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Vivo Italian Restaurant in N. Raleigh

Does anyone know anything about this restaurant? It's on Six Forks Road, across from Celebration at Six Forks in the spot that used to be (briefly) Vesuvius, before that Bear Rock and Atlanta Bread Co. They have no website that I can find and their Facebook page is very cryptic and hasn't been updated since late January. I've heard through the grapevine that it's owned by one of the Cinelli family but I don't know that for a fact. They opened in late January and have a Now Open sign hanging outside, but all else is a mystery.

So, has anyone been/seen a menu/know anything at all about the restaurant?

Vivo Ristorante Pizzeria
7400 Six Forks Rd, Suite 2
Raleigh, NC
(919) 845-6700

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  1. I can find out for you and report back! I've got a source. ;-)

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    1. re: Tehama

      eeeehhhhhh - heard back. Not good - at all. Since I don't have first-hand experience I will not go into a lot of detail, but I'll say that I got the information from a person we can all implicitly trust.

      Looks like may be a new concept from folks that opened Tony C's in Cary in the past. I did find some other blogs about that place:

      Tony C's Pizzaria - Cary
      Rating: 3 - 10 reviews

      See comments in: Greg Cox: Tony C's in Cary | Eating in Raleigh, NC

      1. re: Tehama

        Wow, that is majorly rough. But I appreciate the words of one the insiderpages.com reviewers who said, "We ate there so you don't have to." I believe that I will accept his/her advice until I hear differently.

        Thanks for the report. Too bad, the location is very convenient for me. Oh, well.

        1. re: rockycat

          Just noticed this, FWIW. Sounds a bit contradictory to what you've heard, Tehama, but I think I'll still sit back and wait on this one.

    2. OK. I decided to take the plunge and be the one to potentially "take a bullet" for our local CHers. Just had lunch at Vivo's. To my surprise, it was excellent. Everything does seem to be made from scratch and very fresh. My husband has their soup and 1/2 sandwich lunch special. It was a Toscana soup with white beans, roasted tomato, and spinach. He loved it and said it was one of the best soups he's had in a while. The grilled chicken panini was big (it would be hard to finish a whole one), the bread was nicely crisp, and it was chuck full of good-quality mozzarella and roasted red pepper.

      I had lunch-size chicken parm w. spaghetti (properly al dente). There was a competently cooked slab of fresh chicken. The tomato sauce was nicely balanced (could have used just a tad more spice but I think it's perfect for most popular tastes.)

      So this was a very nice lunch outing. Service was just fine. We'll be back.

      So, I would ignore the low ratings for that other restaurant in Cary and check Vivo out. I spoke to another set of diners and they praised their food as well.

      So, thanks Rockycat for the nudge to try it out. Hope to hear more reviews -- especially for the more extensive dinner offerings.

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      1. re: TerryG

        Funny, we were considering going for lunch today but opted instead for the Berkley Cafe. Hardly fine dining, but a sentimental choice, that's where we had our first date.

        I appreciate your review. We'll definitely have to get over there at some point.

        1. re: rockycat

          Wow! Berkeley Cafe is sentimental for me, too. I used to work very close to it. Good burgers as I remember and great homemade chips, too.

        2. re: TerryG

          Is it considered red sauce which has been bemoaned on the boards?

          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            Red sauce? Yes. But no, it is not that extraordinary red sauce place common to NYC, Philly, or Boston we've all been hoping for. I was pleasantly surprised based on the negative reviews for the Cary establishment, but I wouldn't call it a destination spot. But if you are in the area, it's perfectly respectable.

        3. Headed there tonight and will let you know how it is!

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          1. re: foozed

            And for the suspicious ones... I can assure you I am not someone trying to bump of Gianni's restaurant ratings..

            I am a 10 year veteran of his starting with the original Cinelli's on six forks (which was across the street from this new location) which he sold to my buddies Glenn and Chef Eddie... who absolutely failed at restaurant management but was a place I loved.
            Then I loved Gianni and Gaetano's in Wakefield before the 2 brothers got pissed at each other while they were opening up the pizza joints.
            Then lets see.. restaurants opening and closing.. some rumors of unpaid bills and the such...
            Now they're sorta back.. split as it is..
            So I'm learning from this thread this one is Gianni... not his brother Gaetanno (is he still running the other pizza joints?)

            Anyway.. I'm just a foodie who eats everywhere.

            I'll let ya know how it is and hope that they don't send the crew down from NJ/NY to take me out for posting this.

          2. Just posted the following on Yelp.

            The place has potential. It been awhile since I have had authentic Italian but it did seemed to be authentic Italian food. This is not a good point for me as I personally like Americanized Italian food as I find most authentic Italian to be a little bit on the bland side, with this establishment being no exception to that observation. As a FYI I lived in Italy so I know the difference from first hand experience.

            First the good:
            1. Friendly staff
            2. Cozy family atmosphere

            Now the bad:
            1. No bread was served.
            2. Poor wait staff (water was never refreshed, and the food took forever)
            3. In another table they arbitrarily substituted cheeses in a pasta dish when they ran out of the proper cheese. After making them wait forever.
            4. Small portions and no side dishes

            In summary I was not impressed and I will most likely not return to this establishment, but if you like authentic Italian, are not too hungry, and are not in a hurry maybe you should give this place a try.

            1. My wife and I ate there recently. Salads were very good, Tuscan soup - amazing. Margehrita pizza - authentic. They made my wife an eggplant rolitini entree that was not on the menu. No hassle.

              Pizza and sandwiches always available, so it doesn't have to be an expensive meal.

              It had a few new restaurant growing pains, but overall very good food. We'll go back.