Wednesday, October 15, 2014

V is for Vino and it also is for Very Good!

Hello Foodie Friends,
I am delighted to share with you my dining experience at Vino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, located in Mizner Plaza in Downtown Boca (in the little strip plaza on the south end of Mizner Park). Although Vino's is not a newly opened establishment, it was the first time I have actually sat and enjoyed a meal there. Their bar is very inviting and the locals can be found hanging out there enjoying a great selection of wines, nibbling on terrific tapas, engaging in conversation whilst listening to live music being performed. Vino's has live music nightly. Last night we heard the sultry sounds of Ms. Chris Janes.

Assorted Olives and Parmesan Reggiano

 The ambiance in the restaurant is quaint and cozy and we had a perfect table adjacent to the bar where we could see the entertainment as well. As an invited guest of Vino's (yeah, it is definitely one of the perks of being a food blogger), we didn't have to make any decisions when it came to ordering. The Chef prepared a wonderful tasting menu for us each paired with the perfect wine selection.
Grilled Calamari with Arugula Salad
Paired with this lovely Chenin Blanc

 The grilled calamari with arugula salad was off the chart fantastic and it paired really nicely with the Chenin Blanc!
Jumbo Prawns wrapped in Prosciutto and served with sauteed spinach on top a Ciabatta crostini
Paired with this lovely Pinot Grigio
The gnocchi, we were told were not made of potato and were very light and "pillowy" and the sauce was extremely flavorful. It paired perfectly with the Montepulciano D'Abruzzo.

Paired perfectly with this Montepulciano D'Abruzzo

Eggplant Parmigiana 
Meatball with Ricotta

 Ah, the Eggplant Parmigiana and the Meatball...these were two outstanding dishes that both myself and my companion enjoyed very much. They also paired very well with the Chianti we were served.
Paired with this lovely Chianti
And just for good measure, we were poured a glass of this amazing Silver Oak Cab

My dinner date, Laura with owner Gary
Gary, the owner of Vino's visited with us for a short bit and was not only charming, but funny too.

Flourless Chocolate Torte 
Paired perfectly with this Malbec

The Flourless Chocolate Torte was out of this world! I have to say it was THE BEST one I have ever had, no lie! It paired very well with the Malbec with its underlying notes of cherry. Yumm!!

Well folks, there you have it. I will definitely be back to Vino's and highly recommend you check it out as well if you have never been or even if it's been a while since your last visit. It's a great local's wine bar where you are bound to run into someone you know (as I did). The staff make you feel welcome and the food and service were excellent. Heather was our wonderful server on this night. On other nights, you just might find her tending bar. 

For more info on Vino's, visit their website.

Until we eat again...
I send you delicious wishes, xo


Denise Righetti
C.F.O. (Chief Foodie Officer)
Denise's Foodie Events & Savor Our City™

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  1. I LOVE Vino! So glad you reviewed them since they deserve the high praise :) Yummmm.

  2. Thanks for the comment Rachel. I'm officially a FAN of Vino's now too. Maybe I'll see ya there sometime!