Veni, Vidi, Vito's in This Week's Dining Review

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Pan roasted loin chop
In this week's Scene dining review, our intrepid reviewer Carrington Fox visits Vito's Ristorante & Wine Bar at 1812, which now occupies the space on Hayes St. formerly home to DaVinci's pizza.

She has good things to say about this new venture, headed up by eponymous chef Vito Randazzo. She also notes that while Vito's was not exactly designed with little ones in mind, they won't turn your cubs away should you bring them along. To wit:

Vito's handled our party of five with rare hospitality and grace, and we were glad to give our kids a glimpse of what we remember fondly as fancy-restaurant style, before pendant lighting, river rocks and exotic hardwoods became de rigueur design. An old house, wine-colored walls, black tablecloths, candles, Dean Martin and murals of canals set a stage for Italian dining that was old-school without being overly kitschy. Furthermore, while Randazzo — an alumnus of the tony Café 123 — doesn't bill his new venture a family restaurant, his menu managed to satisfy the diverse tastes of our whole family, and the bill did not exceed what we often spend in family-friendly settings.

Decor aside — and don't you just long for the un-fussy interiors of yore sometimes? — items of interest on Vito's throwback Italian menu include calamari, mussels piccata and a range of pastas and pizzas. In particular, this reader was intrigued by two offerings: a "surprisingly affordable" cold-water lobster tail ($23); and linguine with clam sauce ($17) that "excelled on all points." Read the entire review — including some sweet dessert options — right here.

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