Vancouver – The city’s food aficionados were left in shock this summer when Oca Pastificio’s iconic chef and co-owner, Gregory Dilabio, tragically passed away at the young age of 38. Known for its quaint ambiance and exquisite handmade pasta dishes, Oca Pastificio, situated at 1260 Commercial Dr, had previously been celebrated by the Michelin Guide as a Vancouver “Bib Gourmand” pick, spotlighting its outstanding quality that did not compromise on value.
The establishment, which had closed its doors in the aftermath of Dilabio’s untimely death in July, recently announced its revival plans on Instagram. The poignant post detailed the emotional journey of the team grappling with the void left behind by their “remarkable chef, dear friend, and co-founder.”
In their heartfelt message, the team expressed, “Gregory’s infectious enthusiasm for food, hospitality, and life was Oca’s lifeblood. His absence has deeply wounded us.”
The team has now decided to carry forward with a renewed identity while preserving the essence that made Oca Pastificio unique. The restaurant has been rebranded as “Magari by Oca.”
Paying homage to Dilabio’s passion and legacy, the Magari by Oca team stated, “His fervor for crafting memorable food experiences was undeniable and has profoundly impacted all of us. We vow to maintain this ethos, ensuring the legacy of top-tier food and heartwarming service that Oca Pastificio stood for remains intact.”
The team also extended their heartfelt gratitude to the community, emphasizing, “The avalanche of empathy, warmth, and condolences from all of you has been our guiding light through these trying times. Your patience and understanding, as we tread this new path, is deeply cherished.”
While details about Magari’s revamped concept are yet to be revealed, the restaurant’s current bio suggests that they will continue to serve fresh pasta from Wednesday to Saturday, 5:30 p.m. onwards, emphasizing a walk-in-only approach and no telephone service.
The announcement culminated with an inviting note, urging patrons to partake in commemorating Dilabio’s legacy. “As we embark on this new journey, infused with the same zeal and commitment that Gregory showcased daily, we thank you wholeheartedly for standing beside us.”