Vivoli Cafe & Trattoria

★★★★☆

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The Marsala special was dry, pizza burned, the ravioli was just OK, but at the prices they charged, we expected exceptional food. Also they had no idea how to handle families, no kids menu, and huge drinks just asking to be knocked over. My wife, three famished boys (4-8 years), waited more than a half hour for the above listed sub par items,while other tables who arrived after were served. I'd like to think all this was due to the newness of the restaurant, but I certainly won't risk their high prices again to find out!

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★★☆☆☆

The Marsala special was dry, pizza burned, the ravioli was just OK, but at the prices they charged, we expected exceptional food. Also they had no idea how to handle families, no kids menu, and huge drinks just asking to be knocked over. My wife, three famished boys (4-8 years), waited more than a half hour for the above listed sub par items,while other tables who arrived after were served. I'd like to think all this was due to the newness of the restaurant, but I certainly won't risk their high prices again to find out!

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Finally! An elegant and authentic Italian restaurant has opened in Santa Clarita. Draped in deep, rich colors, and outfitted in sleek furnishings with select Tuscan appointments like the rustic majolica stashed in uplit niches - Vivoli Cafe is a visual as well as gustatory feast.

Every stage of the meal was a delightful surprise. The starter was a soft, dense and creamy pimento-laced foccacia - just baked from the oven and served with a dollop of pearly black olive paste, compliments of the house.

The salads were gently chilled: crisp spinach, whole perfect walnuts and velvet gorgonzola dolce, glistening with a barely-there dressing for just the right amount of flavor on the one hand and a deep green, fresh nest of romaine leaves decorated with shaved Italian parmigiana and heaped with toasted pignolie on the other.

The pastas were carefully presented and the sauces, a little on the mild side (I assume for the rather neutral tastes the SCV runs to) were nonetheless delicate and authentically "dry" (served almost the way you would have them in Florence or Rome). The salmon was tender, flaky and fresh.

Even the desserts were original and memorable - right down to the extra touch of putting a dash of Marsala in the plating sauces. Who would not welcome a crisp cookie-dough tart with blueberries nestled in a thick custard bed - with a glittery knob of homemade vanilla icecream on the side. The strong and smooth coffee was accompanied by two exquisite biscottini.

The outstanding feature that made the experience memorable for me was the European-style professional service. Wait persons dressed in sophisticated black, head to toe, just hovering three feet from your elbow at all times, generously dotting their solicitous banter with Italian phrases delivered in a convincing accent and advancing at the very moment the mere thought of a need arises in your mind - what a rare pleasure.

There is a lovely view from windows that soar to the ceiling and an outdoor patio, which is fortunate, because the night I was there, 6 weeks after the grand opening, by 7 pm there was a line waiting to take the first table available.

All in all, it will be hard to surpass the performance of Vivoli (but let's hope it is an omen of additional future culinary triumphs to come to Valencia and its environs).

5
★★★★★

Finally! An elegant and authentic Italian restaurant has opened in Santa Clarita. Draped in deep, rich colors, and outfitted in sleek furnishings with select Tuscan appointments like the rustic majolica stashed in uplit niches - Vivoli Cafe is a visual as well as gustatory feast.

Every stage of the meal was a delightful surprise. The starter was a soft, dense and creamy pimento-laced foccacia - just baked from the oven and served with a dollop of pearly black olive paste, compliments of the house.

The salads were gently chilled: crisp spinach, whole perfect walnuts and velvet gorgonzola dolce, glistening with a barely-there dressing for just the right amount of flavor on the one hand and a deep green, fresh nest of romaine leaves decorated with shaved Italian parmigiana and heaped with toasted pignolie on the other.

The pastas were carefully presented and the sauces, a little on the mild side (I assume for the rather neutral tastes the SCV runs to) were nonetheless delicate and authentically "dry" (served almost the way you would have them in Florence or Rome). The salmon was tender, flaky and fresh.

Even the desserts were original and memorable - right down to the extra touch of putting a dash of Marsala in the plating sauces. Who would not welcome a crisp cookie-dough tart with blueberries nestled in a thick custard bed - with a glittery knob of homemade vanilla icecream on the side. The strong and smooth coffee was accompanied by two exquisite biscottini.

The outstanding feature that made the experience memorable for me was the European-style professional service. Wait persons dressed in sophisticated black, head to toe, just hovering three feet from your elbow at all times, generously dotting their solicitous banter with Italian phrases delivered in a convincing accent and advancing at the very moment the mere thought of a need arises in your mind - what a rare pleasure.

There is a lovely view from windows that soar to the ceiling and an outdoor patio, which is fortunate, because the night I was there, 6 weeks after the grand opening, by 7 pm there was a line waiting to take the first table available.

All in all, it will be hard to surpass the performance of Vivoli (but let's hope it is an omen of additional future culinary triumphs to come to Valencia and its environs).

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This place is truly Italian. We have eaten at their restaurant on Sunset and the Valencia location is just as good. Great prices, great food, and wonderful people. All of the pasta's are great and risotto is just as good. They have two portion sizes, so if you're not super hungry you can get a smaller portion.

5
★★★★★

This place is truly Italian. We have eaten at their restaurant on Sunset and the Valencia location is just as good. Great prices, great food, and wonderful people. All of the pasta's are great and risotto is just as good. They have two portion sizes, so if you're not super hungry you can get a smaller portion.

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