5 p.m., Nov. 10)
Cucina da Vito: Fine Italian dining in the heart of Orléans
By Fred Sherwin
the Oxford Dictionary the phrase “la dolce vida” is translated
as “a life of heedless pleasure and luxury”. Translated
literally it means “the sweet life”. Both meanings could
be applied to the dining pleasure you will experience
at La Cucina da Vito on St. Joseph Blvd.
foodies in Orléans have known about La Cucina da Vito
for months. I myself have meaning to go back ever since
I first had lunch at the bistro-style restaurant at a
friend’s invitation in September.
Vito Di Brizzi and Victor Kost are the co-owners or
Cucina de Vito located on St-Joseph Blvd. next to the
Jean Coutu. Fred Sherwin/Photo
my first visit, I tried the Veal Marsala with a small
Caesar on the side. Both were prepared to perfection.
I am a bit of stickler when it comes to Veal Marsala and
I could find no fault with what I had been served. The
food and the service had lived up to its lofty reputation.
But could it provide an encore worthy of the first act?
decided to revisit Cucina da Vito with a fellow foody
two weeks ago and put the place to the test. We went on
a Friday night and every table was full with what seemed
like an upbeat crowd engaged in various stages of the
looking over the extensive menu, we decided upon the calamari
and the Gamberi alla Sambuca for our appetizers. I then
ordered the Vitello alla Gorganzola, which is a veal scallopini
served with a white wine cream gorganzola sauce.
friend ordered the Carbonara which is the true measure
of any Italian restaurant.
calamari and the shrimp were out-standing – especially
the calamari which was lightly dusted with semolina flour
and cooked to perfection.
for the carbonara, my discerning dining companion gave
it two enthusiastic thumbs up. It wasn’t served in a sauce,
which is the kiss of death when it comes to a true carbonara,
and it wasn’t too dry, which is also a common faux pas.
pièce de résistance was the Tiramisu, made in-house by
chef and co-owner Vito Di Brizzi who is credited with
bringing the traditional Italian dessert to Ottawa more
than 30 years ago. My friend said it was like “eating
the main menu, Chef Di Brizzi is constantly creating interesting
daily specials which help make every visit to the establishment
a unique dining experience.
Brizzi opened La Cucina with his partner Victor Kost a
little over two years ago and business has been booming
ever since. The two men were previously employed at the
former Osteria da Luca restaurant which was located across
of working for someone else, they decided to open up their
own place. It was a match made in culinary Heaven and
Orléans diners are much better off for it. As for the
prices, they are a little on the high side, but no more
so than places like Giovanni’s and Vitoria Tratoria downtown,
and the experience is well worth it. Plus, think of the
gas you’ll save.
more information or to make a reservation visit their
Facebook page at facebook.com/CucinaDaVito/.
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