplishments — this has been a labour of love and we wholeheartedly thank all of our friends, families and loyal guests for their support, not to mention our incredibly dedicated team — the entire extended Savio family — for their tireless efforts over the past year.”



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Dinner service seven days a week | Sunday to Wednesday, 5pm to 10pm | Thursday to Saturday, 5pm to 10:30pm


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Paul Grunberg, Partner
Craig Stanghetta, Partner
Mark Perrier, Partner & Executive Chef
Derek Gray, Head Chef
Melanie Witt, Pasta Cook
General Manager, Miguel Quezada

ABOUT Savio Volpe


Osteria Savio Volpe is a neighbourhood joint. A place that is comfortable for families, friends, and strangers alike, any day of the week; where the food is cooked in its simplest most flavourful way (often over fire or coal); where guests can get a good square meal, una bella mangiata, and a glass of Lambrusco and be on their way without lightening their pockets too much. In other words, an osteria: the Italian predecessor to the public house. The team’s motto is viva la convivialità – long live friendship, affection and hospitality.

Firmly rooted in the Italian tradition of simplicity and freshness, Osteria Savio Volpe’s menu features plenty of fresh, handmade pastas; heavy use of the wood fire grill and spit; and a rotating selection of homemade and artisanal cookies, pastries and gelato. Never fussy, complicated or challenging; always tasty.

Inevitably, Osteria Savio Volpe’s version of Italian will be flavoured by as much of what is grown and sourced right here in the lower mainland and its environs: this is Vancouver Italian. The team also believes that no table should go without wine! The all-Italian wine list is accessible and fun without being shy to explore a less predictable region or varietal from time to time. One will find no fussy cocktails here: simply a spritz, a Negroni and some nice house-made Italian sodas with no / low alcohol.

Simple and somewhat contemporary, classic and light-hearted, reminiscent of a traditional osteria with wicker, wood, and natural stone figuring quite prominently.

A sense of play and sprezzatura is represented in the use of irreverent fabrics and Italian Modernist-inspired lighting. In lieu of a more conventional bar, a center console reminiscent of a kitchen island pays homage to the nerve centre of any great dinner party at home. More than anything, Osteria Savio Volpe is warm and inviting – a place guests would want to walk into out of the rain.

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