The name alone is appealing, as vino and pasta are two of my favorite things. Located at 3603 W. Gandy Blvd. in South Tampa, Vino e Pasta is a quaint little Italian spot with big flavor. With 2013 coming to a close, I wanted to spend the last few days indulging in my favorite foods before I get back on track to lose those holiday pounds in January. After a hectic week with work and last-minute Christmas shopping, I was craving Italian comfort food and decided to head over to Vino e Pasta with a friend. It had not been well over a year since my last visit and I was ready to dive into their delicious menu.
My friend and I arrived about 6:30 on a Saturday night. The place was bustling and we did not have a reservation. One of the staff members welcomed us and offered us a table on their covered patio if we did not want to wait for a seat in the restaurant. We chose the patio and were immediately greeted with bruschetta and menus.
As we enjoyed our bruschetta and looked over the menu, we ordered a bottle of Casa di Rocco Pinot Grigio, which I ordered only because my son’s name is Rocco. Instead we received a bottle of Ca Bolani Pinot Grigio and were told it was better. Although I was a tad disappointed that our server did not tell us before bringing a different bottle, we enjoyed the wine and chatted while waiting for our main courses.
All entrees come with a house salad, which is made with plump, juicy tomatoes and a sweet vinaigrette. Simple and delicious, it was the perfect start to a great meal.
While trying to decide what to have for a main course, I was torn. Their menu features not only pasta but seafood, chicken, veal and steak in addition to their daily specials. Since we were drinking Pinot Grigio (my friend does not like red wine), I decided to go with an old favorite that I have not had in years……Veal Piccata. Thinly sliced and topped with a white wine lemon-butter sauce, diced tomatoes and capers, it was everything I wanted and more. With each bite, I could feel all of my troubles melting away and I was lost in a sea of deliciousness. I was so captivated by my dish that I forgot to take a picture of my friend’s dish which was chicken stuffed with spinach and topped with a wine sauce. We both cleaned our plates and soaked up any remaining sauce with bread.
Although we were full, we could not pass up dessert and went with another favorite of mine, Tiramisu. It was the perfect ending to a fabulous meal and we had no problem finishing the entire piece. I am anxious to return and try some of their pasta as well as their Limoncello Seafood Salad that caught my eye. If you are looking for a great spot for an authentic Italian meal, be sure to stop by Vino e Pasta in South Tampa. Cheers![?]