We travel to PV two to three times per calendar year and one of our favourite activities is to spend an evening walking the Malecon and "sniffing out" new interesting places to eat. On our most recent visit to PV and the Malecon in December 2012, we began our olfactory adventure at the Cheeky Monkey where we had a few beer. margaritas, and appetizers while we watched another spectacular sunset. Next we walked the Malecon into Old Town. We have friends who winter in PV and have told us about the fabulous restaurants they have enjoyed so our goal was to let our noses guide us to a new restaurant. We walked by many interesting establishments and one restaurant even featured a live saxophone player (as a sax player turned guitarist this made an impression on me). We walked down to Andele's, had a beer, and decided that the menu wasn't what we were interested in that night so we began walking back down the Malecon towards the Cheeky Monkey. Over the din of the the street performance and crowds of people walking, I could hear the jazzy wail of a tenor sax and set a course for the source of the music. A few minutes later we end up at Vitea Oceanfront Bistro, located at Libertad #2 and Malecon Centro. Vitea is open 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. and features breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. We arrived at about 9:30 p.m. and reviewed the menu displayed at the door. None of us were ravenously hungry, but decided we should have something before returning to the hotel. In addition to the fabulous live sax music, the menu suited our appetites perfectly. We started out with a basket of assorted breads and spreads which were excellent. My wife and I ordered a bottle of Malbec and I should have taken a picture of the bottle as I have forgotten the name and can't find it on their online wine list. I remember it was a particularly good wine and reasonably priced. My friend and I each ordered a half-order of Penne a la Carbonara; not only was the half order a match for our smaller appetites, but the pasta served was a perfect el dente and the carbonara sauce light, creamy, and oh so tasty. My wife ordered the Assorted Artisan Cheese Platter served with Grilled Garlic Bread and her friend ordered Yam Ravioli served with Shrimp - the girls shared with us and each other and found the artisan cheese platter and yam ravioli really went well together. We finished our late night dining with an exceptional cappuccino. We were impressed with the quality, preparation, and presentation of the food and the service was professional. The total for my wife and I was less than $100 including an 18% tip. Food and beverage aside, Vitea decor is Mediterranean inspired and inviting (despite the butt-buster chairs we sat on!) and the live music creates an engaging and relaxing mood that was the perfect decorum for our evening meal. Vitea boasts an amazing Malecon location that is open to the beach and we really enjoy open-air dining and next time we will ask for a table in the front patio section of the restaurant. Great food, excellent wine, fantastic service, fabulous location. We will be back!
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