Savio Volpe names Melanie Witt as its new executive chef

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      One of Vancouver’s most popular Italian eateries has announced some changes to its kitchen team.

      Osteria Savio Volpe (615 Kingsway) has appointed Melanie Witt as its new executive chef. She will be overseeing its culinary creations alongside Mark Perrier, partner and food director at the Fraserhood dining spot.

      Witt’s title may be new, but she’s been with Savio Volpe team from the beginning. Starting out as a pasta cook since opening day, the talented chef has climbed the culinary ladder to become sous chef and chef de cuisine over the span of three years.

      "I am thrilled to step into the role of executive chef at Osteria Savio Volpe," Witt said in a press statement. "It has been an incredible journey so far. The team has become a second family to me, and it's amazing to see the food we prepare being so well received by guests and critics. I am really looking forward to helming the kitchen as the restaurant continues to grow and evolve."

      Witt will continue her commitment to cooking with sustainable ingredients, agriculture, and urban farming at the well-loved Italian restaurant. She’s created a new fall and winter menu, which consists of rustic dishes like taglierini (lamb offal ragu, pancetta, and pecorino), spaghetti all'arrabbiata (Dungeness crab and herb pangratto), and whole-roasted yellowbelly flounder (brown butter, capers, and lemon).

      This announcement comes on the heels of many other celebrations that revolves around Savio Volpe, including its third anniversary, and the recent openings of its sister establishments: Pepino’s Spaghetti House and Caffe La Tana.