VENI VIDI VICI
VENI VIDI VICI
41 NW 14TH ST, ATLANTA, 30309
Welcome back to The Hungry Lens! For my next stop I really wanted to showcase a great Italian restaurant. Many of you may be familiar with the Buckhead Restaurant group, a group of extremely diverse and amazing restaurants in the Atlanta area owned by the same company. All of the restaurants have great reputations so I knew a visit to Veni Vidi Vici would be no different. Located in the heart of Midtown, Veni Vidi Vici specializes in chic Italian food including fresh pasta, seafood, and desserts.
Veni Vidi Vici is simply beautiful. The toweringly tall dome shaped ceiling and perfectly aligned square tables covered in elegant white table cloth gives Veni Vidi Vici a very romantic feel to the diner. The rustic light features with dangling Italian decorations added to the authenticity and made you feel like you were truly in Italy. In the back of the dining hall is a counter with a wood burning rotisserie used for the meats at Veni Vidi Vici and also where all of the fresh meats are sliced with the old school meat-slicer. At the front of the room is a see-through glass display wall separating the main dining room from a smaller dining room which features its own bar. You all know how much I love natural lighting and large windows, and Veni Vidi Vici had an entire wall of glass that I absolutely loved sitting next to. The atmosphere in Veni Vidi Vici is simple yet elegant.
The service at Veni Vidi Vici was outstanding. The hostesses were extremely friendly and polite and sat us right away and also accommodated my request of being seated next to a window. Our server Nathan was extremely knowledgeable about all of the menu items and was very pleasant. He checked on us several times and made sure all of the food was meeting our expectations. Lastly, the manager Leonardo Moura introduced himself and checked on us throughout our dining experience. All of the servers were very charming and went above and beyond to make our experience special.
Now, let’s get to the star of the show: THE FOOD. The menu is so diverse and fresh at Veni Vidi Vici it was truly hard for me to narrow down my choices of things to try, everything sounded so good! Between the homemade pasta, the fresh seafood, and amazing meats to try, you are sure to find something you will enjoy.
We were immediately started off with a complimentary bread basket and the traditional accompaniment of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. All I have to say is two words: Rosemary Focaccia. This homemade freshly baked bread is almost indescribable. It was warm, rich, fluffy, buttery, and with a hint of fresh rosemary on the top, it is OUT OF THIS WORLD. This was literally the best bread I have ever had in my life. The two of us went through four baskets alone. If you don’t try anything else at Veni Vidi Vici, please, you have to trust me, try the bread! And of course the olive oil and balsamic vinegar was the real deal.
Next came the amuse-bouche. An amuse-bouche is a single bite-sized appetizer the chef selects. At Veni Vidi Vici, the amuse-bouche is changed on a daily basis. On the day we went it was a pork, rabbit, and turkey meat mixture atop a small baguette topped with a red onion compote. This little bite was perfectly balanced! The meat was so rich and juicy and had a gamey flavor from the rabbit. The onion compote was the perfect kick of flavor to cut through the meat and tie everything together. It was amazing how flavorful this introduction dish was. And not to mention, it was beautiful to look at.
Next we tried the “vvv board”, a meat and cheese platter. You all know I am a sucker for house cured meats and authentic cheeses, and this platter did not disappoint. This platter consisted of two types of salami, prosciutto, marinated olives, Robiola and Asiago cheese, and a dried fig puree. The olives were a vinegary kick and awesome accompaniment to the cheese and meats. All of the meats were extremely fresh and I especially loved the salty prosciutto. The Asiago cheese was probably my favorite, it was packed full of nutty flavor. The Robiola cheese was rich and full of creamy flavor. It was perfect to spread over the spicy salami. Overall this platter was delicious! Oh, and if you go I highly suggest you layer the homemade bread with a selection of meat and cheese, it is an amazing flavor combination!
I had never had rabbit before, and when I saw a meatball dish called polpette which consisted of duck, turkey, rabbit, and beef meatballs I knew I had to try it. The meatball were so juicy and flavorful. They had a distinct gamey earthy flavor from the rabbit which I loved. And the sweet onion and shiitake mushroom gravy on top was amazing! It was salty, rich, goodness and complimented the meatballs wonderfully.
The company I was with loves octopus so we tried the polipo (grilled smoked octopus). The octopus was extremely fresh and had the distinct oceanic taste with a strong smoky flavor. The combination was great. The peppery arugula and sharpness of the red onion and tomato vinaigrette was a perfect complement to the octopus. I thoroughly enjoyed this dish.
I opted to try the soup of the day which was a Vidalia onion soup with crispy pork cheek. The broth was so rich, sweet, and creamy and the salty kick from the pork cheek cut through it to create a great balance. The background base flavor of onion was a very delicious element to this soup as well.
For my main entrée I decided to go for the special of the day: swordfish and mascarpone ravioli with a tomato garlic broth. The ravioli was so thin and you could tell the dough was made fresh that day and cooked to order. Nothing compares to the authentic flavor of homemade pasta. The inside of the ravioli was filled with huge chunks of rich meaty swordfish and creamy tangy mascarpone cheese. The garlic essence in the tomato sauce added a beautiful undertone to the dish. This entrée was perfectly balanced and harmonious.
Lastly for the dessert, our server Nathan highly recommended the crostata di nocciole, which he described as a home-made kit kat. When it came to the table it was stunningly beautiful and really did resemble a kit kat. The crunchy chocolate wafer was topped with a dense, thick, rich chocolate ganache that embodied such a deep chocolatey flavor. The raspberry sauce was a perfect fruity compliment to cut through the richness of the chocolate. This dessert was so good and the perfect ending to a fantastic meal.
The price at Veni Vidi Vici is some-what more expensive compared to other entries on The Hungry Lens. Appetizers range from $10-15 and entrees are anywhere between $15-30. Veni Vidi Vici is somewhere I would take my parents if they wanted to have a nice some-what upscale dinner, or it would be perfect for a romantic date night out on the town. Veni Vidi Vici is a little splurge you can have when you are feeling special.
Based on all of the following criteria discussed above I give Veni Vidi Vici a solid A. The dining room was beautiful and elegant. The service was amazing and the food was fresh, flavorful, and delicious. The price is a bit more than my normal reviews, so Veni Vidi vici may be saved for a special occasion. I highly suggest you check out Veni Vidi Vici for wonderful and authentic Italian food in the heart of midtown Atlanta.