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“Lively cafe with great food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Vivoli Cafe and Trattoria

Vivoli Cafe and Trattoria
Hernandez Macias #66 | Centro, C.p., San Miguel de Allende 37700, Mexico
415-152-0045
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Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
maui, hawaii
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25 restaurant reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Lively cafe with great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Add attentive service and you have a great place for dinner in Centro. Daily prix fixe menu is terrific value offering a salad, main, dessert--and even a glass of wine for $199 MP, which works out to less than $20 US. Sauce on the pasta is tasty and homemade. Chicken parm is just like they make back east, crispy outside, tender and juicy inside and served with a side of pasta. Ala carte items are equally varied and well priced. You will enjoy this place which attracts a mixed crowd--all enjoying the food and service.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kingston, Canada
1 review
“Vivoli Cafe is overrated”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Based on a large number of positive reviews on TripAdvisor, I decided to have lunch at Vivoli Cafe yesterday. The menu is extensive and inviting, and the two of us ordered the following: Caesar salad, vegetable soup, Penne Ragu, and Penne with broccoli and chicken. About the only positive thing I can say is that the lettuce in the salad was nice and crisp. The rest of the food was mediocre at best and dreadful at worst. The soup came straight from a can with mushy overcooked vegetables. I selected the penne ragu because a simple delicious tomato and meat sauce is the hallmark of any decent Italian restaurant. This was not! The sauce was a hideous shade of orange and it tasted like Chef Boyardee in a tin. Disgusting. The penne with broccoli was equally bad. Four dishes and all four of them lousy (except for the crisp lettuce). Service was friendly but painfully slow. If you have a hankering for Italian food in SMA, avoid this place and taste the real deal at MiVida.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Bali, Indonesia
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“Very good Italian food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Have eaten at Vivoli twice..both times was very pleased..eggplant parmigiano perfect, thecsea bass in marinara sause was done justvright, , as well as the steamed vegetables...bread 1st rate, coffee (black) excellent, tiramisu freshly made with a wonderful lightness, service professional, and the hostess/ owner Christiana a delight..proce very reasonable....highly recommended!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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The World
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147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
“We had a very good meal with a huge group”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Vivoli Cafe Trattoria & Bar (Hernandez Macias #66, San Miguel de Allende (SMA), Gto., tel. 415-152-0045, web: www.vivolicafe.com). We ate dinner with a huge group at this restaurant and the kitchen and wait staff did a great job. The space for a big group was good too. We had one Eggplant Parmigiano (M$69.50) and one Linguine con vongole (M$119). Both dishes were well-prepared and well served. The restaurant serves good bread with a good pesto sauce. With dinner we had two glasses of Malbec (M$119). Our total was M$328 plus tip and well worth it.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“The Italian Job”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

First class authentic Italian food. Faultless service.
On Wednesdays you can bring your own wine which makes this a steal.
The waiter treats your wine as if you ordered it off the menu.
I had my favourite spaghetti vongole - perfection.
I also sampled nicely cooked calamari and tasty salad.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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