Restaurant Review - Vivo
The garlic bread was delightful, full of flavour and “fluffy” - cooked to perfection in the pizza oven.
I was hoping for a date night with my wife to be, but Nanny & Pippee were not able to look after our daughters, aged 8 & 5, so we took them with us.
Burton Latimer is a quaint town that I think is a really nice part of the county and tucked away in the back of a public car park is Vivo, an Italian restaurant that has been there for a number of years. As we approached there is a gym to the right, which was not there the last time I dined here, and then I glanced up at the roof and saw a sign “Italian Restaurant” hanging off the building...immediately I thought “oh no.” This will be the 9th anonymous restaurant review All Things Business has written and every month the restaurant review gets a significant amount of traction on social media and is a highlight for many readers, so my thought process was this has to be worthy of a review, and signage hanging off the building put doubt in my mind.
As we entered, Luigi was behind the bar, and as you walked through the door, the aroma from thekitchen was a fantastic first impression. On the left hand side is a huge pizza oven, which was really striking and you could feel the heat. There were approximately 25 - 30 diners already in the restaurant, which for a Thursday evening at 7pm was also a positive.
Peroni on tap is always a great start to any meal for me, my fiance had a soft drink as did our daughters. The waitress was really polite and cheerful and showed particular attention to our daughters which she did not have to, but certainly another positive for us as a family is we instantly felt welcomed.
Olives & garlic bread to start and immediately we knew we were in for an Italian treat. The garlic bread was delightful, full of flavour and “fluffy” - cooked to perfection in the pizza oven. A good start to the meal. By this point another 12 - 16 diners had entered and there was now a really good atmosphere to the restaurant.
My fiance ordered straccetti di maiale, which was strips of pork fillet cooked with onions garlic, white wine, tomato and a touch of gravy (£14.95). I ordered saisiccia e funghi (£9.50). Our daughters both had margherita pizza from the children’s menu. My fiance felt her pork could have been more tender, but I had a taste and thought it was really tasty, we both agreed that the sauce was superb, full of flavour and filling. My main was delicious, a good portion of italian sausage which was complemented with mushrooms, red onions and white wine on a bed of linguine.
My main was delicious, a good portion of Italian sausage which was complemented with mushrooms, red onions and white wine on a bed of linguine.
Our daughters both ate their pizza, and we could not remember the last time they both ate a whole main meal, and considering this was on top of a garlic bread, which they shared, this was a compliment in itself. At this point I thought we would enjoy a few minutes of family time before leaving, but my daughters both asked for dessert and I think that was probably because the waitress, who was very good, was bringing a range of other desserts to other diners, all of which looked amazing.
The children chose vanilla ice cream, and both cleared their bowl…never have they both completed a 3 course meal! My fiance chose torta al limone, Lemon Cheesecake (£5.95) and I went with il nostro tiramisu, described as our “pick me up” - with amaretto (£5.95), both of our dessert were beautifully presented and were really tasty, the perfect way to end an italian meal.
So on reflection, the food was really good, they would have probably benefitted from one more waiting person. The two things I would insist on is background music and to definitely fix the sign. Would we go again, definitely...either on a date night with my wife to be, our daughters or a party of friends.