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Viva Bene Italian Ristorante
Italian Restaurant$$
Today 3:00 – 8:00 pm
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144 Commercial St Worcester, MA 01608
144 Commercial StUSMAWorcester01608
$$Italian Restaurant, European Restaurant
Italian Restaurant
European Restaurant
Pizza Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Today 3:00 – 8:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 2:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmSunday 3:00 – 8:00 pm
The preeminent Italian restaurant for fine dining in Worcester. We offer the area's best seafood and pizza, as well as a full service bar.
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Comfy eatery serving Italian fare with a Mediterranean twist, plus a large bar area.- Google
People talk about stuffed mushrooms, comedy club, portobello mushrooms, drink order and chicken parm
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Diane Ricci
reviewed 3 weeks ago
The food was really good.My problem was that there was not enough staff working. Two people to take care of the food and the bar on a night of a show was not enough. We spent too much time waiting. We actually had to ask for the check when the food was delivered. The thing I was most upset about was when ordering off of the wine list there was only one choice of Pinot noir. It was a Francis Ford Coppola which I have had many times before and is quite good. At $38 a bottle it was affordable since I knew what to expect. However what we were served was a Pinot noir called BIG FIRE which tasted like a very inexpensive wine, very watery and left a tingle on your tongue. Needless to say I was not impressed. The bill, the same, $38 and so not worth it. I felt that I was duped. Not sure if I would go back which is a shame because the food was very good!
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sandra savoie
reviewed 9 months ago
We went to this restaurant and we were very disappointed. Steak Lombardi ordered medium rare came back very well done, tough, and overly smothered with sauce. The best part of the meal was the bread! Stuffed mushrooms were tasteless. Ordered a pizza but the pizza received was not what we ordered. Servers pushed drinks often asking if we wanted more even though the glasses were not empty. The walls were dirty and the lighting poor. I previously dined at this restaurant a few years ago and found the food and service pretty good. I decided to check it out again - too bad! Worcester has so many wonderful restaurants, but this is not one of them. Stay clear and try another venue.
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Daine Miller
reviewed 10 months ago
The location was very good and we were able to get seated very quickly. Our waiter was a little slow and we kept having to ask him for drinks. The food was not up to par as our last visit but edible. I am not sure if they changed their recipies but last time we had better service and flavor.
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David Dolloff
reviewed 11 months ago
I got the swordfish and it was probably the best I've ever had. Melted in my mouth. All 6 of us were happy with what we ordered. The service was quick, and the waitress was pleasant and efficient. Granted we were there for lunch on a Monday so it wasn't that busy either. All in all I would recommend this to anyone and hope to go there again when I am in town.
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reviewed 9 months ago
So the Viva Bene Ristorante was absolutely terrible. Once a four-star Italian restaurant back in 2005, it's very clearly gone down hill. We were separated from the other customers in the place for no reason, our food came after everyone else had been served (including people that came in at least ten minutes after us), and our food was poorly made. I ordered grilled portobello mushrooms that was served with angel hair pasta tossed in a pesto sauce. First problem? The mushrooms were over-done and they tasted sour. They shouldn't be sour. As for the pesto, it was somehow both bland as sin and spicy. It should have a light but creamy and earthy flavor. My mum ordered a steak at medium-rare and it came well-done and the pizza we ordered to take home was meant to have pepperoni, olives, and mushrooms. Instead of olives, it had onions which I'm allergic to. The walls were dirty, the lighting dim, and the service very slow not to mention that where we were also placed, the vent made it very noisy so we had to speak loudly to talk over it. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
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James Montgomery
reviewed 10 months ago
I've eaten at Vive Bene several times and have had a very good experience each time. I read some of the unfavorable reviews and can't understand them due to the great food and courteous service I've had there. Try the Salmon in Grand Meniere (spell check?) sauce or the Shrimp Scampi with tomato and spinach! I always get the Silver Palm Cabernet. I like this place and would recommend it to anyone


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