Joseph Richard Group (JRG) is set to open a new concept restaurant, Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar, today in Walnut Grove (Langley), British Columbia, Canada.

The new restaurant can accommodate 180 guests and features a menu designed by JRG Culinary Operations director Matthew Stowe and the JRG Culinary team comprised of executive chef Andy Slinn, corporate chef David Jorge as well as The Italian chef Jason Harper.

Chef Stowe said: “Not only is Italian food one of the most comforting and universally loved cuisines in the world, but the fish, fruit, and vegetables that make up the Mediterranean diet also make it one of the healthiest in the world.”

The offerings at the restaurant will include handmade ravioli, creamy risotto, San Marzano tomato soup, pizzas, handmade pastas and sauces and refined desserts among others.

The restaurant’s cheese bar will allow guests to try some of the favourite and lesser-known cheeses from the 450 different types of cheeses produced in Italy.

JRG CEO and co-founder Ryan Moreno said: “In Italy, sharing food and drink and bonding with extended family is a centuries-old tradition, and that idea of bringing family and friends together to share great dishes is what we’re all about at our establishments too.”

Customers can also try select premium wines by the glass on a rotating feature wine menu at The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar.

In the next coming month, JRG plans to open The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar for lunch.

British Columbia’s JRG was founded in 2002 and now operates 21 public houses, restaurants and liquor retail outlets in BC and Alberta.