I attended a small (5 of us)birthday party last week at Vinnie's in North Asheville
I was quite surprised to witness such a busy restaurant on a Thursday night.
I guess people are obviously excited about this place
We started the evening with appetizers consisting of Pasta Fazool and Bruschetta.
The Pasta Fazool was delicious, whole bodied and with generous amounts of ingredients. One of the better ones I've had in a long long time The Brushetta , instead of the usual ingredient of tomatoes, was made from mushrooms This dish was outstanding and was the highlight of the evening. Incredible.
Main Courses followed. " Italian garbage salad." It was filled with luscious slices of ham, Greek olives,cheese, veggies, hot peppers ... oh, all those things that make one want more - more ...
and there was stacks of it. Satisfying and healthy.
Salmon Gratella-- Salmon cooked to perfection and the spinach and mashed potatoes proved nice complements
Penne alla Vodka with pancetta, sautéed red onions and vodka cream sauce was well flavored and cooked al dente
Veal Piccata with lemon-caper butter garlic sauce was, in my opinion, a great dish and reminded me how good veal can be. So many restaurants overcook this dish - not Vinnies
The service was friendly and competent. Great Staff
Being raised in the Bronx ,and near Arthur Ave, where the best "neighborhood" Italian restaurants in New York are found Vinnie's would be in good company
This is one great eating establishment and to think we are fortunate to have Vinnie's in Asheville
I will be back again and again