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San Vivaldo Trattoria, Warwick review


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San Vivaldo Trattoria, Warwick review

Cheffrank | | Aug 24, 2009 08:58 AM

The Trattoria is an unassuming looking little place on Rt. 33 in Warwick that could be easily missed if you weren't specifically looking for it. We went to dinner on Saturday and had an amazing meal in an empty restaurant which was a shame as the food and atmosphere is so terrific.
The restaurant and parking lot are ringed with old footed bathtubs where many varieties of fresh herbs are growing. I took this as a good sign and was not disappointed.
The one word I would use to describe Chef Bigazzi's food is sublime. The advice I would have for anyone with an adventurous palate is to put your trust in the chef's hands. We just asked him to prepare his best meal for us and sat back with a bottle of excellent Malbec (one of our favorites) enjoying the excellent bread and flavored olive oil. The first course was a stuffed pepper, simply but amply seasoned with a bread stuffing along with a salad (herbs and baby greens) with a simple but lovely vinagrette and a piece of Bruschetta broiled with what appeared to be a variety of cheeses. Simply marvelous. This was followed by a small serving of some corkscrew pasta in an excellent Bolognese sauce.
At this point, the chef asked what we wanted as a main course and we told him that he was batting 1,000 so far and to just bring whatever he saw fit. It turned out to be a perfectly cooked piece of pork tenderloin with a light mushroom sauce and some roasted potatoes. Fabulous!
We were well into the second bottle of Malbec by then when chef asked about dessert. We ended up splitting a dessert of roasted peaches with what appeared to be a cross between a lemon semifreddo and a slice of cake with a light topping of cream. It was truly the perfect ending to a great meal. We both said the next day that we could easily have had the same meal again right then and been happy as clams.
When we were done and I paid the very modest bill, chef brought us an amazing herb bouquet with lemon thyme, mint, chives and other herbs to take home. What a marvelous gesture.
To sum up, I would urge anyone who truly likes food to PLEASE GO! If this place existed in the Boston area, I would be there weekly or more, it is that good. One caveat: if you are looking for a more structured Olive Garden type meal, this place might frustrate you but if you are a true foodie you will love every minute of the experience.

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