The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
On the fence. (between Winner and Orgasmic!)
The meal as a whole was better than a winner, but not quite orgasmic! However, I will definitely be back again 🙂
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
I have tried a few times to dine at Jon & Vinny’s and each time they have been “fully committed”. This time I made a reservation for earlier in the evening and although they said they would “squeeze me in”, the restaurant was empty from the moment I walked in to when I left. I would suggest calling in at a different time if the first person tells you they are fully booked. Our waiter and busboys were very nice, all attentive and helpful. The restaurant itself is very casual, the menu has a plethora of salads, pizzas and pastas to choose from. The pasta is made in house and you can tell the dishes are well thought out.
Sun – Sat 8am – 10pm
What I ate:
- Avocado bruschetta with parmesan ($10.50)
- LA woman pizza ($19.25)
- Bucatini ($17.75)
- Spicy fusilli ($19.75)
- NY cheesecake ($8)
This avocado toast was very underwhelming. Truthfully you can make better at home. It was lacking flavor and I suggest you skip it! There are other toppings if you are craving toast.
The pizza (pictured above) was orgasmic! Super thin, every bite was almost crispy. The flavor was perfect. You could taste the quality tomato sauce, the hint of basil and the freshness of cheese. I will be back for this pizza!
I owe my love of cacio e pepe to Chrissy Teigen, I tried her cookbook recipe and marked my calendar to make it again. So when I saw it on the Jon & Vinny’s menu, I knew I had to order it. This seems a tad more traditional, but nonetheless delicious. Some people, including my mom and sister, might say it lacks flavor, but the simplicity is what makes it so great. The spice on your tongue from the pepper and the creamy texture make it easy to shovel into your mouth. There’s not explosion of flavor, but the silent satisfaction, in this case, is almost better. The pasta itself made the dish intricate, the bucatini seems delicate but provides substantial surface area to pick up the creamy sauce. It may not be everyone’s favorite, but it’s worth ordering and finding out.
The spicy fusilli was definitely a winner; the right amount of spice, lots of sauce and perfectly al dente. This is a heavier sauce, but the dish itself isn’t overwhelming. It’s a great dish to share.
We were pretty full, but if you’re an Eat and Escape reader, you know, I don’t give up. Full? What is that? haha! I saw the menu which includes over 10 desserts and I knew I had to try at least 1. We were in between the tiramisu and cheesecake, the cheesecake won by popular vote (I will be back for the tiramisu and update you). The cheesecake did not disappoint! It isn’t the creamiest I’ve ever had, but the berry sauce and whipped cream made every bite worth it.
I would highly suggest you check out Jon & Vinny’s while I head to pilates because you did read the part where I ordered dessert and ate my body weight in carbs right?!?