Cocktail Tasting at Veni Vidi Vici

Ave Maria with vanilla-infused grappa, Faretti biscotti, Baileys and a cinnamon stick

Ave Maria with vanilla-infused grappa, Faretti biscotti, Baileys and a cinnamon stick

My roommate and I were feeling nostalgic for holiday cocktails, plus I had to do some “research” for a cocktail round-up, so we ventured over to Veni Vidi Vici with the intent on trying the “Ave Maria” cocktail.

Well, two hours later, we had sampled five of the cocktails on their menu, had three different appetizers and three desserts! So much for a chill Friday evening!

  • (clockwise from front left) Boulevardier, Flying Red Squirrel, Five Golden Rings (martini glass), Dmitri's Law. Ave Maria, Terminus

    (clockwise from front left) Boulevardier, Flying Red Squirrel, Five Golden Rings (martini glass), Dmitri’s Law. Ave Maria, Terminus

     

Boulevardier cocktail

Boulevardier cocktail

Five Gold Rings with Grey Goose pear, pimento Dram, fresh lemon and brown sugar

Five Gold Rings with Grey Goose pear, pimento Dram, fresh lemon and brown sugar

Here’s a few things we learned from Beverage Manager Bobby Asare and the bartender Madison, who directed our tasting (and was responsible for stuffing us with delicious Italian food!)

  •  Bobby was born in Ethiopia, so my first question was “Are you a distance runner?” I felt so stereotypical after I asked the question. No, he wasn’t.
  • He is a certified sommelier, and his most prized cocktail on the menu is the Boulevardier, a bourbon, Campari, sweet vermouth cocktail house-aged in charred oak barrels. I was thinking I would not like it because I am not a huge fan of bourbon, but the smoky oak barrel taste was subtle. It went down smooth, with an orange-y finish.
  • He uses Dimmi in the “Dmitri’s Law” cocktail. Its an Italian liquor with floral hints that come from infused Nebbiola grapes.
  • Madison creates her own house-made ginger liqueur for the “Flying Red Squirrel” cocktail.
  • Madison (the bartender) with Emily and I

    Madison (the bartender) with Emily and I

     

shrimp

this crispy marsala shrimp was like the Italian version of coconut shrimp

 

I enjoyed the far right Taleggio cheese. A semi-soft cheese with a fruity tang

I enjoyed the far right Taleggio cheese. A semi-soft cheese with a fruity tang

Later we had the General Manager Leonardo Moura and Executive Chef Jamie Adams come by to say hi. They were ending their dinner shift and unwinded with us for a minute.

  • Note- chef likes Prosecco to end the night.
  • Chef is a cyclist- he’s done a few century rides!
chocolate mousse

chocolate mousse

bomboloni

You can’t see the bomboloni, but they are little Italian ricotta donuts, served with cream and honey. Italians, we love to serve everything with cream!

 

pizza di fregola

Pizza di Fragole literally translates to pizza with strawberries. It was a crispy crust smeared with mascarpone cheese and sliced syrupy strawberries. The syrup softened the cannoli-type crust and gave it a sweet crunch.

 

desserts + cocktails

desserts + cocktails

 
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One thought on “Cocktail Tasting at Veni Vidi Vici

  1. Thanks for this delicous round-up. It is time for me to make my way to Vici and have a tasting of my own. I love their housemade Limoncello.

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