So Wednesday was my birthday, and my mother was in town from NJ and said she’d take me to dinner anywhere, and I chose Vito’s since I’d heard so much about it. Also, it was about 5:30pm, so I was pretty sure we’d beat any crowds (and we did).
For anyone who has yet to go to Vito’s – it is a tiny place. There are maybe 7 small tables. There were only 2 other people seated while we were there – one guy keeping to himself and his slices, and an old guy with a huge grey beard who seemed to be just hanging out more than actually consuming any food, and I guess he added to the neighborhood ambience of the place in that way. All the guys working there were nice and had a great rapport with one another.
But on to the food - overall A+!
Since we ordered main entrees, they came with small house salads to start, and they were great – greens, tomatoes, onions, and olives with a vinaigrette. Perfect small portion size and just the right amount of dressing.
I then had a cheese slice and a pepperoni slice. They didn’t taste exactly like what I remember from NJ, but they were damn close, and they are definitely the best by far that I’ve had in LA! The crust was absolute perfection! Even though Vito’s is totally out of my way, I don’t think I can eat pizza from any other place in LA ever again, and I can see myself making a trip there every weekend for a pie to keep at home for the week.
My $9.95 Penne Pesto came with some parmesan cheese on top, and I’m not really into uncooked cheese, so I was a little apprehensive. But it turned out to be a really great tasty touch; it went very well with the pasta and the great pesto sauce which tasted very very freshly made. However as great as the sauce was, there was way too much of it. This is a very oily dish – you can see some of the oil puddle in the photo. If I order it again, I will ask them to go light on the sauce.
My mom had the $11.95 Pasta Marinara with Meatballs. I’d assumed the pasta would be spaghetti, but it turned out to be penne. My mom said the sauce tasted very fresh and very homemade (true to the menu description I suppose – “Nona kept it simple, fresh basil, and her tomato sauce”). I had one bite and had to agree. This is definitely something I will order for myself next time.
For dessert – a slice of cheesecake. I normally detest cheesecake and will not touch the stuff, but it was not my choice, and this slice turned out to be so fantastic I ate the whole thing. I’m not sure if it’s a regular menu item, because of some jokes Vito was making about it, but if it is I highly recommend it. It was not cheesy at all. It was some kind of raspberry or strawberry kind. So fluffy and perfectly sweet with great crust.
I should caveat that the photos are not great. I was trying to be stealth, and my camera is very old. Hopefully you get the essence of it all. Everything seemed very homemade with care and love, and Vito is such a great nice guy. Count me in as a Vito’s customer for life! I can’t wait til my next visit there; I’m going to eat through their entire menu!