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