Daily bite: Vancouver's Autostrada Osteria opens Wednesday

Autostrada is Vancouver's newest Italian restaurant

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From the owners of the celebrated European restaurant, Cinara, comes a brand new osteria called Autostrada. Located just off of the corner of Main Street and West 33rd Avenue by the famed Long's Noodle House, this new, approachable Italian spot (its name is Italian for highway) by chef Lucais Syme and Dustin Dockendorf is all about freshly made pasta, like garganelli with house fennel sausage, peas and pecorino, rigatoncini with grilled eggplant, tomato and chili and lumache cacio e pepe.

Naturally, there are classic appetizers as well, like anchovies on toast (with herb butter, radish and pickled cucumber) and veal tonnato. The menu here by chef de cuisine Fernando Montaner is quite concise, so if you pop in with three friends, you should be able to have a taste of the majority of its offerings. In terms of getting boozy, there's some Negroni variations to start a night off before diving into some Italian wine.

The small (30 or so seats) and simply designed room boasts plenty of white with two big stripes of navy blue and red, plus an open kitchen, while a mural of a vintage sneaker with a suited-up, goggled driver ready to race (done by Syme's brother, artist Johnathan Syme) keeps an eye on things from the north wall.

Autostrada has been running services for friends and family for the past little while, and is officially open to the public this Wednesday, January 10th.