San Vivaldo Trattoria--everything it was supposed to be!
I have read several posts about Chef Alfie and San Vivaldo Trattoria in West Warwick. I finally got the chance to eat there while visiting my Son who is in College down there. Last things first; it was GREAT.
My Wife, Son and I arrived and were immediately seated in a tiny room with only about 5 table. The two hours we were there there was only a half dozen other diners. We were given some rustic bread with a little infused olive oil. The bread was dense and crusty. Chef Alfie talked with us a bit, basically I told him that my Wife is allergic to shellfish, but other than that we wanted him to feed us a variety.
Appetizer was bruschetta, very good, but fairly standard and some nice small greens with a balsamic dressing. The real star was the stuffed pepper. Not entirely sure what it was stuffed with but it was great. I would say mainly a mushroom pate but with some other flavors.
For dinner, we had three separate entrees, but shared all of them all around. I had a "sweet and sour steak" with roasted peppers. Very flavorful. The sauce was wonderful, but I have trouble defining it. The steak was maybe a bit more done than I like, but nothing to worry about. I did not specify how I wanted it. The mushrooms in the sauce were incredible; had to fork fight my Son over them.
My Son had a Veal Scallopini. This was probably overall my favorite meal. The veal was tender, the sauce wonderful. My Wife had a salmon and pollack dish with risotto. The fish was fine, but the risotto was out of this world. It was nutty, chewy and when mixed with the sauce it was out of this world.
Desserts were a chocolate cake with a chocolate glaze and chocolate chips. Perhaps the best chocolate cake I've ever had. We also tried a pumpkin cake that my Son love; very moist and flavorful and light, not dense like most pumpkin cakes I've had. The Cannoli was also very good (I'm not a fan of cannolis so I can't compare it to others, but the filling was really tasty).
Three appetizers, dinners and desserts, along with two glasses of wine came to about $110.
I also got a pizza to go, which I ate as a midnite snack and lunch the next day. It was really good as well (about $16.)
Chef Alfie was great. It reminded me of my Mom's place years ago, just her and my Sister ran the whole place, so you didn't want to get on their bad side, but if you were there to relax and enjoy it was super. Chef Alfie also mentioned that he was going to be focusing on expanding as a pizzeria, since gourmet food was a tough sell in this economy. His Assistant Georgie did say they were still going to do regular meals, as well.
San Vivaldo Trattoria
570 Providence St, West Warwick, RI 02893