Scott & Sheryl Reed are friends from Wisconsin who have stayed with Ms. Karen and me several times. Last year they dined at Vivace and thought the experience so exceptional they wanted to go again and this time write a review.
With those I know to have discriminating tastes, I will occasionally invite them to write a review for our Southern Arizona Guide. Other friends, including Michael & Diane, have decreed Vivace to be the best Fine Italian Dining in Tucson.
Here’s Scott’s review. With it, and the concurrence of so many others, Vivace Restaurant becomes only the sixth dining establishment in all of Southern Arizona to receive our Five Saguaro rating.
Vivace on North Campbell pleasantly surprised us again. Last year’s dinner was fantastic, and the 2012 visit was even better.
Our reservation was for 8:00, made three days prior. This was the earliest they had. We arrived about ten minutes early, and were shown immediately to our table. Service was attentive, and a great olive oil mixture was brought immediately to the table with the bread. We wanted to have a bottle on Chianti Classico with dinner, and our server suggested a bottle that was less expensive than we were contemplating. It was excellent.
We started our dinner with the grilled asparagus with parma prosciutto to share as an appetizer. It was brought out in separate plates for us, and was a generous portion. We would highly recommend this in lieu of a salad course. It was delicious.
The main course was the seafood lasagnette, layered with a combination of seafood and spinach for me, and pork sorrentino for Sheryl. The lasagnette was quite rich, but had a sauce that was very light and a nice complement. The pork was some of the best I’ve had, with a combination of cheese and marinara sauce baked to perfection over vegetable pasta.
Unfortunately, dessert wasn’t an option: we were already taking boxes home. But the dinner was fabulous, and we can’t wait to visit again the next time we are in Tucson.