East­side Ital­ians

Where Vancouver - - Dining -

Two pop­u­lar rooms are tes­ta­ment to Van­cou­ver’s for­mi­da­ble Ital­ian com­mu­nity. A few min­utes from down­town, bustling Savio Volpe (page 70) is a con­tem­po­rary os­te­ria. Served un­der its soar­ing ceil­ing are vegetable crudo with a hot an­chovy-gar­lic “fon­due;” chopped baby kale and ro­mano salad with lemon-pep­per dress­ing; house-made chicken-and-pork ag­nolotti; and a half chicken from the wood-fired grill. Fur­ther east, ad­ja­cent to the Ital­ian Cul­tural Cen­tre, La Pi­azza Dario (page 70) is a clas­sic fine din­ing room with a wel­com­ing Floren­tine feel. Myr­iad main­stays roam from lin­guine di mare to veal scalop­pine al marsala to freerange chicken with gor­gonzola sauce. The wine list spans the globe but has solid Ital­ian depth.

At Savio Volpe, food di­rec­tor Mark Per­rier and ex­ec­u­tive chef Melanie Witt present (clock­wise from left) broc­col­ini, bor­lotti beans, chico­ria with galiano plum, fet­tuc­cine in­te­grale, corzetti with tomato po­modoro, and rose­mary chicken

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