Food Porn: Vino’s Italian

Outside

Vino’s is one of those restaurants that we’d drive by and wonder what it was like inside. From the outside, the restaurant seems very small. They have cute vespas always parked in front and it seemed like they were closed more than they were open. I never knew anyone who actually ate there, no one ever recommend the restaurant and they have almost no internet buzz. That said, we soon found out they have a fairly large dedicated following and are pretty well known for their meatballs and homemade desserts. So, when we were trying to think of where to eat last weekend, Alli came up with the idea of finally visiting Vino’s after years of driving by. I called and lucked into getting a last minute reservation outside in their patio.

The dining room was absolutely packed when we showed up and was much bigger then I expected. We were seated in the ‘patio’ which is actually the alley between Vino’s and the bakery next door, it was kind of cute but it was a little windy and crowded.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Semi Casual
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Location: North Buffalo
  • Prices: Appetizers $5-10; Entrees $8-16

Our server was a little rattled, she admitted it was her first weekend shift in a while, but the food came out pretty quickly and she was very friendly. The menu isn’t that big and it’s much cheaper then I was expecting; its only two pages and nothing is more then $16. Alli ordered herself a glass of prosecco ($5) that was served in a fancy flute glass while I ordered their red table wine “Mafia “style” ($4), which meant it was served in a small glass cup (which Alli said reminded her of how her Italian great-grandma used to drink wine).

Alli ordered the Ravioli with a meatball ($11), I ordered their Charles Diavolo ($15) and we split an order of Mama’s Pulpette Meatballs as an appetizer. The orders came with a pretty basic salad and there was free bread before our meal.

Charles Diavolo

Order of Meatball

Alli really liked her entree, the raviolis were large and filled with several cheeses and covered in their house red sauce (it was a simple and mildly sweet sauce, she loved it). The large housemade meatball was fantastic, incredibly tender with an awesome flavor. Alli would go back again just to have meatballs and sauce, that’s how much she enjoyed it. If you are a fan of traditional red Italian-American sauce, this place has you covered.

My entree of ziti in a ‘spicy sauce’ with sausage unfortunately wasn’t as good. When the plate was delivered I noticed what I thought was chili oil in the bowl, but it wasn’t and there was absolutely no heat in the sauce whatsoever. The sausage was also a little tough and didn’t have much flavor. Our appetizer, mama’s pulpette meatballs (three of them), appeared a little different than the meatball that came with Alli’s entree. The pulpette meatballs were a bit smaller and had raisins and pine nuts inside. They were incredibly tender and flavorful. I could have eaten a bowl of them as my entree. We ended the meal with a slice of their peanut butter pie, a recommendation from our server because it was made in house.

Overall our meal was almost a success. For Alli, it was basically her perfect restaurant: a cute red sauce joint with a simple menu, a good meatball and homemade desserts. Hopefully I just picked the wrong menu item that night and their other entrees are much better. When looking over the red sauce establishments in the city of Buffalo, there are a bunch of options that are typically mediorce at best. Alli noted that Vino’s is better than most and may rival Marco’s are her go-to. Reservations are mostly likely a must.

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