Monday, June 2, 2014

Vito's by the Park

Every so often, it's fun to have an extra special dining-out experience.

We had one recently at Vito's by the Park in Hartford, Connecticut.

Robert Maffucci, owner and chef, made caesar salad dressing and a flaming fruit dessert at a table right next to where guests were seated.

"When you are here, it's like you're in my house," the personable restaurant owner told guests. 

The dressing he whipped together was delicious, anchovies and all.

Even the croutons melted in one's mouth. They were light and delicious!

The meal to follow also included pasta, of course, chicken parmesan and chicken with a mushroom sauce, all served family style.

All the yummy rolls and other breads are made right at the restaurant.

 The "fruit" dessert was definitely the pizazz.

Mr. Maffucci mixed butter ("which makes everything taste very good, " he said) and brown sugar in a big pan over heat. 

 Then, into the warmed butter and sugar mixture, he added what we identified as chopped honeydew melon, cantaloupe, apple chunks, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries!

 He added Llord's banana liquor and Myer's dark rum to the mix, which made an almost transparent flame above  the pan.

He tossed everything over the heat before spooning the now yummy fruit concoction into glasses.  Apricot mascarpone cheese topped each dessert.

Be sure to check out the restaurant's website. It even includes some cool videos!

 There are two additional restaurants owned by the family, both located in Connecticut. 



diane.stetson said...

I like to order something I would not make at home like Prime Rib of Beef and for dessert I love anything made with apples. That fruit dessert would have been just right for me...Yum yum.

Hindustanka said...

Oh it looks indeed like kitchen in the house, not like restaurant. Food seems to be really yumm! That dessert thing - I am tempted! God bless the chef and the owner (in one face).

Linda O'Connell said...

That dessert looks and sounds delightful.

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

Oh my goodness. It looks delicious. xo Laura

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh boy does this look yummy! Thanks so much for sharing.

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: This food is very appetizing. When I go to eat at a restaurant I always ask desserts and seafood. Keep in touch

Susan said...

Me and my grands love to watch guacamole made at our table and then, we gobble it up! The dessert looks fantastic!

Valerie said...

That dessert looks Yummy! What a fun meal! Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

Chatty Crone said...

I have never had a salad made for me at the table before - cool!

Merlesworld said...

That dessert does look good.
I just like others cooking .

marianne said...

That was an unusual dining experience. Everything looked very delicious, especially the fruit concoction. The chef is right; everything tastes better with butter!

I like to order Thai food as it's something I would not cook at home. I especially like the masamon curry. We are so fortunate to have such a vast array of food to choose from.

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