This past week I finally had the opportunity to dine at Pizzeria Vivace with Ditte Lokon. Anything that Daniel Scordato does seem to work well. He’s the guy with restaurant magic.
Pizzeria Vivace is located at St. Philip’s Plaza and it competes with itself with Vivace and Albert Hall’s Acacia. On the Wednesday night we were there, the Pizzeria was buzzing at 8:15 while the other two restaurants had almost emptied.
First, the wine by the glass prices – yikes, wine is reasonably priced. My pet peeve is going into a restaurant and not being able to order a glass of wine for less than $9. Wines by the glass ranged from $4.50 to $6.75; bottles from $15 to $48 with most in the $20-$30 range.
Ditte opted for 14 Hands Riesling for $6/glass and then later Poggio Chianti for $4.50. It was the biggest glass of wine I have seen poured in awhile. We could’ve bathed in it. I drank a bottle of Moretti beer for $3.25.
Here’s a lowdown on Pizzeria Vivace’s menu – appetizers range from $7.95 to $11.95 plus $1 per person for garlic toast; salads $3.95 to $7.50; 12-inch pizzas $12 to $17; desserts hover around $5.
We started with antipasto for two ($11.95). The roasted asparagus, spinach-cheese frittata, three kinds of salumi (Italian meats) and three kinds of cheese plus garlic toast were artfully placed on a white square platter. The presentation and portion size was a good fit.
There are nine pizzas to choose from. Amazingly, we both leaned to the prosciutto, arugula, and fresh tomato pizza ($14.50) with Parmigiano Reggiano shavings over fontina and mozzarella. This pizza reminded me of a similar pizza that I ate at Vero Amore about a month ago, except at Vero Amore the crust was thinner.
Of course, we couldn’t finish the pizza (Ditte took it for breakfast) but that didn’t stop Ditte from pushing me over the edge and ordering dessert. When the chocolate hazelnut gelato with chocolate sauce and hazelnuts ($5.50) came to the table, all eyes in this part of the restaurant followed it, some people’s mouth were even agape. The dessert was huge. I asked the waiter, “Are you sure that’s only one dessert?” He nodded affirmative. Four people could’ve shared.
The above prices quoted are the dinner menu. I didn’t look at the lunch menu; there is no takeout.
There’s no shortage of decent pizza in Tucson and now Pizzeria Vivace just added to the competition.
Pizzeria Vivace is located at 4280 N. Campbell Avenue, suite 55 (formerly 58 Degrees), 529-2700. Lunch is served Monday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner Monday-Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 4 to 10 p.m. No reservations are not accepted.