|Project Name||Savio Volpe||Posted in||Restaurants, Design, Interior Design||Opening Hours||KITCHEN HOURS. OPEN DAILY FROM 5PM-1030PM|
|Telephone||+1 604 428 0072||[email protected]||Design Studio||Ste. Marie|
|Area (sqm)||425||Visit Website||saviovolpe.com||More Info|
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When it comes to quality wining and dining, you can always trust the Italians, who have mastered the art of it and are always perfectly on point: “buon cibo, buon vino, buoni amici” (good food - good wine - good friends) is the simple, golden triptych that sums up their entire philosophy around it. This is exactly what Graig Stanghetta and Paul Grunberg had in mind, when they decided to turn a 1920 tyre shop into Savio Volpe, a modern osteria that celebrates liveliness and hospitality in the heart of Mount Peasant, a neighbourhood-hotspot for the young, artistic crowd in Vancouver, Canada.
The good old classic concept of an “Osteria”, which traditionally translates to a rustic-flared restaurant serving simple food at sharing tables, gets revamped in this case into Italian Farmhouse Modern: using groceries gathered in the nearby lakes, oceans, farms and fields, while everything, from handmade pasta to fish over the wood-fired grill, is prepared in the simplest, most flavourful manner.
Savio Volpe’s interior also foreshadows the simplistic yet unique experience that awaits. Stanghetta’s Ste. Marie design studio, which undertook the project and worked with local craftspeople to create bespoke furnishings, sought inspiration from iconic Italian designers Bruno Munari, Carlo Mollino and Enzo Mari, who acted as guiding lights. As a result an earthy “feast” has come about with wood being the dominant player, either in the form of pleated panelling or solid oak, giving a warm ambiance to the 75-seat dining room. Marble and metal elements, complete the picture along with wondrous bespoke light installations, also designed in-house by “Ste. Marie” endowing an iconoclastic aesthetic to the space.
The light structure hanging above the bar was conceived as a riff on the classic Stilnovo chandeliers, while the wall lighting takes cues from religious typology, emitting a soft, inviting light. The two surreal paintings hanging on the North wall by Italian artist Edoardo De Falchi, through which a set of lights are threaded, along with smaller paintings found at thrift shops, act as additional “rays of light” on this spectacular wooden canvas, adding an elegant yet dramatic element. “In the same way a kerchief, patterned tie, or a pair of playful socks give bravado and audacity to an otherwise understated suit, the upholstery throughout the space gives life to the minimal and quiet materials,” says Stanghetta.
In the middle of the restaurant stands the central eating bar which serves as the core of action, from where diners can view the activity going on in part of the open kitchen. Quarry tiles, bespoke shelving, big wooden sharing tables that bring to mind those of an American diner and 70s sofas dressed in patterned fabrics, all blend into an ongoing interplay between the assertive and simple, elemental and modernist - a mainstay of Italian culture. “We tried to capture that quintessential Italian juxtaposition by running the theme of humble vs. pretty throughout the design,” Stanghetta adds.
As for Savio Volpe himself? He’s a “wise fox” and the osteria’s mascot — a patriarch of the venture in the form of an old Damerino that takes care of his family, friends and strangers alike at his local tavern.