Do you ever walk into a restaurant and it feels like home? That's how we feel every time we walk into Vic's. We use to live just a block away from the Italian restaurant that is located in the Moore Square section of Downtown Raleigh. When we lived close by, we would frequent this place because of the relaxing outdoor seating, great wine selection, and wonderful Italian food. For us to go back this past weekend indeed felt like we were going home! The weather was slightly too cool to sit outside so we decided to sit inside. When you walk in the restaurant, a happy blend of garlic, bread, oregano, and marinara sauce fill your nose. On Saturday night, I couldn't help but feel like I was in an episode of the Sopranos with the Italian servers and wonderful Italian musical record playing in the background. Heather really liked the beautiful, hand painted murals on the walls of the restaurant depicting various scenes in Italy. Every time we have ever come to Vic's, the service has been superb. It feeds into the family atmosphere because you don't just have one server, everyone helps to make sure that you have an awesome experience by ensuring you have everything you need to enjoy your meal. As soon as we sat down, we were able to place our order with one of the servers. Heather ordered a glass of their house Cabernet Sauvignon (mild, warm flavor) and I went for the classic Italian beer ("When in Rome"), Peroni, which I believe enhances the Italian experience.
Now, for the food, Heather and I shared the arugula salad, which is pictured above. It has wonderful flavors that marry together on the plate as it is a mix of walnuts, tomatoes, shaved parmesan, and onions that are drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. Not to mention the little basket of garlic knots that they bring to your table prior to your entrees coming. Ask for a small side of marinara to go with these (you’re welcome for the pro tip)! Heather wanted pizza and went with the 14 inch that was half the "New Yorker" (Italian Sausage, Pepperonis, Mushrooms, Onions, Green Peppers, and Extra Cheese) and half the "Vegetarian" (Mushrooms, Onions, Green Peppers, Black and Green Olives, and Extra Cheese). She always enjoys the pizza here! I am not always in the mood for pasta but when I kept seeing the pasta plates come out of the kitchen, I quickly got in the mood. I went for the Penne alla Vecchia Roma (on the waiter's recommendation) and I was not sorry! It was excellent. It was a blend of penne pasta with broccoli and Italian sausage that is served in an olive oil and garlic sauce drizzled with marinara. We didn't have room for dessert but we did see a tempting cannoli that they brought someone for their birthday! Maybe we will get one of those next time. Every time we leave Vic's, we look forward to going back. Check it out the next time you are in Downtown Raleigh!