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Permanently Closed - Vito's By the Park

3.9
723 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Nestled in the heart of Hartford, overlooking Bushnell Park, Vito's provides a unique casual yet upscale dining experience. Come enjoy from our full bar selection, our fresh raw bar, or our classic Italian cuisine.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday 4:00pm-10:00pm, Thursday - Friday 4:00pm-11:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-9:00pm
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Phone number
(860) 244-2200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Robert Maffucci
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Private party facilities
Vito's offers both private and semi-private facilities for all occasions and all sizes. With extensive menu and specialties we customize to your desire.
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Private party contact
Maryanne Pelkey: (860) 244-2200
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Catering
Vito's offers full service, drop off and complete special event service for lunches, dinners, hors d'oeurves and wine dinners for all occasions and all sizes. With extensive menu and specialties we customize to your catering needs. All catered to your unique location.
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Cross street
Wells St.
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Parking details
On street parking after 6:00pm otherwise metered. Valet- Thursday- Saturday nights starting at 5:00pm. Trumbull St. Garage - pro-rated discount
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
3.9
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CReview (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 21, 2016

Food was very good. Unfortunately, the cold draft from the front door made the entire dining experience chilly. We asked the hostess to move our table away from the door, but it didn't help much. The lit fireplace, while visually appealing, didn't throw any heat. Server was timely and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2016

Love Vito's By The Park! One of my favorite places to go for dinner before heading over to the theatre. Ambience is excellent. Food is absolutely delightful! Well presented and delish!

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vipdeep6oysters (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 2016

Delicious Italian food, fine service, and warm ambiance! A great find!

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TWoman (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2016

I had the chocolate pasta bolognese dish, and it was delicious! Not too heavy, and seasoned just right. Their garlicky bread and sauce is always a treat, and the salad was very fresh and a good size for lunch. Everyone enjoyed their lunches, and we will definitely return!

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Monique (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on October 30, 2016

We had an early dinner on a Sunday night before a show so it was nice and quiet. Can't attest to the noise level on a busy night. I had the signature chocolate truffle pasta with bolognese sauce and my guest had the short ribs. Both were very good. I was nervous about the chocolate truffle pasta but it didn't taste chocolatey at all. Just kind of rich and earthy and very delicious. I would definitely eat here again.

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vipSuzanne (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 26, 2016

Seems the menu changed a bit since we were last there and nothing really stood out though we both had a good meal.
Our waitress was very polite and friendly and did a good job.
One small pointer to her would be to pour a tasting of wine first off to the individual who ordered it rather than 2 full glasses. ..that way it can be tested for palatability, etc.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

Our table wobbled the entire time the service try to fix it however unsuccessful. I got the braised short ribs they were super salty. My husband got the lobster ravioli the portion size looked like an appetizer. The service was excellent and the hostess was super kind.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 17, 2016

Love Vito's. Food was good and service was excellent. However, flies were buzzing around our table.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

Food was excellent. Three different dishes and three happy, full diners. Our server was great, too. I'd recommend it for its delicious food. I'm already looking for a reason to go back!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

They had inadvertently given me a lunch menu and both the manager and our waitress went out of their way to try to accommodate my order. The kitchen used their creativity and I ended up with a truly wonderful entre.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on October 7, 2016

When an Italian restaurant is less than half full at peak dining hours, on a holiday weekend, when the city hosts a marathon the following day you know something is up.
Our experience was fully mediocre, from the long wait for serivce, to the unkempt waitstaff, to the fully unremarkable food. While nothing was truly dreadful it was tremendously average. An Olive Garden experience at premium prices. Perhaps not a place to avoid but not one to rush to either. (For me, I could have given a more generous review had our wait person not been tardy, terribly sloppy and fairly inattentive.)

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2016

I rarely feel the desire to write a review but our excellent experience at Vito's deserves broadcast. We have dined there many times but our food and service on this occasion were superior, and of great value for the price.
The chopped salad, chicken and artichokes with linguini and Nona's pasta with broccoli rabe and sausage were each flavorful with generous portions. Our server happily went the extra mile by splitting our chocolate torte on separate plates and packing up our leftovers - including the focaccia.

Kudos to Vito's!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

It was a very nice evening at the beginning. We got to our table at 6:30 which was our reservation time. We were greeted by server and we ordered our food and drinks. All was well until the main course which arrived at 7:22 well behind several tables around us who either ordered a little before us or right after us. Basically when food came we had less time to eat it than we expected as we had to be at the theater before 8. Food was very good and plentiful but very late. Server was apologetic and did discount our ticket but I would have preferred to have dined versus rushing to eat.

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Marlborough (New England)
2.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

We were a group of friends meeting at Vito's prior to attending a performance at The Bushnell. The menu sounded delicious, but the food did not quite live up to the descriptions; nothing bad, just fairly nondescript. Service was also average, nothing horrible but it's the small things like waiting a while for the bottle of wine we ordered, and the water glasses never being refilled. While I'm sure they get busy when The Bushnell has a performance, it's not an unusual occurrence. Location is perfect, I hope the next visit is more favorable.

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LoveVitos (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on September 22, 2016

Had a coupon that, in the fine print read, "dine in only, not valid on Vito's to-go or pizza menu". I mistakenly thought the pizza menu was different from the lunch menu. But when I started to order a pizza off the lunch menu, our server said it would not be included in the coupon. The vegetarian in our group had to find something other than pizza and settled for the Panini with seasonal vegetables (she did not order the eggplant Panini as she doesn't like eggplant). Apparently the seasonal vegetables included eggplant. When she removed the eggplant she was left with bread, a slice of tomato, and two pieces of summer squash. Very disappointing. The other, non-pizza, food we order was excellent... the special pasta dishes and lobster ravioli. Food was served at the proper temperature and a good sized portion.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

The Meat Pie is the best I ever had. $17 for a great dish that can serve two to three easily.
Great food - we were all very happy.

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LoveVitos (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

Service was excellent. Although busy, our food was served promptly and the six of us could carry on a conversation without shouting or straining to hear each other. The food was enjoyed by all - salads, Panini's, pizza, and pasta special. I would definitely come back to try other items.

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vipIvanhoeJustin (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on September 7, 2016

We were surprised that this gem of a restaurant wasn't packed for dinner on a Wednesday evening, as the menu is outstanding and the food is absolutely delicious. Our server was so friendly and the service was great. We had the scallops and shrimp over linguine in a sauce that was so good!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on August 28, 2016

For brunch it was only us and a large party in the restaurant and we were seated right next to them it was uncomfortable when they got quite for a speech it felt like we had to be silent as well. My eggs were under cooked. Not just runny, not cooked. Wouldn't go bacl

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 26, 2016

The food was great. The portions were way too small. I had a coupon for half price on all entrees and I felt I got half of a meal as well. But this is a great Italian restaurant. I would definitely go back and get something different next time. It looked like the portion sizes on other entrees were normal size/were filling. I guess the Lobster ravioli just comes in a smaller serving size.

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CynthiaO (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 10, 2016

Visited Vito's quite a few times please and happy how courteous and informative the staff are. Love It!! Food and Drinks simply Excellent. You'll see me a lot!!

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Wilcomagain (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 4, 2016

Our service for 6 was excellent. Had a round table to promote discussion and sharing. Service was excellent, especially since we had theater tickets and were on a timeline. Everyone was very happy with their food choices.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2016

The best! Always return!

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EchoJ (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on July 22, 2016

My husband and I had our very first date here. The food has gone downhill since then. The sangrias were terrible. The mushroom goat cheese torte was rubbery-like it had been 'nuked' too long in the microwave. The fired calamari was chewy. The pear gnocchi was paired with peas and way to sweet. The short ribs were amazing. The limoncello tiramisu may have been delicious if it didn't taste like it had sat in a refrigerator all week uncovered. The server was fantastic but he didn't make up for the terrible food.

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wwdd (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 21, 2016

Food was delicous and service was wonderful

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CarlosP (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

I had better experiences in Vito's by the Park. The service was poor and slow. The wine served was the wrong one and the waiter couldn't understand the difference between red and white wine!
I ordered the house recommended Pappardelle Bolognese was overcooked, cold and stuck. It was very disappointed. I ordered this pasta before having a good experience, but the quality is going down and it's not worthy for the money.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

Enjoyable dinner with friends, food was very good, service was very good on a very busy Bushnell night. I wish they had the Valet Parking, that is something that they should bring back

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

Our server Mike was the best. Despite having a couple of large groups, he provided exceptional service.

As always, the food at Vito's was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

A friend and I had a great experience right before a Bushnell show. Friday night, not many people there, and Happy Hour food was excellent and economical. Since we shared our appetizers, we had a big variety, no drinks, and our tab was $20! They even brought us out a free pizza no one wanted!

I was eager to go there for Mother's day, which my family treated me to for dinner. Totally different experience. Very crowded, it took a long time to get service. My husband's Veal Shank was not very fatty, not very meaty. I ordered a chicken dish, and think they gave me something else. Considering we paid $100 for a good meal, we were very disappointed in the service, the food, and the atmosphere.

There were 3 women at the table next to us, with three kids. All were on their iphones, and barely paid attention to one another. Is this fine-dining? But that's another conversation for another day.

When we left, I went to shake the greeters hand for a nice meal, and she refused to give me her hand. I thought that was very rude, which encouraged my bad impression.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

Our meal was exceptional. And the staff was so patient and great with the children. Great job!!!!

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