Vetro 1925 at 17 E. Central in Fayetteville unofficially opened last night. The service was a little uneven as was to be expected, but the food was to die for. To begin with the food presentation was simple, but sophisticated.
We started with the calamari appetizer which had just the right amount of batter, flavor and wasn’t at all rubbery.
The favorite dish was the duck with gnocchi. So much of it was passed around that the person ordering it ended up with only half a plate. The pasta and shrimp, mussels, scallops, and clams with cherry tomatoes compared to a similar dish served at Bordinos a few streets over. Small sides of asparagus with shaved pecorino cheese and balsamic vinegar as well as fettuccine alfredo were fresh and flavorful.
We made room for desserts and bites were shared around the table. The lemon sorbet was served in a frozen lemon and was creamy and exactly what you would hope for. The tiramisu was traditional with moist ladyfingers, and mascarpone set off by just the right amount of espresso. They were out of the hazelnut crème brulee however.
The Picket Fence Pinot Noir was pleasant, but not exceptional. However, the wine and cocktail menu was extensive and we plan to have many more opportunities to sample its delights.
The menu is ala carte.
The owner is the same as that of Piattos in Tulsa OK.
A note about the ambience - The architect did a bang up job on combining darker, industrial elements of steel, brick and wood with light ultra modern touches and a huge murano glass sculpture hanging over the dining room. But the Pièce de résistance, pardon my French, is the backlit bar which changes color and visually flows off the bartop and up and over to the street. There are over 5,000 LED lights in the top.
17 E Center St, Fayetteville, AR 72701