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That's Italian - Vito's in Santa Monica

tort | Mar 22, 200606:25 PM

Hadn't been here for a few years & I admit I have very fond memories of our early dating days here, so my review may be a bit skewed! Place was packed & they'd set up a special table for the 9 of us. Only area I would not recommend is the patio off back, as it has a perfect view into the ladies restroom & it's lines! They seem to put families with small children back there. We had brought a special bottle of Barbaresco & no corkage was charged. For the white drinkers, the waiter recommended this Pinot Grigio I'd never heard of that was so smooth & not biting like most - in a sleekly graduated bottle & I'll try to find out the name. A couple nice Chianti Riservas were also brought. Will go dish by dish...

Caesar tableside - one of the best ever - generous, plenty of parmesan
Caprese - ripe tomatoes & huge slices of fresh mozzarella & basil with olive oil. Requested some balsamic vinegar to pep it up.
Spaghetii alle Casa - Wonderful as always (we always request capers be added) in a tomato cream shrimp cognac sauce. God, I love this stuff!
Linguine Vongole - perfectly cooked pasta, delicious broth & tons of meaty clams - full of flavor & not watery like some
Special pork chop with proscuitto & a sweetish sauce - I didn't like this very much - not on the regular menu
Vitello Portofino (or was it Positano??) - first time I've ever ordered - in a proscuitto mushroom cream cognac sauce & very delicious. Not a whole lot, but tender & obviously very rich!

Others had some other dishes & obviously loved them as they were gone before I could get a taste. No dessert as birthday cake at home, but they have a large rolling cart of yummy looking stuff.

The back room has been redecorated since we've been there - all in all, a wonderful evening - one of those 'la familia' passing the wine & dishes around the table scenes. (The fact my dad has Martin Scorsese glasses helped...) We have their 30% off card, I thought prices had gone way up, but dinner for 9 with 3 bottles of nice wine came to about $350, which was a whole lot less expensive than the limo we needed to cart our wine & martini soaked selves home... It's nice when a restaurant is just as wonderful as you remember and Vito's fills that bill perfectly.

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