Autostrada (Downtown) - Vancouver)

Autostrada is a small chain (3 restaurants so far) of Italian restaurants in Vancouver focusing on simple, yet excellent executed dishes. Chef Syme’s background in more chef-driven places is quite obvious as many dishes appear at first glance simple and straightforward but later reveal surprising nuances which elevate the dishes. The downtown restaurant we visited is a lively neighborhood restaurant every part of a city needs.


Piatto Misto Salumi - prosciutto di parma, Italian salumi - small but tasty selection. The focaccia, baked in-house, is a highlight


Insalata di Stagione - daily changing salad - today a mix of different types of salad, watermelon radish, ricotta salata and wonderful complex raspberry-mustard vinaigrette


Olive Miste - marinated olives - served slightly warm


Polpette al Sugo - meatballs, pomodoro, pecorino - Dense but yet light meatballs in a bright tomato sauce


Risotto della Casa - today’s risotto variation with asparagus and morels - nicely captures the current morel season


Fusilloni con Salsiccia - fennel sausage ragu, peas, pecorino - nicely spiced sausage ragu with good, al dente pasta


Ripiena - daily stuffed pasta -today’s version of agnolotti filled prosciutto, potato and ricotta - excellent house-made pasta with a tasty filling


Salted Caramel Tarte - Very good version which wasn’t overly sweet but had a nice balance between sweet and salty


Tiramisu - One of the better tiramisu’s we had in quite sometime which again was very well balanced between the different ingredients, e.g. sweet (mascarpone, sugar), bitter (coffee) and tart (cocoa)

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