Osteria Savio Volpe opened for about a year so we really wanted to see what the hype was all about. It is located in the Mount Pleasant or Fraserhood area in Vancouver at 615 Kingsway. They claim to be an Italian “casual” dining place. You be the judge on it. See below for interior and food photos.
Apparently this place had a month waitlist so we opted for dinner in a smaller group this time around.
Smaller group = we couldn’t order everything off the menu. 😉
I was impressed how our server explained all the ingredients on the menu in detail. Our water glasses were never empty and plates were changed in a timely manner. We went from having small appetizer plates to larger dinner plates for sharing the food. All the dishes are served family-style so the plates arrived at different times.
They asked if we wanted the food to come out at once and we were hAngry and agreed to get the garlic bread out. When the garlic bread arrived, it was wrapped in tin foil, just like having a home cooked meal.
The bread was good to hold off before the appetizers came out. The garlic bread was the only item that arrived on time and was VERY HOT. They allowed only a two-hour dining time and we were well over the time due to the service level in the kitchen. The bread was fresh out the oven and we had to wait for it to cool down.
We ordered the kale salad and it was surprising refreshing with the right amount of lemon pepper dressing, romano, and pangrattato. It was perfect!
The pastas are made in-house and are good but it’s nothing spectacular. The pasta had flavour in the sauce and meats. We had the tortiglioni, beef braciola, and Sunday sauce. We also ordered the veal chop with a side of potatoes.
We all agreed that the grilled beef liver was cooked to perfection. It also contains charred cabbage, pancetta, and aged balsamic. Highly recommended!
They are known for the off the menu item: the roasted sucking pig. The seasoning and sauce was perfect and it was so Insta-worthy. The roasted pork was great with a fried egg and cracking of the skin on top!
When it got down for dessert, I noticed the words “Beta5” on the dessert menu. Since I am a HUGE fan of Beta5, I quickly suggested the tiramisu sundae to our group. Wanna know more about Beta5? Go read about it here.
The tiramisu sundae includes three Beta5 gelato (espresso, zabaglione and dark chocolate hazelnut), marsala, hazelnuts and underneath contains lady fingers soaked in espresso. It was THE BEST! I really liked the dark chocolate hazelnut gelato.
Dark chocolate, hazelnut, and gelato = A BIG YES!
They do change the menu often and it didn’t meet our expectations this time around. They also were listed as the #10 Canada’s new restaurant from Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. Perhaps next time will be better?
However, we wanted to end the evening on a high note so decided to pay another visit to Kissa Tanto. They were listed at #1 as Canada’s new restaurant from Air Canada’s enRoute magazine this year. I would have to FULLY AGREE. You can read about that second adventure here. 🙂