Anchoring a quiet shopping center near Edison Avenue and Long Road, Vito’s in the Valley is conveniently close to home, but world’s away in terms of taste, authenticity, atmosphere and experience. And, according to Jessica LaFata, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, Giovanni, it’s time for St. Charles County residents to get in on the action.
“We want people who live in St. Charles County to know our name and be part of our family,” Jessica said.
The food at Vito’s is highly reflective of Gio’s mother, whose Sicilian background brings unique flavor profiles to the Italian-focused menu.
At Vito’s, family confidently intersects with exceptional food and great expectations. Jessica believes the restaurant’s happy hour can compete with just about any in the St. Louis area. “Frankly, you can’t beat the price for our quality and quantity,” she said.
Offered seven days a week from 4-6 p.m., Vito’s happy hour features drinks [wine, craft and domestic beer, and speciality drinks] as well as tapas specials. Included are Vito’s hand-tossed, 10-inch pizzas, a customer favorite, and Arancini, a classic Sicilian specialty of deep-fried saffron risotto balls filled with meat, mozzarella and peas.
Happy hour noshes and libations can be enjoyed in the bar area or on Vito’s expansive patio. A quiet retreat amidst the congestion and crowds of the Valley, the patio is surrounded by plants native to Sicily. Hibiscus, oleander and Sicilian palms dot the spacious outdoor oasis, which can seat up to 75 people.
In October 2016, Vito’s decided to add another element to its already outstanding culinary arsenal; the LaFatas began serving lunch.
Jessica said they designed the lunch menu to be fast, fresh and affordable. For those on the run, Vito’s offers an Express Lunch Special that includes one of four starters, followed by a choice of select homemade pastas, paninis or hand-tossed pizzas.
“We want people to be able to get quality food at an exceptional value.” Jessica said. “Yet that doesn’t mean a whole lot to those on their lunch break if we cannot execute their order in a timely manner, so we designed the menu accordingly.”
Vito’s also has the ability and the passion to host private events, including rehearsal dinners, showers, graduations and corporate parties.
“Every customer affects our family because they are helping us achieve our dream of running our restaurant,” Jessica said. “And those who ask us to host their special event are inviting us to be part of their history. That is a responsibility we do not take lightly.
“We understand the significance and impact such interactions can have because we experience it every day with our customers. We are truly honored by that request and, as owners, Gio and I personally do everything we can to make our guests’ events truly special.”
“We try to make the planning as seamless as possible for our customers. One phone conversation can get everything set up and we will work to fit our guests’ budget. We are honored to be local and feel our service, level of care and passion helps us stand out.”
And, of course, there is the food, which Jessica said is made so consistent and true to Gio’s mother’s recipes that customers can depend on deliciousness whether they dine at lunch, happy hour, dinner or for a special event.
Indeed, St. Charles County, the word is out and you are invited to Vito’s table.