Fruit Cove, FL 32259 We finally made it out to the new Vito’s location and it is sweet. The space is massive, with several large dining rooms, separate bar space, and outside seating, well appointed a change from the previous location. The family owned and operated restaurant boasts a long existence in town, dating back to the early 80’s. On this visit the family was on site, visiting each table, checking on customers, Chef Giulio made his rounds as well greeting everyone. Nice touch! Looking over the appetizers we were wishing for something we had not seen before, but no luck. We chose to share the Mozzarella Di Buffalo, with ripe tomatoes, and extra virgin olive oil. Tomatoes were far from ripe, and not very tasty. Mozzarella slices had a good texture, and the olive oil sweet and light.
We each chose a bowl of soup, my companion the Chicken and I opted for the Minestrone. My companion declared the soup Okay, which is usually not okay. The pasta looked like spaghetti o’s.
My choice, was unlike any Minestrone ever experienced. The usual veggies I associate with this soup were absent or perhaps just emulsified in the broth, heavy on red beans, and ditalini pasta, more at home on a Mexican menu.The main dishes a Chicken Piccata, sauteed with capers, artichoke hearts with white wine and lemon butter. If the line “you eat with your eyes first” is believed, I would have been asleep. On the up side the dish was quite tasty, the chicken tender and well seasoned, with nice balance of lemon flavor.
My dish the Linguine Matriciana, listed as sauteed prosciutto and onions in a spicy marinara sauce missed the mark. Pasta well overcooked, sauce bland with little body.
The verdict, the food was not bad, but not exceptional either. When we left we were both undecided if we would return to try other items on the menu. The reviews for this spot are great, on our visit people were waiting to get in, so they must be doing something right. End of the day thoughts; get the crew and make it an Italian night. Remember the more people you bring the more dishes you can order to get a feel for the menu, plus for me when it comes to food the more people at the table the more fun even if the food is just meh.