About four years ago, a man named Clyde Mart owned Vito’s in Aurora and chef Keoko Turner was running the kitchen. Through a mutual friend, Clyde asked me to help with his publicity and Jamie with some creative work (we both work in PR and advertising). After meeting with them both and sampling just about everything on Keoko’s new menu, we quickly and happily agreed to freelance for them. Keoko was (is) a very talented chef and impressed us both, especially with his braised short ribs, of which we compare everything to.
Sadly, Keoko moved to Atlanta and Clyde sold the restaurant. The new owner turned it back into more of a family Italian eatery.
We haven’t been back to Vito’s since the change until 6 or so months ago. While out running errands, we decided to stop in and see what has become of the place. Jamie had a pizza and I had the eggplant parm. I didn’t care for the eggplant (too greasy and a bit overcooked), but his pizza was really quite good.
On Friday night, we decided to pack up the baby and head back to Vito’s for a pizza. We started off sharing a salad (it’s really plenty for two), with a really good balsamic and shallot dressing, and a large pizza, half pepperoni (Jamie) and half prosciutto (me).
I wouldn’t award Vito’s as having the best pizza in town, but it is pretty good. The thicker crust is slightly chewy and the sauce a bit sweet but tasty. The prosciutto was perfect.
The atmosphere and service is great, too. It’s what you might imagine a small family Italian place to be – quaint and cozy with plenty of Italian artifacts sprinkled throughout.
While I haven’t tried anything on the menu aside from the pizza and eggplant, I can only assume the other items must be good because the place is always packed (or that others aren’t as picky about Italian food as I am). When we got there on Friday around 6ish, we had to sit upstairs because the downstairs was packed with reservations.
Even though Keoko is long gone, we like it there. It’s a nice place to go for a pizza, especially now that we have a little one.