Alright, so I've lived all over the world, California, London, etc but I grew up in Vermont and have yet to find a restaurant that can compare to Mio Bistro. The owners/chefs Beverly and Leo are extraordinary people as well as chefs. They are always willing to do anything possible to accommodate guests, as well as provide an amazing dining experience.
So my best friend and I went in for dinner this evening and received exceptional service as soon as we entered. Ali, our waitress, was extremely attentive and friendly and helped us to decide between the exquisite specials, as well as the normal menu.
We decided on the wild shrimp and avocado salad, french onion soup, the free bird chicken done thai style, the wild sea bass with fra diavolo and crab and asparagus risotto. (We shared the two entrees).
The wild shrimp and avocado salad is a favorite. With crisp local mixed greens, succulent juicy shrimp, fresh, tangy salsa and a warm tomato-based sauce the shrimp is sautéed in, it makes for the perfect appetizer.
I can't speak for the french onion soup, considering I didn't eat it but that bowl was empty.
Let me tell you, I'm a foodie, and this sea bass was the best thing I've ever eaten out at a restaurant hands down. The fra diavolo added the perfect amount of heat and dimension to the perfectly moist sea bass. It also added the perfect balance to the creamy texture of the decadent crab and asparagus risotto, which was perfectly cooked I might add, something difficult to find with risotto at a restaurant. I can't even describe how delicious it was. I was ready to lick the plate. (it's only a special so it won't always be there but pray that when you go it is).
As for the thai chicken, it was moist and juicy with a little spice from thai peanut sauce and pepper that was tastefully cut by the sweet coconut curry sauce atop the chicken as well as a wild rice medley and sautéed summer vegetables. It's a dish I've had before and consistently return to because it is unique and always done well.
I was so full, after those mastered entrees but I'm a firm believer in dessert so I couldn't say no when presented with a dessert menu.
We went for the chocolate lava cake. No regrets. Perfectly moist and warm. The perfect ending to a perfect meal for any chocolate/dessert lover.
If you don't stop into this place when you're in the Southern Vermont area. You're an idiot.
They are the only certified "green" restaurant in the area, everything is made fresh to order with never frozen ingredients and all of the ingredients, including meat, are humanely raised and mostly bought local.
Simply a must.
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