We headed to Savio Volpe for an early holiday dinner with the family. Since we had over 6 people, we had to order the family-style dinner for $55 per person. I’ve heard lots about Savio Volpe and I’ve been very curious, so by trying the family-style dinner, we would trying a majority of the dishes here, which I didn’t mind at all.
In the evening, the dining room is dimly lit and it has a very cozy atmosphere.
We sat at the rear of the restaurant, so we had a fun time watching them in the kitchen cook away.
As our starters arrived, we got some ridiculously long breadsticks. We actually had a lot of fun eating these.
Prosciutto di Parma, apple, and Grana
This dish has our first appetizer. A simple dish, but the simple ingredients are paired well together. The salty and sweet combination works.
White anchovy, leeks, soft boiled egg, olives
This dish was interesting and we all felt like the mayo on the base of this dish was too much. It was so creamy and thick that it over powered the other ingredients.
Kale, lemon pepper dressing, romano, pangrattato
The salads started arriving and this was my favourite. If you need to order a salad, this is pretty damn tasty. Highly recommended.
Farro, squash, chickpeas, dates, pine nuts, ricotta salata
There is a lot of good textures in this dish. Very hearty and filling dish.
Mezzaluna, ricotta, wild mushrooms
The mushrooms in this dish was delicious. The pasta itself was ok, but nothing exciting.
Cavatelli with brussel sprouts and pangratatto
The cavatelli was pretty hard in texture and we all thought it was pretty mediocre.
Roast Suckling Pig
A beautiful dish with salsa verde, pork belly, egg and crackling. Beautiful presentation but I felt the suckling pig was a bit tough and dry.
With our group of 7, they cut the duck into 6 pieces when they should have cut it into 7. We let the server know, but he told us to share. Fair enough, so thats what we did. Later on they did send us over a plate with 1 extra piece.
Smashed root vegetables
This was one of the sides to share with the group.
The broccolini was pretty scorched on some pieces. Both sides that arrived were not very impressive.
Cannoli, ricotta, citrus, cocoa, hazelnuts
This cannoli was a bit hard to share with the group, but we made it work. Good crisp cannoli shell and the filling was equally as good.
Chocolate tart, olive oil, sea salt, pinenuts
This chocolate tart was delicious. Very smooth and full of chocolate goodness. My favourite of the two desserts.
Overall, I’m glad we tried the dinner family-style to try a lot of dishes. Unfortunately, a lot of the dishes really didn’t stand out. I’ve heard lots about their pasta, but both of the ones we got were not up to par. My favourite dish was the kale salad and the chocolate tart. For $55 per person, it wasn’t bad at all since we were all full, but it didn’t impress us enough to return.
We Rate Savio Volpe:
615 Kingsway, Vancouver