Looking for some old school (classic) Italian cuisine in Seattle? Vito’s is the place! How many times have you driven by it? Probably a lot considering it is located on First Hill on the corner of 9th and Madison. Vito’s has a 1950’s vibe, reminding me of a time when the men were taking their ladies out, while at the same time watching the door for an enemy to come through the door. When you visit the “About Vito’s” section of the website, you will find a bit of history (it was established in 1953) and photos of what Vito’s looks like now.
Vito’s is a 21 and over establishment. The restaurant and lounge are open from 4pm – 2 am daily, and open for a “Two Martini Lunch” on Fridays. It is one open room with a horseshoe-shaped bar that separates the lounge and restaurant. It is nice that it is open so all can enjoy the live music, provided five days a week. Check out the Entertainment page on www.vitosseattle.com for a lineup of live entertainment. On the night in which we visited, there was no live music but what was playing overhead had a “Shack” or “70’s” feel. The conversation then transpired into the shows of the 70’s and those who hosted them, etc… An example? Newlywed Game, Gong Show, Love Boat, and was Shack just a movie or a TV series? Was it Chuck Berry or Chuck Barris that hosted the Gong Show? We had our trusty smartphones, so we were able to confirm the answers right there and then. The “Cougar Room” is available for meetings, private parties, and dining for groups up to 18.
Not only are parts of your meal house-made (like the Meatballs) but the selection and flavor are certainly there too. What are the offerings? Antipasti like Beef Carpaccio, Cozze, Calamari, and Bruschetta di Pomodoro & Tapendada. There is Dolci, Sides, Insalata E Zuppe, and Specialita Della Casa (Cioppino, Eggplant Parmesan, Scampi al Limone, Chicken Marsala, Pan Seared Sea Scallops). There is also Pasta of course! Our party chose the Spaghetti with Meatballs (or Sausage), Penne Bolognese, Vito’s Famous Cannelloni, and the Ravioli of the Day, which was a Pear Gorgonzola with Walnuts. Yum!
I am looking forward to my next visit! http://vitosseattle.com/ Twitter: @vitosseattle