Photos: Knauf & Brown
Andrea Alridge – Head Chef
Romano Castillo – Service Director
Kristi Linneboe – Wine Director
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.