The best in Pittsburgh!.
I am incredibly impressed with Vivo. I have dined in some of the best restaurants in the world, and have to say that we are very fortunate to have this little gem here in Pittsburgh. The Chef and proprietor is a true artist. He understands the complexities of flavors and pairs his ingredients flawlessly. Really good food should taste effortless and each ingredient should shine. He accomplishes this well. I highly recommend the tasting menu. It is always seasonal and incorporates the freshest ingredients.
The last dinner I had there the three of us were blown away. We had the tasting menu. We ended up not getting the same things so all tried each others. I can honestly say that we didn't find a flaw in anything we sampled.
In addition to the great food, I find the ambience warm and charming. They were very friendly. We were invited to tour the kitchen ( which was impeccably clean) after dinner. Bravo Vivo!
Courteous dining + children. Generally speaking, there is very little consideration or courtesy when it comes to dining and children. When folks come to a fine restaurant and spend a lot of money the expectation is to dine in peace and quiet. It is no place for poorly behaving children, of any race. My children never ever acted up in public, especially in a restraurant. They were told that if they did not act appropriately that they would be removed and disciplined later. They were taught at the toddler stage by being taken frequently out to fast food restaurants as a trial run for something more upscale. They know how to use a napkin, utensils and how to sit up straight and eat. They always were dressed nice for the occasion which lent itself to good behavior because they know they were being observed by others. They were taught not to embarrarrass themselves, parents, siblings and others by misbehaving. I have always had compliments from other diners how well-behaved my children were. By all rights the proprietor has the right to remove or ask to leave those customers who are annoying the other guest or creating an unpleasant experience. In the case mentioned above, I fault the proprietor for not warning the offending customer that their children's behavior was bothering other customers and asked to leave it it continued and tell the meal was gratis. I'd rather have one unsatisfied customer rather than a whole room full. It seems that some many have lost civility and do not care a wit about others. It's all about me, me, me and what I want regardless how it affects others. If I am spending a lot of money on a meal I feel I have the right to confront the offending party and if it presists I will use my cell phone, which is always off during a meal, to call the police.
Wonderful Dining Experience. The restaurant is cozy and comfortable, and the staff was helpful and friendly without being overwhelming. The food was amazing. We started dinner with two appetizers: a beef carpaccio and sauteed exotic mushrooms with chorizo and goat cheese. The beef is sliced to order and was drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with coarse salt and truffle. The beef was so tender it literally melted in our mouths. It was perfectly seasoned - complimented but not overwhelmed. The mushroom dish was delicious as well, with the star of that dish being the goat cheese. It was fresh and creamy and mild. The pasta course (which comes with every meal) was served with a house-made sauce which was perfect. The fun of the pasta dish was that it was served with chili oil, which served as a nice addition to the sauce. For dinner, we ordered the lamb chops and the scallops. The lamb chops were grilled and served with an amazing honey truffle mustard. It was tender and flavorful. The scallops were the largest I have seen. They were pan seared absolutely perfectly and served over a sweet chili sauce. The vegetables for that day were cabbage with pears and butternut squash. Vivo serves their vegetables at room temperature, a prospect which was off-putting to hear but surprisingly good to eat. I am not usually a fan of cabbage, but this was some of the most tender and non-bitter cabbage I have had. Salad was served after dinner and was good but not noteworthy. However, the dessert was certainly something to write home about. We had the homemade "Heath" gelato, and mascarpone cheese with nutella, crushed amaretti cookies, and fresh berries. Both were excellent, but the mascarpone was exceptional. We made it out of there, full and happy, for $110. I think that is a very reasonable price for a five course meal of that caliber!
Pathetic--not family friendly. I was part of a group who were mistreated by the staff. This is clearly NOT a family friendly place despite what they advertise or what others tell you. They have no realistic expectations of child behavior--should've been honest upfront and just say "we're not prepared to handle kids." How this restaurant get a "$$" for meal price is beyond me; there is no way in HELL that you can get a decent meal without spending at least $50+ per person. I am also terribly disappointed by one of the reviewers who stated that their experience were "ruined" by others' children. Blame the owners. You can only expect so much from toddlers. The reviewers or the staff probably never dealt with kids of their own. The WORST is how they felt necessary to single out the race of the alleged people at fault. In a city where a significant number of celebrities are Asian, I find it especially disappointing that people of different ethnic origin are still discriminated against, as if non-Caucasian people cannot appreciate fine dining in the United States or always appear uncivilized in public. Just beware of both the ownership as well as the clientele when you plan to visit Vivo.
All Around Wonderful. I took my three best friends to Vivo for Valentine's Day; it was the most perfect Valentine?s dinner ever! We arrived at 7:30 and did not leave till nearly 11. Not once did we feel rushed. The feel of the resturant was as if we were in Europe and we had all the time in the world. The server was friendly and the ambience was fantastic. The food, oh the food!! I had the salmon, which was one of the best pieces of salmon that I have ever had. Not over cooked not under cooked, just wonderful. Everything is al a carte, but worth it. Vivo is not a place that I will go every weekend, but for those special occasions it is number one on my list. Where else will the Chef come out to your table and talk to you about the food he has cooked?
First of all, if you have toddlers, please don't take them to Vivo. It's not that you won't be welcomed by the staff. It's that you'll ruin the evening of the other customers. People go to Vivo to experience unique ingredients, exotic tastes, a wonderful ambience, and good service. No toddler could appreciate what Vivo has to offer. And nobody who's about to shell out $125 for two dinners wants to hear your toddlers babble and whine. Yes, I have two toddlers of my own.
I've been to Vivo about fifteen times. The food at Vivo has, on about ten occasions, blown me away. It was merely very good a few times, and I was a bit disappointed once. I've been "blown away" by a restaurant no more than twenty times in my life, so Vivo's accomplishments in that regard are staggering.
I love their gelatos. I love their veal chops. I love their beef tenderloin (rare, oh rare). I love all the associated accoutrements -- the exotic mushrooms, the beans, grains, herbs, etc. It's all great.
If you're a foodie, pray tell where else in Pittsburgh one can regularly feast on new or unique cheeses, fish, beans, mushrooms, whatever -- and actually *learn* about food while you eat. Where else will the chef come out and explain (if you ask) the origins of each ingredient? Where else will the chef let you take a small sampling of the ingredients home? Where else do you get your vegetables at room temperature?
[Note: if you don't like vegetables at room temperature, arrive armed with a special request]
As for pricing, I agree that it's expensive. A dinner at Vivo may not always represent a good "value." But if I have to pay a premium of, say, $10 per plate to support the existence of a tiny and impossible-to-replace restaurant that I love, so be it. I only wish I had the same attitute before Roberto's Pizzeria left town for New Jersey.
That's worth it to me. Five stars to Vivo.
Regarding above review. My finance and I were at vivo the night the folks below were there and they completely ruined dinner for everybody in the place. Their kids wouldn't stop shrieking and charging around the place, it was horrible. The waitress asked their 4 year old to keep seated about 2 times because she almost tripped over the little brat. The husband and wife were happy to destroy our romantic evening with their little monsters until the bill arrived when they started to get indignant about the price. I don't know how much an incredible dinner costs where they were from (korea) but in America 5 star dining is expensive. Bottom line, don't pay any attention to the above reviewers and god help you if you ever get stuck in a restaurant with them.
Bring your kids and your appetite. Vivo is like going to your grand mother's for dinner. Nice friendly atmoshere great food and service.Best sauce in town, my daughter can't get enough of it. Loved the verbal menu thought it added to the charm and don't worry they are willing to repeat as many times as necessary. Contrary to another review Vivo is very child friendly, we frequent the restaurant as do some good friends of ours. We both have children and they have been going there since age 4 and are now 8 !!! Perhaps it was the specific behavior of the children of the other reviewer and not the restaurant or staff......food for thought . Bring your kids and your appetite to enjoy a warm atmosphere and great food!
Vivo. I went to Vivo's at 8:30 pm on November 14. I received 3 expired soda's that were flat and was charged for it. The dish I ended up picking was a beef brisket dish. When I recieved the dish the bottom piece was burned to a crisp the sauce was very bitter and the mushrooms did not compiment the sauce. The salad ar the end was mixed greens with olive oil. No tast just bitter. This was the worst experience I have ever had at a so called classy place. I have eaten at Spago in LA and also some of the nicest places in Pittsburgh. I was extremly disappointed and would not reccomend this place to anybody. They charged me 92.00 for a meal that was not worth it. My husbands was satisfactory. He like the sauce but was not satisfied with the menue because he does not eat vegtables. They did not offer to make him something different. We payed the bill to be nice because other people were in the place however I will persue this matter with the owner.
Best in the 'Burgh. My husband and I are frequent guests at Vivo's, as are several of our friends. We eat out elsewhere (Dish, Cafe Allegro) but find that Vivo always offers kind and helpful service, lovely and innovative food, a relaxing ambience, and fair pricing -- one gets a nice-sized entree with two or more vegetables on the plate, plus a side of pasta and a salad. Appetizers and dessert are separate, as are beverages; the cost is reasonable indeed for such good food. And they ARE child-friendly -- I have seen many well-behaved children enjoying their meals with their parents there.
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