A little over 3 years ago Laurie and I tried a new Italian restaurant in Loudon Tennessee… We are always looking for good Italian cuisine, be it casual or upscale. Either option is hard to find here in East Tennessee.
It was time for another visit and another chance to re-evaluate Vittorino’s offerings...
Vittorino’s is located in a strip mall that’s anchored by a Food City Grocery Store on TN Hwy. 72 in Loudon Tennessee.
As I paid the bill I asked for a ‘to go’ menu and the fact that I blog came up. The hostess asked what name I used for my blog and I told her. She told me that she knew who I was and that her Italian mother wasn’t happy with part of my last ‘review’. For the record, I checked my last write-up and I don’t understand what she might be referring to. On Trip Advisor, reviews of Vittorino’s are mixed and perhaps our hostess had me mixed up with someone else.
The interior of Vittorino’s is pleasant enough and it was clean. Large windows on 2 sides provide lots of light. Lunch traffic was minimal although there was some carry out business too. From what we could see, the restaurant’s staff consisted of our hostess/waitress and a cook/chef in the kitchen.
Our waitress started us out with these ‘gratis’ pizza ‘bread’ slices with parmesan cheese a bit of seasoning and the house marinara sauce for dipping. Laurie had thought it was pretty good the first time and she confirmed her feelings this time as well. I was neutral the first time but I did like it on this occasion. It certainly is a nice touch.
Laurie ordered a luncheon special. It was the Baked Ziti and it came with a side salad. The salad was decent with lettuce, carrots, olives, mushrooms, tomatoes and onions.
The baked ziti consisted of penne rigate pasta with ricotta and mozzarella cheese and Vittorino’s homemade pasta sauce. Laurie liked her entrée and said that she’d order it again.
I’d ordered pizza back in August of 2013 so I decided to try something else this time. What can be more basic than an order of Baked Spaghetti with meatballs? I was a happy camper… The spaghetti noodles weren’t overcooked, the marinara sauce wasn’t too sweet, (unlike many Italian restaurants in the south), and the meatballs were very tasty.
We were happy with our choices during this visit to Vittorino’s. The price was certainly a winner. With tax and tip our bill totaled $19.35! We will have to return again in the short term to revisit the same items that we’d ordered during our first visit. To read my first post from 2013, go to http://bigdaddydavesbitsandpieces.blogspot.com/2013/08/new-italian-restaurant-loudon-tennessee.html.
Vittorino’s Italian Restaurante and Pizzeria is located at 2761 Hwy. 72 in Loudon Tennessee. Phone: 865-408-2422. Vittorino’s is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/vittositalianrestaurante/.
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Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave