This place is a terrific restaurant. I am a local and eat here a lot. Make a reservation as they are busy. Very reasonable too.
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I recently learned about Vino restaurant when two different people told me about it in the same week. We went for a Saturday evening meal and could not believe how excellent the food was at a very reasonable price. The mango mouse cake for $4 is now one of my favorite desserts. I was so impressed that I went back with a different group of friends the following weekend. It's now one of my favorite restaurants in Harrisburg.
If you like real Italian food (not Olive Garden pretend Italian) then Vino is the place for you. The owner, Joseph, is from Naples and the cuisine reflects his roots. The restaurant is cozy with a warm and friendly atmosphere. The service is top notch and the food and drinks are reasonably priced. Fresh ingredients are used and portion sizes more than adequate. the mussels steamed in white wine are a great appetizer and the veal dishes are very, very good. There are a variety of fresh pastas and there is enough variety in the menu for just about all tastes. Save room for the desserts, which are also very, very good.
The clientele is predominately adult---couples and foursomes.
Be sure to make reservations, especially on weekends.
My 17 year old foodie/research expert found this phenomenal place for us. We made a reservation for Saturday night and arrived a bit early to our table waiting for us!
We started with fried calamari which was tender and lightly battered - arrived hot with a great marinara for dipping. Then the crusty, fresh, thick bread arrived warm ready to be dipped into olive oil.
For entrees, we had the crab cake, made with chunks of crab and flavor, broiled perfectly to a crisp crust yet moist inside, with an equally tasty aioli; next was fettuccine carbonera with the creamiest sauce and just enough pancetta. Then we had veal Chesapeake - the veal was tender and plentiful with a delicious crab and cheese topping!
We could not finish our entrees, so took home a serving of tiramisu which was equally excellent at about midnight!
We also had soup and salad. Salad was fresh with generous dressing but the soup of the day (prosciutto and bean) was unfortunately too salty for us!
All in all, an excellent meal!
Also got to meet the owner who was gracious and welcoming!
From first entry into the simply chic styling, you realize this is a nice "real" restaurant in the middle of a mainstream older shopping center. It is attached to the pizzeria under the same ownership and the tinted windows make it appear closed, but it is definitely open for business. As soon as I walked in, I was wowed by the wonderful smells. I am not a huge Italian fan due only to the calories and carbs, so my inexperienced cuisine type suggests this is old-world classic Italian. The hostess and waitstaff were very prompt, bringing drinks and warm bread right away. My daughter ordered the steak, which was seasoned and cooked perfectly and served with seasonal steamed broccoli. It arrived piping hot, and I had to prevent her from literally inhaling the meal. I had the seasonal bean soup appetizer, of which I could have eaten a small vat, it was fresh and creative. I ordered the fabulous pasta bracciole and enjoyed every delicious bite; the meat was done up with traditional italian seasoning, raisins and pine nuts, served in a fresh marinara sauce. The pasta was just ready from al dente, the perfect texture. I had a glass of $4 red wine with my meal, but since I was in a hurry for another commitment, nothing more. At $4, you can afford to try a few more!! Overall, the prices are outstanding for what you get on your plate and the wine list is not extensive, but modest and well priced. Last but not least, the owner came out and greeted his guests and visited with my daughter and I. He made sure to personally bring our take-home containers and a plastic bag and saw us to the door. This was a lovely experience and my daughter is already asking when we can go back again!!!