We have some very good Italian restaurants on the Space Coast. Most of them are very casual places that serve Pizza as well as traditional southern Italian dishes. Antonio & Vittoria Italian Tavern is a bit different, a little more upscale (though very casual) and they serve less traditional southern Italian (Neapolitan) food with a twist!
To start with the owners (Antonio and Vittoria) are from Naples, Italy. They moved to the U.S. a few years back and have two locations (A small market on U.S.1 in Melbourne that serves take out, lunch items, Italian Wines, a deli counter and more). The Tavern is more of a traditional sit down restaurant.
Antonio & Vittoria Italian Tavern offers three seating's per day Tuesday-Sunday (dinner only) at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm. The twist I talked about comes with the menu. Owner and chef Antonio changes the menu each week. He uses only what he can find fresh and brings in meats and cheeses directly from Italy. He also has a really good house wine (It is $17 a bottle which is what many competing restaurants charge for a corking fee!).
We went the first week in April and the menu had two items we had to try! We had the Torta Di Primaverili (potato pie with eggplant, red peppers and homemade mozzarella cheese) and Mezzelune Cremose (Homemade Mezzelune Ravioli stuffed with Mascarpone cheese & pear, tossed in asiago cream cheese, speck and portobello mushrooms). Both dishes were pretty darn amazing! It was easy to taste the freshness of the ingredients!
We finished the night with an enormous piece of Pistachio & Chocolate Tiramisu that was so good the plate was cleaned!
This is a restaurant I will be back to often!
As a little side benefit, they also make the traditional Italian Easter Pies for pick up the day before Easter. I ordered one that was not even on the list and Antonio said no problem. It will be ready on Saturday!
Antonio & Vittoria Italian Tavern is located at 586 Hwy A1a in Satellite Beach, FL 32937. You can make reservations online at: http://avitalianmarket.com/restaurant-caterings/