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“A Tarnished Crown”

Hostaria da' Vittorio
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria a Forno legna ( Wood oven Pizza ) By Master Chef Vittorio. The restaurant has more then 15 years of existence. Vittorio is known for his art and passion sins Valentinos and la trattoria el Faro Blanco. We bring you a peace of Italy to Aruba. With traditional, authentic recipes from all over Italy. Hostaria Da Vittorio is ceritfied by the Goverment of Italy (Ospitalita Italiana) as a truly authentic Italian restaurant in Aruba and the Caribbean. From home made pasta's, to imported Italian products such as Prosciutto San Daniele, Prosciutto di Parma, Rocca Reggiano, San Marzano Tomatoes, Vongole Veraci (baby clams) baby artichokes and much more, all over from Italy. Together with amazing Italian wines. Enjoy a wonderful dining experience as our professional kitchen staff cook in front of you, at our inside dining with an Open Kitchen, for more casual or pizza enjoy our lovely Garden outside dining. Open daily from 12 pm - 3 pm Lunch and Dinner 6 pm - 11 pm
Dallas, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A Tarnished Crown”
Reviewed November 30, 2011

Well, something has happened since this past July. I have been visiting this establishment for years, sometimes eating there 4 or 5 times in a week's stay. This time once was too many.
The Food:
The menu remains unchanged (for years) and lacks any sort of innovation. Many items are pre prepped, and frozen into bags like the "fresh" fruti di mare, or frozen in portion sized tin trays, like the still chilled in the middle eggplant. I could go on but I am saddened to see this...
The Service:
There is one woman ("C") that holds this place together and she was off, as I was abruptly told buy the co-owner non-cooking brother "M". The service staff for the most part seem new and is not trained enough to take the floor. Appetizers and entrees arrive with Roulette style of service -- Who had the eggplant? and who was this for?. They do this while our friend "M" badgers the staff from behind with his quirkey gestures and barking tone. I'm guessing he is part of the turnover problem; or it could be his non stop (attempt at) loudly singing along with the looped sound track of "Nobody's Italian Favorites" that's keeping him from working the floor while he struts around like some aged three featherd peacock.
This place is dead unless it rekindles and modernizes the passion that made it stand out as it did once in the past. I wanted it to be great, and we tried real hard to find just one good memory to take back from this visit.
Sadly, this resturant has serinaded itself into sunsets past....

Visited November 2011
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Old Favorites with Contemporary Flair”
Reviewed November 22, 2011

Hostaria da' Vittorio serves up Italian favorites with a bit of contemporary flair. I've had the pleasure of dining here several times over the past couple of years, including this past weekend. Started with the minestrone, which came with a stick of fried polenta, and the soup was well-prepared, meaning the vegetables still firm and the broth tasty. There was also a brushetta to mix things up before the entrees. Osso buco required no knife. The meat fell off the bone. And an old favorite, fusilli in red sauce with crumbled sausage, which really burst with flavor. The restaurant is conveniently located near the high-rise hotel area with lots of parking. If you're at one of the major hotels it's not more than a 5-10 minutes walk, less from Hyatt/Radisson/Playa Linda. There is both inside and outside dining available. The wait staff is professional and attentive.

  • Visited November 2011
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Orange
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35 reviews
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“Very Good Italian Food”
Reviewed October 24, 2011

My wife and I visited Hostaria da' Vittorio for dinner one night. The restaraunt was very clean and it was neat to be able to see the chef prepare your food. The service was good and the owner checked each plate as it left the kitchen area. I had the chicken parmesian and my wife had a penne pasta dish. We felt good about spending our money here as both of us were satisfied with our dinner.

  • Visited October 2011
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New York, NY
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“Excellent Italian food and ambiance”
Reviewed September 15, 2011

We had a large group and were received with open arms, charm and grace by the owner who spent about 15 minutes chatting with us. Food is very good, large portions. Recommend this restaurant over other Italian places in the area.

PS They also have brick oven pizza but we did not try it.

  • Visited August 2011
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New York
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“Excellent Italian food”
Reviewed August 31, 2011

Aruba is packed with crummy Italian restaurants serving up canned meals. But Hostaria da'Vittorio is the real thing. Everything I ate here tasted great and was made fresh in the restaurant. The staff are friendly and quick. Make sure to ask for the cannoli stuffed with gelato!

  • Visited August 2011
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