I've eaten at Vivo several times since it opened and been quite pleased with the food and the service. The menu is interesting and it is difficult for me to fully categorize it other than to say, perhaps, fusion. There are usually 8-10 appetizers and an equal number of entrees. Something I always order is their pasta with what they call 'simple red sauce' which is always one of the lesser-known bite sized pastas (homemade) with an intensely-flavored puréed tomato sauce. They will make it up as an entree-sized portion on request, and with a glass of one of their many nice red wines and some bread one can have a very wonderful meal. In my experience the staff are pleasant, and the owner always comes over to see if all is to your satisfaction. He is quite proud of his wine list (and should be) and can intelligently discuss the offerings. The list has tasting notes, which are reflective of the wineS that I've tasted. Bring your own wine if you want, but there is a $15 corkage fee. (As an aside, I was having dinner with a German friend and for dessert brought along a '99 Maximin Grunhaus Abtsberg BA from my schatzkammer - which was sublime - and the owner and his daughter (our waitress) were each invited to have a taste. They liked it and we briefly discussed it; it's that sort of place.) The decor is functional, spartan or linear, depending upon your reaction, plus there is outdoor seating in nicer weather.
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