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Vivo Enoteca in Wayne

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Vivo Enoteca in Wayne

Les | Apr 30, 2003 09:31 PM

My date and I had a tasty celebratory meal earlier tonight at Vivo Enoteca (N. Wayne Ave in Wayne, near Teresa's Cafe Italiano).

The portion sizes are small, so we ordered one antipasti sampler, soup, pasta, an entree, and dessert.

They serve crispy sesame seed (and rosemary, I think) breadsticks before bringing out appetizers. We ordered the bruscetta sampler ($6), which is five different kinds. There was chicken liver; honey, gorgonzola, and red grape; olive puree; white bean with walnut; and zucchini with olive oil and onions.

The soup was a minestrone--really thick and full of springy vegetables like asparagus--topped with a dollop of pesto.

For the pasta, my date ordered ricotta gnocchi with brown butter and a side of broccoli rabe. (Like I said, small portions...there were about six gnocchis total) The dumplings were much more delicate and cheesy than the potato-y consistency that I've encountered in gnocchi at L'Angolo and Gnocchi.

I had the grilled salmon with pearl onions and roasted pineapple ($12). It was really tender and the onions incredibly sweet, complemented by the pineapple chunks and sauce. My wine was a fruity chardonnay ($6 per glass), so I was a happy camper.

For dessert, I had the chocolate olive oil cake with chocolate whipped cream and basil-orange sauce ($6). It's really heavy and the basil-chocolate mix is a bit weird at first, but it was quite pleasurable. I'll probably get gelato next time--they had three flavors tonight and it was $3.50 a piece (a little lower than Capogiro prices...).

It's a trendy place, but the clientele seemed to be mostly the ladies-who-lunch crowd and 30somethings. Definitely feels more like Old City than the Main Line though, in terms of decor and level of good service. Our total bill was $55, which includes my wine and Leffe beer (they have that and Hoegarden and one other on tap).

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