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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed November 23, 2021

Went there pre-COVID and was impressed. Went back again tonight, and it was even better. All of their pizza options are excellent, but so is everything else. The stromboli, the chicken picatta, the eggplant roll, and the shrimp scampi are all outstanding. These are restaurant...people. They know what they're doing in the kitchen and in the front of the house. Thank you, Mike, for your obvious hard work and dedication to your field. Your efforts are appreciated and respected. This could be the best Italian place in northern Wake County.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed June 21, 2021

The visit started a little shaky due to a mix-up among servers. Once we settled in Torin took great care of us and apologized for the mix-up. We ordered the 16' Eggplant and Ricotta Specialty Pie. It consisted of Breaded thin-sliced eggplant. ricotta, Crushed Roma...tomatoes, and Garlic. We ordered it crispy and it came out perfect. I highly recommend the pizza and look forward to our next visit to try some other menu items. The Pizza is a legitimate NY Style Pie They have a nice bar which was full and was showing sports on the large TV'sMore

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 25, 2021

The food is standard Italian fare, good pizza, problems with chef's not knowing the difference between piccata and marsala sauce but they made corrections. I would never go again given no one, not the staff, servers or patrons, wear masks, it is full seating capacity...and poor indoor air exchange rates - ceiling fans will NOT properly ventilate the enclosed indoor space. Shame on the owners for not caring about their staff or patrons. The coronavirus is known to be airborne and the majority of cases are in packed indoor environments. Simple things like masks, opening windows, improving air ventilation and not crowding the seating would be the bare minimum I'd expect from an establishment that cares about the health of their employees and patrons.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 13, 2021

Wife told me to bring something home for weekend lunch that was different. After driving by Vivo’s daily pre-pandemic thought we would try it. What a gem we have been missing. Tried spaghetti bolognese , Vodka Rigatoni, and Lasagna. All winners, all tasty, all great...choices. Portion sizes were excellent. New addition to weekend rotation. Looking forward to on site visit post vaccine.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed March 23, 2020

This local restaurant is family-owned and you can feel it when you walk in the door. The smell of olive oil, pasta, fresh basil and pizza greets you at the door. This family knows how to make you feel at home and greets you like...their family. The portions are very generous and the food amazing. I recommend the eggplant parmesan which comes with spaghetti (prepared al dente) and marina are some of the best I've had. You find the restaurant full of locals and weekly regular patrons. The take out service is fast and the food holds well in transport. From Tony at the front door, to Randi in the back, you will have a wonderful, warm experience.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed January 13, 2020 via mobile

Kathryn was great. I had raviolis Mom had spaghetti and tomato sauce. Husband had seafood combo. Generous servings. Great food and service. We will be back.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 15, 2019

I won't judge the entire restaurant based on this one experience, however, the pizza was super expensive and pretty mediocre to poor. Stay away from the pizza.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed December 8, 2019 via mobile

This is a great Italian spot! We have eaten here 4 times within the last year. That’s saying a lot since we love to explore new restaurants. The restaurant has a “homey” interior. The bar area has been renovated and is now big enough to...hold overflow. The menu is exciting and the food is delicious. I went with the Penne Rustica. I added extra spicy and added Italian sausage to go along with the grilled chicken that comes with it. The portions are big and everyone I know brags about their pizza. This restaurant also employs workers with disabilities. Which is a plus! The service is great. Although the last time we went there which was last night, the service left a little something to be desired. But it won’t stop my from coming back.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed October 5, 2019

As a transplant from suburban Philly who grew up in an Italian suburb, I have long given up on finding anything remotely resembling the Italian cuisine I'm accustomed to eating. Sunday gravy isn't a thing here. Humidity works against all things bread. There is water...in Raleigh, not "wooder" ("wooder" being a key ingredient to pizza in the pizza belt). While none of this may make sense to a native Raleighite, for the transplants it will and should serve as a resounding endorsement of Vivo's menu and prowess. We happily stumbled upon Vivo about two months ago on our continuing (20+ years) quest for respectable pizza. Since that time, we have either dined in or ordered take-away weekly; at times, frequenting twice a week. While the pizza is likely the best in the Triangle (perfect sauce: not overly spiced or viscous, and perfect crust: neither sweet nor bland), everything else on the menu we have tried has been outstanding. Beyond the food, the atmosphere is welcoming and pleasant. It's a charming and cosy restaurant. The service has always been attentive. I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed with their experience or their meal at Vivo.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 27, 2019 via mobile

Visited family & this restaurant was recommended. Good choice. We had Crab Encrusted Salmon, chicken parmigiana, veal Marsala & 2 different spaghetti dishes. All very good. Worth a try

Date of visit: September 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Vivo Ristorante

Yes, Vivo Ristorante offers takeout services.

Vivo Ristorante is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5