New owners inject dynamic and funky look
Vivido is a funky, über-modern Italian that offers both a feast for the eyes and mouthfeel. But best of all, it has new owners, who are just lovely people.
Vivido is not an inconspicuous restaurant, but sits proudly overlooking this beautiful spa town. It has easy parking directly outside and offers various sections inside, affording privacy yet still creating that typical Italian buzz.
As you can see from the pictures, Vivido has a Marmite appeal. I love it, as did my wife; however, I could understand if some said they did not like it. It has been done out with attention to detail and a careful hand; that much is very apparent. I bet on a cold winter’s evening or a dark, damp winter’s afternoon this vibrant Italian would cheer even the frostiest of hearts.
To help with that, they offer the ever-popular Bottomless Brunch every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 am to 4 pm for a two-hour slot. You get to enjoy Prosecco, Aperol Spritz, Peroni and Bellinis – oh and dish from the lunch menu, all for £24.95.
We didn’t opt for that, but we did enjoy garlic mushrooms, £6.95, and grilled prawns in sauce, £8.75. Both were bloody nice; the mushrooms were cooked perfectly – still having that bite without being squishy, and the chef is not shy with the garlic. The prawns were certainly king and, again, not overcooked. If I’m honest, I thought the portion was too big. I never thought I would say that. I don’t know how they make a profit.
he lady serving us was very polite and smiley. She appeared to really enjoy her job; this is refreshing, as so many waitrons can be miserable.
For my main I had a delightful seafood pasta (I asked the chef to make up the dish not from menu). It was stacked with mussels and king prawns, alongside other seafood treats. The pasta was al dente (as it should be), which is difficult when it is in tomato sauce. The chef here certainly knows how to cook. My wife ordered veal escalope with spaghetti Napoli and lemon, £18.95. This dish is not for the faint-hearted; it could feed two. It was outstanding, in both presentation and cookery skills.
A real bonus offered by Vivido is small portions for those who have a lighter appetite. I have never seen this anywhere. I think it is typical of the new owners to try and go the extra mile that maybe other restaurateurs don’t think of.
Vivido is a must for any Italian food lover, but even more, this restaurant is a feast for the eyes and senses. Yes, they do have an Early Bird, too, and a kids’ menu.
16 Cheltenham Crescent,
Harrogate HG1 1DH
T: 01423 566453