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Lauren Saria

Vivo! Ristorante

Lauren Saria
Vivo! Ristorante has established itself as one of the more refined dining spots in town. Its pedigree helps: Vivo! is the latest offering from Phoenix restaurateur Tomaso Maggiore, creator of Tomaso’s and several other popular local Italian eateries. Maggiore’s latest restaurant specializes in seafood, pastas, and wood-fired pizzas. Its more original conceits include a mozzarella bar and a handful of daring entrees (like eggplant torte, slices of eggplant baked with cheese fondue, and squid-ink “black” pasta with seafood). Upscale yet inviting, it’s patterned after old-time, uptown supper clubs and features a wraparound bar that separates booths from tables in a single large, open room. Specialties include sfincione pizza; an antipasto charcuterie board, and a trio of homemade pastas. Ask for the whole-fish bronzino, served only at lunch time.

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