With all the debate about Zia's closing and the other local Italian restaurants in town, I decided to take my wife out to dinner at Vinny's La Roma last night. The crowd was large but the service was very fast. The decor was nice and the atmosphere was inviting. However I expected a better place-mat rather than a paper one with advertisements on it, especially with the price we paid to dine there. You can notice in the picture that I've attached, there is a advertisement for laser treatment for toe fungus. That was not very appetizing tor me or my wife. The bread that comes with our entree's was served warm and was crusty on the outside and hot and soft on the inside. It was delicious. The salads were good and a decent size. My wife liked her's better than I liked mine because it was mostly romaine hearts and they aren't my favorite. The house dressing was good but I preferred Zia's to this.
For her entree my wife ordered the cheese ravioli with marinara sauce. I believe the price for this entree was around $12. I had a bite of hers and I thought it was delicious. She loved it. The raviolis were tender and the marinara sauce was excellent. It was easy to tell that these were fresh made and the marinara sauce is not from Sysco. The portion size was perfect for her. She received six of them and they were big.
I ordered the Chicken in Marsala sauce. The price for my entree was close to $14. They also gave me the option to have my spaghetti included in the entree or on the side with marinara sauce. I chose to have it on the side because I wanted to get a better taste of the marinara sauce. Once my entree arrived, it looked very appetizing and the portions were large. My chicken was tough but edible, and it was almost as if it were freezer burnt before it was cooked. The flavor however was great. It was not bland and I did not have to season my chicken. The marsala sauce was perfect and the mushrooms were cooked perfectly. The spaghetti on the side was perfectly aldente and the marinara sauce was close to the best that I've ever had. The marinara had a bite to it in the form of heat and spices, which I loved because I am a fan of heat. This is a highly acidic sauce so eat some tums before or after your meal.
We will dine there again. The only real complaints are the place-mats with toe fungus advertisements and my chicken being really tough. 7.75 out of 10. This could have easily been a 9/10.