Vivo Ristorante opened in July of 2011 with the vision of bringing traditional Italian dining, the sharing of food and conversation to our fine city. Inspired by the vivacious family meals in Grace De Rose`s house growing up, all our food is served family style, in large bowls or platters for sharing.
The heart of Italian cooking is fresh regional product; our Chef works with a long list of local suppliers, to prepare the freshest possible ingredients in classic Italian style. The ingredients on our menu change frequently, whereas our unique family style service and the traditional Italian Piatti (courses) have remained the same.
Our favourite nights are the ones where the room is alive with sounds of clattering cutlery on plates, clinking of glassware, the bustling kitchen, all intermingled with animated discussion.
The Vivo Team
Vivo is managed by a dedicated group of gourmands who are passionate about the sharing of flavours, platters, and great company. Our management team has a combined 80 years of experience in the restaurant industry.
Our Suppliers & Friends
As part of our goal to source as much local, high quality product as possible, vivo uses these Edmonton area suppliers; Sundog Organics, Riverbend Gardens, The Italian Centre Shop, Unique Wood Products, Cococo Gelato, MO-NA Foods, Doef's Greenhouses, De Rose Bros. Meats, GULL VALLEY Greenhouses, Sky Line Greenhouse, The Meat Shop at Pine Haven Colony, The Cheesiry, Sgamboro's, Four Whistle Farm, Steve & Dan's Fresh B.C. Fruit
We relish the enthusiasm and zeal with which traditional Italian dining is to be enjoyed. Our open kitchen showcases our chefs preparing fresh and local ingredients.
When you join us for dinner, expect it to be a relaxing evening lasting a couple of hours over several piatti (courses). Your table comes alive when we present a variety of large offerings on platters or bowls within easy reach of all.
A classic Italian pranzo (dinner) usually begins with a variety of antipasti (hot and cold appetizers), followed by one or two primi (usually a hot pasta, risotto, or gnocchi). Next your table will share i secondi (entrées) served on a platter combined with your choice of contorni (vegetable side dishes). Italians often complete their meal with un dolce, un caffe, or un digestive (dessert, espresso, or liqueur).
Our suggestion would be to take your time and savour the flavours and aromas that entice the senses. Complementing our menu is a brilliant and varied wine list that features wines from all over Italy, and also embraces outstanding wines from all over the world. We also carry an extensive list of Grappa, Cognac and Port.
Hired as a dishwasher over 44 years ago, Gregg has learned the restaurant & hospitality business from the ground up. After 8 plus years of learning in the kitchen, Gregg switched to Dining Room Manager, leading to his first posting as General Manager 2 years later.
After almost 4 decades with The Keg Steakhouse, Gregg (with friends/associates) opened vivo ristorante, a truly independent & local venture.
The importance of sourcing as much fresh, top quality local product means Gregg is in constant contact with all of vivo's numerous local farmers, either picking up produce at the Old Strathcona Farmers Market or by seasonal visits out in the fields.