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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Pizza, sandwiches and lunch: the new Vesuvio

Posted By on Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 4:13 PM

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Vesuvio Bistro
, at 1315 Breckenridge Drive, has a new look, a new menu and new hours, all with an eye to family-friendly and casual service, letting folks enjoy a good meal out without having to put on the dog.

Gone (mostly) are the white tablecloths; the waiters have traded in their white shirts and ties for clean-cut T-shirts and jeans. The walls have been dressed down, too, with barn wood, and there are now mounted TVs for sports fans.

Kelli Criswell, who owns Vesuvio with her husband, Bill, noted the bigger change: Vesuvio, which opened nine years ago for dinner service only, is now open daily at 11 a.m. for lunch, and sandwiches and pizzas have been added to the menu. Sandwiches include crab cake, Caprese grilled cheese, pancetta and cheese paninis and more. Specialty pizzas include the Melanzane Vesuvio, made with thinly sliced and breaded eggplant and mozzarella; the Carni Italiana, with sausage, pepperoni and meatballs; the Rosario, with mortadella and pancetta; and several others, along with made-to-order pies.

There’s a kids’ menu now, too, along with a grill menu that will change monthly. Among its offerings now are a Fillito alla Griglia, a 10-ounce beef tenderloin, and a Tonno alla Balsamico, grilled ahi tuna with a balsamic reduction. Fans of the old Vesuvio will be glad to see the menu has retained some old favorites — lasagna, manicotti, cannelloni, spaghetti, et cetera — along with the new. You can order meals to go, either by calling the restaurant at 225-0500 or going to its website, which uses Waitr app for to-go orders, either delivery or pickup. Vesuvio also caters.

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