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"Italian Cooking at it's best"...
The contemporary & glamorous surroundings of Viva Italian Restaurant on Dale Road Matlock and the simple Italian food they serve make for an unforgettable Italian experience.
Italian cooking is all about using the freshest possible seasonal ingredients and skilfully using basic cooking techniques to enhance their flavour.
You can witness the cooking techniques for yourself at Viva as it has an open kitchen which brings the restaurant to life, this friendly lively atmosphere is great for parties, functions and business meetings.
It was my pleasure recently to go along with my partner to savour the delights of Viva Italian Restaurant. The warm & friendly staff greeted us both and directed us to our table. There was lots to choose from their extensive menu .My partner ordered 'Special Olives' for his starter and I ordered Bruchetta. The olives had been marinated in olive oil and were served beautifully with shavings of parmesan, herbs rocket with some garlic bread on the side.
My Bruchetta looked so appetising, chopped cherry and sun dried tomatoes, basil,rocket , feta cheese, olives and red onion served on ciabatta bread, with parmesan shaving and drizzled with balsamic vinegar the combination of the fresh flavours was delicious. I had a glass of house wine and my partner had a Peroni beer with our meal, which we enjoyed whilst waiting for our main to be cooked. The restaurant was surprisingly busy for mid week, and we had a view of the open kitchen so could see all the activity taking palace with the chefs preparing the food that evening. For our main course my partner ordered a Piccante Pizza labelled on the menu as hot, the pizza was topped with Bolognese, Pepperoni,jalapeno and red onion and mozzarella cheese. The thin crispy base and the topping was very tasty and didn't disappoint on the hotness.
For my main I ordered Beef Rosmarino, tender pieces of beef fillet cooked in red wine with mushrooms,onions,capers,olives,rosemary and a hint of Napoli sauce, served with potato wedges as recommended by our waitress. We also ordered three colour garlic bread as a side dish, we could have ordered one of Viva's side salads (Viva Specials, Italian, or a Greco salad) as well but instead but felt we would have one of their salads the next time we visited Viva's The portions were generous and the food was hot and very tasty. Our eyes were bigger than our bellies though. We both cleared our plates,apart from finishing the garlic bread, in fact we decided to take the garlic bread home in a 'doggy bag' to be eaten cold the next day for lunch.
For desert we shared a Tiramisu, along with a Cappuccino and an American coffee coffee to finish. The whole experience was really enjoyable, this is Italian cooking at it's best, and menu prices won't break the bank. We would both highly recommend you go along and try Viva for yourself.
Restaurant Review written by Sharon Shirley
Menu prices of the meal above
Starters:Special Olives £3.95, Bruchetta £4.25
Main Course: Picante Pizza £8.95, Beef Rosmarino £13.95, Three colour garlic bread £3.90
Desert:Torta Tiramisu Tonda x1 £4.25
Coffee: £2.25 each
Drinks:Large glass of house red wine £4.65 a pint of Peroni beer £4.00
Above menu for two £52.40 for two people.