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Joel F
Oceanside, CA16 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
Gennaro is BACK!!! After 7 years and Vivaro Wine Bar closing, we found him at Holiday Hotel restaurant in Praiano.
As anticipated, we had a world class meal, served with the love and attention that makes Gennaro Criscuolo the humble legend he is.
Can't wait to go back for another meal before we leave the Amalfi Coast!
Written 7 August 2019
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Fiona M
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
May 2018 • Couples
Let me say I have never been to such a wonderful restaurant where the food and service are great and all performed by one person! Gennaro took the order - " meat or fish" - easy! then cooked up a storm for us. Served a wine he chose to go with the food, topped up our water glasses regularly with iced water. Our meal was sea bass with green beans and tomatoes, then bream with ( - I cant remember!), then spaghetti alla scoglio then a dessert plate with 3 options all yummy! This place serves wine but is not a wine bar in the usual sense. It does have great wines. Best dessert we have had in 2 months in italy!

We knew before we went that it was "fish or meat" and that we needed to book. There are plenty of signs to say wine is only wiht dinner and it is a fixed price.
We didn't care. We were happy to go along. The price is a bargain :)

Gennaro is eccentric but wonderful. No one else could do this - it takes a certain laid-back approach. :))
Written 23 May 2018
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blackcreekers
black creek46 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
This place is a one of a kind dining experience! I see several bad reviews but . Vivaro is not a Wine Bar - it is not a place to pop in & have a drink. It is a restaurant open only for dinner & you must have a reservation although I did hear he takes a few walk in's if he has room. Gennaro is the owner & chef & is a completely one man show. He seats you at your table, serves the tables, cooks all the food himself, serves the wine & even does all the dishes. I don't believe there is a wine list, part of the experience is to trust Gennaro to chose for you what would go with what he is cooking for you & It was such a treat to watch him work. & the food is absolutely fantastic! He asks meat or fish & if there are any allergies & then he cooks for your table, several courses & dessert, no menu.. It is 30 euros pp & all bottles of wine are 20 euros. He also chose our wine for us & then explained the background of the bottle he chose. My husband is a chef & we are quite fussy diners & the food & experience during our 3 weeks in Italy was a highlight of our trip. It is not a dash & dine sort of place. Make a reservation & spend the evening enjoying Gennaro & his unique style of hospitality & delicious food & wine.
Written 7 January 2018
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Pinklady56
Leeds51 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
This little place is a restaurant and not a bar, so don't come along expecting just drinks. The owner of this one man show can come across a little terse but we totally warmed to him over the evening and the man can definitely cook!!

The food was outstanding, wine delicious and it was one of the best value meals we had on our two week trip along the Amalfi coast. Would highly recommend and would love to go back.
Written 5 October 2017
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Danielle D
Yardley, PA13 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
First let me say how excited I was to come to Vivaro. Had read about it before our trip and was looking forward to learning about local wines at the wine bar. We made the 20 minute walk from our hotel and walked in to sit at the bar. There was no one else in the place. We said we would like to have some wine, and we were told " I don't serve wine". To which I said " But you are a wine bar, what do you mean you dont serve wine?" He told us we had to order dinner to be able to order wine. It was not dinner time yet and we just wanted to relax and taste and learn about local wine. Not to mention that dinner was a flat 30 euros a person which we didn't want to spend on an afternoon snack. He was completely rude about it and it also didn't make any sense. We would have probably ordered 2 bottles of wine, so when you have zero customers in your restaurant why wouldn't you want to serve us?! You would rather be rude and gain yourself a bad review than take our money? We also walked by the next night and there were people in there, none of which we saw eating any food. The guy was a complete jerk and was a dark spot on our otherwise wonderful trip. Don't go here.
Written 6 September 2017
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mikkiml
Melbourne, Australia12 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
The dinner we had here was one of our favourites from our 3 week holiday in Italy. We received fantastic service from the amazing Gennaro who somehow does absolutely everything himself. There's a choice of meat or fish, and we received 5 beautifully presented courses for 30 euro. The seafood was fresh, and the atmosphere was great we had such a fun night. He also recommended a lovely wine for us. I wish we had more time so we could come back and also try the meat menu.
Written 30 August 2017
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Francis M
Chichester, UK39 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
I visited this Wine Bar with my girlfriend, and we decided to have a bottle of wine and then perhaps some food afterwards, as this is a Wine Bar after all!

After being ignored for ages, eventually he came over and asked us what we wanted! I said would it be ok to look at your wine list, he just said No, are you eating? I said we aren't sure yet, perhaps we could have a bottle of wine, and then decide, and he said No! If you're not eating get out! This place is a Wine Bar!! He was hideously rude and embarrassed both of us, and made us feel as if we had asked for something outrageous, when all we asked for was a Wine List in a Wine Bar! Unreal!

Give the place a swerve, there's so so many restaurants and wine bars up and down the coast in Praiano and elsewhere, give Vivaro a miss.

La Strada a few doors away is fantastic, incredible wine list and peerless service!

Written 11 August 2017
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Ian T
Melbourne, Australia46 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
We are food livers and had heard about Gennaro's one man restaurant with one selection to make / meat or fish.

What a treat - we chose fish and Gennaro politely asked about any allergies and then proceeded to deliver a most wonderful 5 course authentic Italian seafood dinner.

Each course was small - beautifully made and presented - but most importantly delicious

The meal is fixed price €30 and worth every cent - the best meal by caluexwe have had in Italy

A must if you are in Praiano
Written 24 May 2017
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HolidayAddict17
London74 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
Had a great evening at this cool little bar in the heart of Praiano.

The food was sensational! You pick a wine and Gennaro then makes you many courses of either fish or meat that suits the wine! I loved the fact we didn't know what was going to be served to us.
The food was cooked so well and was very tasty. Lovely romantic setting inside and great views from the tables.
Can become quite pricy if you don't say stop haha but all in all definitely recommend!
Written 14 May 2017
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kylecedwards
Columbus, OH45 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
Great place for a evening drink after a long day of exploring the Amalfi Coast. Had our best bottle of wine from the Campania Region from the host.
Written 16 March 2017
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