Osteria Savio Volpe And Pepino’s Spaghetti House Scoop Up Big Wins At 2019 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

In case you have not to have any Italian food from Osteria Savio Volpe or Pepino’s Spaghetti House, some new Restaurant awards from Vancouver Magazine may entice you.  Here is the press release about their awards.

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Vancouver, B.C. (May 1, 2019): 
Osteria Savio Volpe and Pepino’s Spaghetti House accepted coveted honours at this year’s Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, held on Monday, April 29. Cozy fox den Savio Volpe earned the gold award for Best Italian, while their red-sauce American cousin Pepino’s was awarded gold for Best New Design as well as runner up for Best New Restaurant.
Now in its 30th year, the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards is the city’s biggest and most prestigious culinary awards gala with 38 categories shining a spotlight on Vancouver’s best restaurants, chefs, bartenders and sommeliers. This year, 15 judges comprised of notable food critics and experts explore holes-in-the-wall, fancy five-stars and all eateries in between, singling out those that offer outstanding fare, above-and-beyond customer service and an atmosphere that lingers with diners long after leaving.

“Savio Volpe’s combination of atmosphere, affordability, and a dialed-in but not doctrinaire take on regional Italian has redefined Italian food in Vancouver,” said the judges. Indeed, the restaurant offers a welcoming haven for residents and visitors to the trendy Fraserhood neighbourhood with its growing popularity lending a lively buzz.
“We are honoured to accept these awards, and want to thank Vancouver Magazine for recognizing the care and attention shown by our team to ensure the very best experience for our guests,” says Paul Grunberg, partner of Savio Volpe and Pepino’s. “Our team’s tireless work and passion has contributed tremendously to our success, and we are grateful to customers old and new who choose to spend their evenings with us.”
Celebrating their fourth anniversary this October, Savio Volpe’s traditional yet simple and fresh menu reads like an ode to old-world Italy. Adding to their list of accolades, the restaurant made the 2019 list of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants for the third consecutive year.

Pepino’s earned Vancouver Magazine’s accolade for Best New Design, with recognition for preserving the venue’s longstanding heritage. “It takes a deft hand to make a space feel like it’s always been there without turning to Disneyish clichés,” they said. “And so, gold for Best New Design goes to Ste. Marie for its work converting the 62-year-old institution that was Nick’s Spaghetti House into Pepino’s.”
Notably, the restaurant was also a runner up for the coveted Best New Restaurant category. “Taking Silver is the reimagined red-sauce joint Pepino’s, where the team behind Savio Volpe took the legacy (and location) of Nick’s Spaghetti House and managed to transform it into a spot that seems fresh and nostalgic in equal measure,” says the award judges.
Spearheaded by Craig Stanghetta, partner of Pepino’s and Savio Volpe, and his talented team at Ste. Marie, the design of Pepino’s captures a perfect balance between authenticity and purposeful reminiscences of a former era. The team meticulously salvaged original fixtures and detailing, creating a welcoming home-away-from-home.
“Our overarching goal was to preserve the comfort and familiarity shown by Nick’s, which left a lasting mark on so many guests over the years,” says Stanghetta. “We are very proud of the end result, and also for earning this coveted award ahead of our one-year anniversary in June.”
Savio Volpe and Pepino’s are co-owned by Mark Perrier, Craig Stanghetta, and Paul Grunberg; the trio are also proprietors of Commercial Drive’s newest Italian alimentari  and grocer, Caffè La Tana, which recently opened in October 2018.
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About Savio Volpe

Opened in Vancouver’s Fraserhood neighbourhood in 2015, Osteria Savio Volpe is a restaurant styled after the classic osteria – featuring rustic fare in the Italian tradition of freshness and regionality, using ingredients gathered from the nearby lakes, oceans, farms and fields. Everything is prepared in the simplest, most flavourful way, with pasta handmade fresh every day – fatto a mano in casa – and meat, poultry and fish kissed by smoke over the wood-fired grill and rotisserie. The 75-seat osteria features a long list of friendly Italian wines and old-world coffee to inspire conversation and good cheer among friends, family and strangers alike. Above all else, Savio Volpe celebrates liveliness, warmth and hospitality. Saviovolpe.com
 

About Pepino’s Spaghetti House

Situated in the midst of Vancouver’s Little Italy, Pepino’s is the brainchild and second joint venture of Osteria Savio Volpe’s acclaimed restaurateurs Paul Grunberg, Craig Stanghetta and Mark Perrier. Pepino’s is a cozy Commercial Drive eatery serving up hearty dishes inspired by fresh flavours, traditions and simple cooking techniques of Southern Italy. The 62-seat restaurant, formerly occupied for over 62-years by the iconic Nick’s Spaghetti House, is the “red sauce American cousin” to Savio Volpe, serving up tomato-based pasta dishes with savoury spices and stick-to-your-ribs meats. Pepino’s aspires to be a neighbourhood favourite, a safe space where people can take a load off, breathe in the aromas of fresh cooking, and look forward to a leisurely meal with family and friends. Pepinos.ca

The Winners of the 25th Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards!

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards Dishes Sampled

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards Dishes Sampled

Running a restaurant is a hard business.  Year after year we have new restaurants popping up in Vancouver.  Vancouver foodies like to find these new gems, as well as visit their established diamonds.  This week was the 25th Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, to let us all know about these fantastic restaurants.  Below are the results.  Make reservations fast because there may be lineups to try many of these restaurants.  Enjoy my food pictures as well that I took during the event.

Best New Restaurant of the Year: The Farmer’s Apprentice

Best Gastown & Chinatown: Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie

Best West End: Nook

Best Yaletown: Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

Best East Side: Via Tevere

Best Dim Sum: Dynasty Seafood

Best Casual Chain: Cactus Club Cafe

Best Upscale French: Le Crocodile

Best Vietnamese: Phnom Penh

Best Casual Japanese: Kingyo

Best Pizzeria: Via Tevere (that’s 2 awards!)

Best Thai: Maenam

Best Upscale Japanese: Zest

Best of the Americas: La Taqueria

Best Upscale Italian: Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca

Best Other Vancouver Island: Hudson’s on First

Best Winery/Vineyard Dining:  Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek (Congratulations Sandra Oldfield!)

Best Whistler: Araxi

Best Casual French: Tableau Bar Bistro

Best Korean: Hanwoori

Best Seafood: Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar (2 awards!)

Best Indian: Vij’s (always the winner!)

Best Coffeehouse: 49th Parallel

Pastry Chef of the Year: Thomas Haas

Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard Jaffray (Cactus Club owner)

Bartender of the Year: Jay Jones

Sommelier of the Year: Mike Bernardo

Premier Crew: François Rameau, Matthew Morgenstern, Denisa Johnova, Brian Hopkins

Best Casual Italian: Campagnolo Roma

Best Upscale Chinese: Dynasty Seafood

Best West Side: La Quercia

Best North Shore: La Régalade

Best Richmond: Top Shanghai Cuisine

Best Downtown: Cactus Club Coal Harbour

Best Victoria: Camille’s

Best Okanagan: Waterfront Wines

Best Noodle House: Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

Best Steakhouse: Hy’s Encore

Best Other Asian: Penang Delight

Best Casual Chinese: Top Shanghai

Best New Design: Homer St. Café & Bar

Best Food Cart: Vij’s Railway Express

Green Award: The Parker

Producer/Supplier of the Year: Sole Food

Mentorship Award: Scott Haeger

Chef of the Year: Pino Posteraro

Best Casual: The Farmer’s Apprentice

Best Upscale: Hawksworth

Restaurant of the Year: The Farmer’s Apprentice (Wonderful. So many accolades.)

Select Finalists Announced for 25th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

Vancouver MagazineVancouver, B.C.; April 15th, 2014 – Vancouver Magazine announced today select finalists for its upcoming 25th Annual Restaurant Awards.  Finalists were named in the magazine’s new Best of Neighbourhood award categories including: Best Downtown, Best Yaletown, Best West End, Best Gastown & Chinatown, Best West Side, Best East Side, and Best Richmond.

These categories join Best North Shore in highlighting establishments for diners for whom location is at least as important as reputation, type of cuisine, ambiance, and price. See attached fact sheet for finalist restaurants.

“For the past 25 years, Vancouver Magazine has been cataloguing the city’s finest rooms and creating a definitive compendium of all that is delicious, masterful, and of the moment,” said John Burns, Vancouver Magazine Editor-in-Chief. “The addition of Best of Neighbourhood awards reflects our judges’ view that for many people, location matters a great deal when deciding where to dine.”

Finalists in the remaining 42 categories won’t be revealed until the gala, to be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel on April 22nd. More than 700 of B.C.’s top chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, and food critics will gather to recognize the city’s best. Vancouverites can follow the event live on Twitter and Instagram using #VanMagAwards.

Vancouver Magazine’s May issue includes a 42-page feature on all the award categories. The issue will be on newsstands on April 28th and digital subscriptions will be available at vanmag.com.

Finalists for New Best of Neighbourhood Categories

Best Yaletown

  • Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar,
  • Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca,
  • The Flying Pig,
  • Homer St. Café and Bar,
  • La Pentola della Quercia

Best West End

  • Forage,
  • Hokkaido Ramen Santouka,
  • Kingyo,
  • Nook,
  • Tavola

Best Downtown

  • Cactus Club Coal Harbour,
  • Hawksworth,
  • The Mexican, Antojitos y Cantina;
  • Tableau Bar Bistro,
  • Yew Seafood & Bar

Best Gastown & Chinatown

  • Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie,
  • Campagnolo,
  • Phnom Penh,
  • Pidgin,
  • The Union

Best West Side

  • Maenam,
  • La Quercia,
  • Vijs,
  • West,
  • Zest

Best East Side

  • Campagnolo Roma,
  • Chicha,
  • Les Faux Bourgeois,
  • The Red Wagon,
  • Via Tevere

Best Richmond

  • Dinesty Chinese,
  • Gudrun,
  • Hoi Tong Seafood,
  • Spicy Vegetarian Cuisine,
  • Top Shanghai Cuisine

Best North Shore

  • Blue Eyed Marys,
  • Canyon,
  • Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle,
  • Gusto di Quattro,
  • La Régalade

 

 

Win with your wine at the Vancouver Magazine International Wine Competition

I received this note recently, and thought that maybe there are a few wineries around that may not know about this competition.  It is always good to get your wines reviewed, and win some awards.  You spend lots of time and hard labour bringing your wines to the table.  Why not submit them?  Here is the note:

There are TWO WEEKS remaining to enter your wines in the 2010 Vancouver magazine International Wine Competition.  Please submit your entries online by Wednesday, September 15th, 2010.  Online application is available at www.vanmag.com – click on the competition logo on the homepage.

Why should you enter:

·         This is a wine competition with a difference!

·         Wines judged by style category – just the way consumers choose wine

·         Over 100 winners in 10 different style categories

·         Western Canada’s largest judging of international and domestic wines

·         Distinguished judging panel of Canada’s acknowledged experts including Masters of Wine, BC’s top sommeliers, educators, critics, journalists and buyers

·          55,000 issues of the January/February 2011 issue featuring the top 100 winners

·         The #1 selling edition that is retained by readers for year-long reference

·         Winning wines are showcased weekly as the most viewed item on Vancouver magazine’s WEEKEND FIX newsletter straight to 5,500 inboxes every Thursday

·         Top wines also featured in 19,000 copies of GuestLife Vancouver; 18,000 copies of Vancouver magazine’s CityGuide

·         All award-winning wines receive on-line exposure (vanmag.com) for one year featuring a wine description, bottle shot and link to the BC Liquor Store stock search page for easy access for consumers to find and purchase the wine

·         Exposure at the prestigious BIG NIGHT event that celebrates the 10 category winners paired with Vancouver magazine  Restaurant Award winners in a lavish, much-anticipated food and wine event in the spring of 2011

·         BC Liquor Stores promotion

·         BC Liquor store promotion gives unprecedented exposure to award-winning wines

·         18,000 overruns of Vancouver magazine’s January/February supplement are distributed to more than 30 participating liquor stores

Thank you for supporting this influential competition.

Yours in wine,

DJ Kearney, Chief Judge

2011 Vancouver magazine International Wine Competition

Important Dates:

ENTRY DEADLINE                                                                                             SEPTEMBER 15TH

Consolidation Point Open                                                                            September 20th

Consolidation Point Closed                                                                          October 1st

Wine Judging                                                                                                     October 27-29th

Winners Published Online                                                                            December 6th

Wine Awards Issue Available                                                                      December 20th

BCLDB Promotion Begins                                                                              February 1st

Big Night Vancouver                                                                                       February 4th