South Florida has recently welcomed a new addition to its vibrant culinary scene. Renowned New York City restaurant, Emilio’s Ballato, has joined forces with Miami hospitality guru Rob Crosoli to create a brand new Italian dining experience in the heart of South Florida. Vitolo, the latest endeavor by executive chef Anthony Vitolo, brings a taste of classic Italian cuisine with a seafood twist to the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel.
At Vitolo, the focus is on creating a memorable dining experience for everyone who walks through the doors. Chef Anthony Vitolo shares that his goal is to stay true to his family’s culinary heritage and the time-honored Italian recipes that have made Emilio’s Ballato a favorite among celebrities and locals alike. However, he also plans to introduce a wider selection of seafood dishes to cater to the beachside location of the new restaurant.
A Place for All
Vitolo and Crosoli both agree that their vision for the restaurant is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all diners. They aim to build long-lasting relationships with the community and offer a dining experience that is approachable and enjoyable for everyone. Whether you’re a celebrity or an everyday individual, Vitolo is committed to providing an exceptional dining experience for all.
A Multifaceted Dining Experience
Vitolo offers a three-pronged approach to dining, ensuring that there is something for every mood and occasion. The first room, known as Vitolo’s “Cucina”, provides a chef’s table-style experience where guests can witness the culinary magic happening right before their eyes. The second room, “Sala Arco”, is an art deco-inspired lounge that adds a touch of glamour to the dining experience. Lastly, the outdoor “Terrazza” offers breathtaking ocean views and allows guests to indulge in al fresco dining.
While Emilio’s Ballato in New York City is famed for its exclusive backroom, Vitolo aims to create a similar atmosphere with a more inclusive approach. The new restaurant will feature a private dining room that exudes elegance and charm, giving diners an opportunity to enjoy their meal in a more intimate setting. It will offer an exclusive wine list and a selection of handcrafted drinks to enhance the overall dining experience.
A Commitment to Excellence
Chef Anthony Vitolo has no plans to step away from Emilio’s Ballato in Soho, New York. Instead, he will divide his time between both locations, ensuring that his culinary expertise and family traditions are upheld in both kitchens. With the support of his family and a skilled team at Ballato’s, Vitolo is confident in expanding his brand as a chef and delivering the cuisine that Florida deserves.
A Signature Dish
One must-try item on the menu is the Vitello Antonio, a dish beloved by both Chef Vitolo and Rob Crosoli. This delectable creation features a 16-ounce veal chop, pounded thin and coated in a crispy panko crust. It is then smothered in a rich vodka sauce, accompanied by peas, prosciutto, and fresh mozzarella, and finished off with a delightful broiler crisping. The Vitello Antonio is a true testament to the skill and creativity of the chefs at Vitolo.
Unlike its New York counterpart, Vitolo in South Florida offers the convenience of making reservations. This allows diners to secure their preferred dining times and ensures a seamless experience from the moment they arrive. Vitolo is open from 5 to 10 p.m. on Sundays to Thursdays and extends its hours to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
As Vitolo opens its doors in South Florida, it aims to provide an extraordinary Italian dining experience that combines tradition, innovation, and a warm welcome for all. Whether you’re seeking classic Italian dishes or exploring the tantalizing flavors of seafood, this new establishment promises to be a destination that will satisfy any discerning palate.