If your looking for an Italian place for great food, semi casual, come-as-you-are atmosphere, and tremendous value, Il Vicino's is definitely the place. I consider their food to be one of the best choices for italian in Albuquerque. Their menu presents a very good selection, from which I have always been pleasantly impressed! Pastas, Baked calzones, pizza... And to wash it down, a decent selection of beer on tap or, for those who prefer wine, a good variety of the vino.
To characterize the atmosphere of Il Vicino's, I would say it is a semi-small space, appearing as a cross between Dion's and Scarpa's, with a neat little bar top along one side. While not the best place for a larger party, it is however, the perfect place for your gathering of 2-6 people.
I was surprised at the value of the menu offerings, and happy to sit down to enjoy my meal without feeling as though I was bleeding to death of a credit card wound upon drink re-orders.
All things considered, I've never been disappointed with any of my many meals here, and I highly recommend Il Vicino's as a quick and delicious meal stop for the resident and traveler alike, as well as a wonderful sit down destination for the getting-to-know-you dinner date.
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