Cafe Vico - Fine Italian Cuisine
by Tim Slivinski
walk into the dining room, and a smiling man steps forward to
greet you with genuine warmth, a handshake, and a smile that
extends from ear to ear. That man is Marco Vico, the owner of
Café Vico. And everything that greeting represents carries
throughout your dining experience at his warm, intimate
restaurant that seems like sitting down to a delicious dinner at
Whether you opt to sit on the outdoor
patio—a great option on a comfortable breezy night—or in the
dining room, you will be tended to with care. Mr. Vico himself
may approach your table to take your wine or cocktail order.
Settle in, take a deep breath, and prepare your self for an
incredible dining experience.
Appetizers, hot or cold, cover the gamut
from beef carpaccio to a hot antipasto for two.
I personally order the clams oreganata everytime I dine
at Café Vico. A bowl of perfectly cooked clams topped with
savory breadcrumbs, oregano, and parmesan cheese arrive at the
table. Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon on them and enjoy each
delectable bite. I am forever tempted to order a second round.
Yeasty dinner rolls that arrive at the table tempt your senses
with their fresh-baked aroma. Dip them carefully in the garlic
olive oil and you will be in bread/garlic heaven.
If you prefer to begin your meal with a soup, I
wholeheartedly recommend the pasta fagioli. It is a hearyy soup
brimming with beans and pasta, and the rolls are just crying to
be dipped in the well-seasoned broth.
include risotto, several stuffed pasta dishes, homemade fresh
pasta choices, along with chicken, seafood, veal, and pork
entrees. If you are a lasagna maven as I am, Café Vico’s lasagna
is sure to please. A healthy portion of cheesy, béchamel
goodness arrives in front of you. The
Bolognese used to layer between the pasta is chock full of
delicious beef. The béchamel used to finish the dish gives a
creamy, velvety mouthfeel to the dish which is heavenly. My
plate is always clean! Another favorite is the papardelle
homemade pasta entrée. A light garlic oil dresses the al-dente
pasta which is served with Italian sausage and broccoli rabe.
Although it is pasta, it is light and fresh. Ask for a dusting
of fresh parmesan cheese and then dive into a bowl of savory,
If you are a fan of sweet/savory combination
dishes, then try the chicken ravioli. The pasta pillows are
brimming with chicken and ricotta cheese. Then they are topped
with a black cherry and red wine sauce. Each bite offers a
winning combination of sweet and savory bursts of flavor. It is
a combination that works extraordinarily well.
The veal chop Milanese is another favorite. The chop is
lightly breaded and done to perfection. It is then served with a
topping of peppery arugula and cherry
tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese. The crispiness and
spiciness of the arugula is a perfect foil to the veal and the
cheese. It’s a dish that you will return to again and again. In
the seafood category, I usually opt for the shrimp parmesan. The
overly sized shrimp are breaded and smothered in parmesan and
then served over angel hair or linguine pasta. It has become one
of my favorite ways to indulge in shrimp.
If you decide to conclude your meal with
something sweet, try the simple beauty of a traditional cannoli.
The cream used to stuff the crispy shell is never overly sweet
and the addition of the chocolate chips satisfies my need for
dark chocolate. Such a simple but very beautiful ending to a
great meal. If cheesecake is your dessert
temptation, then definitely try the Italian style ricotta
cheesecake. It’s a bit lighter that traditional New York style
cheesecake, and I like the smooth, rich texture of the ricotta.
It’s a wonderful treat.
Café Vico offers full bar service along with
a wonderful wine list dominated by some great Italian varietals.
Service is professional, friendly, and seamless. It is a
restaurant that beckons you to sit back, relax, and let your
senses take control with Vico’s savory aromas and tastes.
It’s a little piece of Italy in the heart of Fort