Dining at Universal: Vivo Italian Kitchen

By | March 16, 2017

Vivo Italian Kitchen is a contemporary Italian restaurant on CityWalk, another fairly recent addition to Universal Orlando’s growing roster of dining choices in the CityWalk area. During a recent agent training we dined here for dinner.

Vivo Italian KitchenThe interior of the restaurant definitely reflects the contemporary vibe with unique décor and an open kitchen.

vivo italian kitchenvivo italian kitchenvivo italian kitchenThe meal started with warm bread with olive oil for dipping. I also ordered a Chocolate Martini, made with Bailey’s Irish Cream, vodka, and Godiva liqueur. This one comes with a little bit of table-side presentation. It was chocolate-y but not overly sweet.

vivo italian kitchenVivo Italian Kitchen’s menu has a variety of Italian classics, from pizza and pasta to beef and seafood. Most entrees are under $20 so it can be a more affordable meal out. This restaurant also accepts the Universal Table-Service Dining Plan, which is good for all the entrees on the menu, including the $27 risotto with braised short rib.

vivo italian kitchenI ordered the Squid Ink Seafood, which came with black spaghetti topped with calamari, mussels, clams, and shrimp in a white wine and basil broth. All the seafood was cooked well and the texture of the spaghetti was perfect. The broth was flavorful without overpowering any of the seafood.

We were on the Universal Dining Plan, and each restaurant handles dessert on the dining plan differently. Vivo Italian Kitchen had three selections for guests with the dining plan, which did not appear to be on their regular dessert menu. Most of us opted for a brownie-style dessert with a chocolate chip cookie baked into the top, served with ice cream. While it’s not the most unique dessert I’ve ever had, it was warm and chocolate-y.

vivo italian kitchenWe did have one gluten-free diner with us, and she had a gluten-free cheese pizza with red sauce. She said it was fine but kind of bland, though it would be a good choice for kids.

Vivo Italian Kitchen is another solid choice in CityWalk’s dining line-up, and can be a good value on the Universal Dining Plan or paying out of pocket, depending on the items you decide to order. The restaurant does accept reservations, and I’d recommend making reservations if you plan to visit during peak meal times especially on the weekends.

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