Italian Red Vino!

Every Italian meal is complemented by Italian wine!  Italy has an amazing diversity of wine for growers from the Alps in the north to the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea.

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If you’re a newbie to Italian wine, bottles can typically costing under $20 and can be fruity and full of aroma.  Here’s a listing of some of our favorite red Italian wines.

Nero d’Avola – pairs well with burgers and meat lovers pizza.  This is tart with red cherry, blackberry and hint of pepper

Montepulicano – pairs very well with salami, grilled meats and cheeses.  Smoky hint to this one with tastes of black fruits and berries.

Negroamaro – pairs well with ribs, chicken and pulled pork.  Tastes of herbs and black fruits make this a popular choice.

Primitivo – pairs well with burgers and meats.  Very bold raspberry flavor with a hint of spice.

Brachetto – a dessert wine that pairs fantastic with chocolate, cake and any sweets!  Sparkling and sweet with berry flavors.

Dolcetto – pairs well with red sauced pastas.  A dry wine with smoky herb flavors and hint of blueberry.

Barbera – pairs well with stews, soups and risotto.  A tart wine with hints of cherry and licorice.

At V’s Trattoria, we invite you to try Montepulciano and an assortment of other fine wines!  Next time you’re out shopping for that perfect wine to pair with your meal, give one of these a try, we know you’ll be pleased you did!

 

 

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Tomato Health Benefits

At our Vito’s restaurants we use farm fresh grown tomatoes from our farm in South Windsor.  Fresh vegetables and ingredients are the best option not only for cooking but also for the nutrients and benefits of eating fresh, farm grown food.

Tomatoes originated from Mexico and Central America and quickly became a must have for all.  Tomatoes come in all shapes, sizes, colors and are enjoyed in salads, sauces, and a array of recipes!

Did you know that tomato studies have shown that people who regularly eat tomatoes, have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease along with other chronic diseases? Tomatoes are high in vitamin A and C, beta carotene and minerals.  They also benefit high blood pressure, the function of the pancreas and improve circulation in the body.  Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and have been known to help reduce asthma attacks and respiratory infections.

So what are you waiting for?  Enjoy tomatoes today in a fresh Caprese Salad! Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar!

 

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Basil’s Health Benefits

At all of our Vito’s restaurants, we use the freshest of ingredients including herbs & spices!  Basil is one of those herbs and we thought you’d like to learn a bit more about this leafy, very green herb’s health benefits!

Basil belongs to the sage, lavender and mint family.  It is full of nutrients and had many purposes in colonial times including being medicinal.  Some health benefits of basil:

  1.  Studies have shown that basil consumption can help prevent cognitive degradation.
  2. Stress reduction have been known with consumption of basil.  There are compounds in the basil that help with managing stress.
  3. Basil is full of antioxidants which can help with anti-aging and fight cancer!
  4. Basil can provide you with energy.  It has copper in it which is a compound that eliminates fatigue & exhaustion.  Often basil is used in smoothies to keep energy levels increased!
  5. Basil can help build strong bones.  Basil is full of Vitamin K which helps keep strong bones.
  6. Basil has been known to reduce seizures in the brain and be beneficial for the nervous system.
  7. Basil can promote healthy digestion and be great for the metabolism!fresh basil leaves

One serving of basil contains an abundance of vitamins including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and folate.  Basil can ultimately help build immunity so what are you waiting for, try some fresh basil today in your next cooking adventure or smoothie!

 

Choosing A Wedding Reception Venue

Planning a wedding and choosing a wedding reception venue can be very overwhelming.  There are many things to consider when choosing the “right” place to host the reception of your dreams, that you can afford and that your guests will love!

When planning the reception of your dreams, you want to make sure you stay within your budget, research reviews and visit each venue on your list. Compare the costs of each venue to what you are getting for your money. This will in fact be the best day of your life!
Some questions to consider when choosing a reception venue:

1. Are there any catering restrictions?
2. Is the venue convenient for the guests?
3. Does the venue fit into your budget?
4. Are there any restrictions?

Vito’s invites you to consider our scenic farm in South Windsor for your wedding reception. With our fabulous cuisine and attentive staff, our farm is one of Hartford County’s most sought after special event venues.

We will make your special day, a day you will never forget! From fresh picked flowers  and fresh vegetables from our farm to the entire reception set up, DJs, Bands and everything in between, you won’t be dissapointed.

You can read more about what Vito’s farm weddings at: http://www.weddingsonthefarmct.com/weddings-events

Choosing the perfect wedding venue is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make!

Remember to take some time and enjoy the process!

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Olio d’Oliva

Olio d’ Oliva is Italian for olive oil!  Did you know olive oil is good for you?  So go ahead and use more of it with your salads and every day cooking!  There are some great health benefits to olive oil so go ahead read on and enjoy that olive oil!!

Anti-Inflammatory –   chronic inflammation can cause serious diseases such as Alzheimer’s, obesity, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, metabolic syndrome and even cardiovascular disease.  Olive oil has been proven to help reduce cases of inflammation.  There are some studies that show that the antioxidants in olive oil can inhibit some of the proteins in genes that cause inflammation.

Protects Against Heart Disease – Heart disease is among the number leading causes of death in the world except for in the Mediterranean!  The Mediterranean diet has quite a bit of olive oil in it.  When consumed the olive oil helps lower blood pressure and protects against oxidation of LDL particles, which helps prevent heart disease.

Pain Relief – Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis may want to try olive oil to help reduce the pain and suffering.

Fights Alzheimer’s Disease – It’s been found in studies that olive oil helps remove plaque from brain cells in mice.  Plaque causes Alzheimer’s.

Antioxidants – Extra virgin olive oil is a good fatty acid with both vitamin K and E.  These help fight off disease and prevent cholesterol build up.

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Craft Cocktails

Vito’s Restaurants are family owned and operated since 1978!  We take pride in our fresh home-made pastas, pizza dough and desserts but did you know we also love to create craft cocktailsCraft Cocktails are seemingly popular these days but did you know they date back to the Middle Ages?

Craft cocktails are a molecular mixology behind the bar that transforms traditional cocktails into super snazzy, taste bud tantalizing, cocktail recipes that will entice your palette and simply have you say “ahhh”!

You can enjoy the following fine craft cocktails at V’s Trattoria in Hartford.

House Craft Cocktails

280 Trumbull 9 ~ house made Limon cello, tito’s vodka ~ ~ blueberries ~

V’s Sangria 8 ~ seasonal recipe ~

Kiss from a Rosé 10 ~ sparkling rosé, malfy gin, elderflower, fresh lemon, honey ~ ~ grapefruit peel ~

Vecchio 10 ~ bulleit bourbon, muddled orange & amarena cherries, demerara, aromatic bitters ~ ~ muddled mess ~

Thyme for a Pear-tini 11 ~ grey goose la poire, pear juice, fresh lemon, thyme syrup ~ ~ fresh thyme ~

 Seasonal Craft Cocktails

Boot’s Popcorn Martini 11 ~ house made popcorn vodka, popcorn simple syrup ~ ~ cracker jack & pretzel rim (caramel or chocolate) ~

Hartford Snow Storm Hot Chocolate 10 ~ butterscotch infused rum, house made cocoa mix ~ ~ adult chocolate whipped cream, cinnamon stick ~

The Stubborn Noggin 11 ~ spiced rum, baileys, kahlua, cream, allspice, egg ~ ~ nutmeg ~ Winter Bubbles 10 ~ Pearl vanilla vodka, prosecco, cranberry juice ~ ~ Cranberries ~ Bottles & Can

Be sure to check out our craft cocktails at our other restaurants Vito’s By The Water and Vito’s Restaurant & Pizzaria of Wethersfield.

Thank you!

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays!  The holiday season is full upon us!  With all the hustle and bustle, why don’t you take some time out for yourself and enjoy any or all of our Vito’s Restaurants? Relax and let us do the cooking for you! We are a family owned business and  we take pride in making our pasta dishes, entrees and desserts from scratch!  We are certain you will love our food from the moment you first try our hand-made pasta or desserts!

This holiday season we have a couple of amazing offers to help you savor an experience like no other!

1.  Save $50 NOW when you sign up to enjoy a private Chef Dinner at V’s Trattoria, as Chef/Owner Rob Maffucci prepares an intimate four course culinary delight for 4 to 10 people. https://vimeo.com/245748403

2.  Purchase $100 worth of gift cards ONLINE by December 24, 2017 and receive a $25 Gift Card FREE! You can purchase gift cards online: https://swipeit.com/product/485/vitos or in any of our restaurants.

We wish you all good health and happiness in the New Year!

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

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The LOVE of Pasta!

Vito’s loves making, preparing and cooking pasta! Did you know there is a general rule about the shape of pasta and sauce to serve it with? Pasta comes in all different shapes and sizes from long, short, flat, round, stuffed, stars and the list goes on.

Pesto sauce is good for long and thin strands of pasta, while tomato sauce goes well with thicker pastas! Cream sauces pair well with thin or small pasta such as angel hair, linguine or penne. Pasta is usually a staple in most homes as well and can be served with tomato, cheese, white and vodka sauces! The combinations are endless! Pasta can be served with an Asian or Indian flare too!

 

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Pasta was first referenced all the way back to Sicily in 1154! A noodle made from unleavened dough with wheat flour, water or eggs is formed into shapes, then cooked by boiling or baking. There were both dried and fresh pasta for all to enjoy! Today, many homes now have pasta makers, grocery stores carry fresh pasta and you can buy fresh pasta from Italian markets. Fresh pasta is usually made with eggs and should be eaten fairly soon after it is made. Fresh pasta also takes half the time to cook than dried pasta. Dried pasta is factory produced has a longer shelf life and it’s made out of semolina flour and water. Once cooked the dried pasta expands unlike fresh pasta that doesn’t expand when cooked.

Who doesn’t love a good pasta dish made from scratch? Freshly made pasta makes all the difference and Vito’s Restaurants are the place to go for amazing homemade pasta dishes! All of the pastas are made fresh daily, from the finest ingredients! We invite you to come to one of our wonderful dining establishments and taste the difference.

Some of our guests’ favorite homemade pasta dishes are:

Lobster Ravioli – Butter poached lobster, mascarpone cream, hazelnut crumbles

Spaghetti Pomodoro – Freshly made spaghetti tossed with fresh tomato and basil

Parpardelle Bolognese – Chef Rob’s cutting edge chocolate truffle pasta, Sicilian meat sauce topped with fresh ricotta & citrus gremolade. *As seen on Food Network!

So don’t waste anymore time, visit one of our fine restaurants today and enjoy the best homemade pasta in ConnecticutVitosct.com

 

PIZZA PIE!

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or should we say Pizza? No matter how you “slice” it, it’s going to be awesome!   Vito’s restaurants pizza dough is made from scratch daily with the freshest of ingredients and is a plethora of cheesy goodness!

Exactly where did pizza originate? Modern day pizza is said to have originated in Naples when tomatoes were added to focaccia bread in the late 18th century. It became more popular during World War II when troops stationed in Italy started enjoying and experimenting with this newly found focaccia bread with sauce. In the 1700s through early 1800s, Naples was a thriving waterfront city where the working class had a very tight budget and had to consume food that was easy to make and quick to eat. The Neapolitans experimented with toppings such as anchovies, garlic, tomatoes and cheese on their focaccia bread and well it was all good after that! Pizza became a delicious, nutritious, easy to make food item!

In the late 1800s, Queen Margherita took a trip to Naples and as legend has it, she became quite bored with her diet of French food and asked for an assortment of pizzas from a local baker. The queen enjoyed the pizza with basil, tomatoes and mozzarella so much that the story goes, the combination was then named the Margherita Pizza!

When immigrants to the United States from Naples arrived in New York and other cities, they were seeking jobs in the manufacturing world. It didn’t take long for the Neapolitans to start making and selling pizza! The first documented pizzeria in the United States was Lombardi’s in Manhattan. It is still in operation today!

So the next time you’re thinking of pizza, think Vito’s! We think you’re going to love it!

You can enjoy our delicious pizza at all 4 of our restaurant locations:

Vito’s Pizzaria, 673 Silas Deane Hwy, Wethersfield, CT 06109

Vito’s By The Water, 1936 Blue Hills Avenue Ext, Windsor, CT 06095

V’s Trattoria & Vito’s To Go, 280 Trumbull Street, Hartford, CT 06103

We look forward to serving you soon!

 

Vito’s 2016 Scotch & Game Dinner

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Vito’s 2016 Scotch and Game Dinner

It sells out every year, so make your reservations now to join us for a night of impeccable Scotch and impeccable food. 5 courses of Chef Robert Maffucci’s inventive and delicious “forest-to-table” creations each paired with a specially selected whisky.

It all goes down on January 28 at 7:00pm at Vito’s By The Water. $95 per person plus tax and gratuity.