Wednesday, February 1, 2017

VIDRIO: A Mediterranean Feast for the Senses on Glenwood South

In case you hadn't heard, Vidrio recently opened on Glenwood South in Raleigh! It's exciting to finally see what's been hiding under that big fish mural that decorated the entrance on Glenwood under the Carolina Ale House.

We were lucky to get a sneak peek before the Grand Opening, in January and it was well worth the wait. I have to say it's probably one of the most beautiful and creative restaurant spaces in Raleigh. It's a large open two story space with a bar downstairs and another opening soon upstairs. The main dining room hosts a stunning two story wall with over 350 colorful handblown glass bowls decorating the entire wall. Vidrio means "glass" in Spanish. There are several more dining spaces upstairs as well, all beautifully decorated, and a bar/lounge area featuring an indoor fireplace. The open kitchen on the main level features a wood-fired grill and stone hearth oven. The ceilings are high, the colors are vibrant and the use of rope, wood, leather and glass create quite a feast for the eyes! Hundreds of wooden dowels hang about the bar area downstairs and are visually stunning against the bold colored walls and modern light fixtures. Well done.

The restaurant has 50 wines on tap and another 200 more in bottles (including vermouth and sherry). Vidrio features family-style shared plates with Mediterranean inspiration and influences. The food is fresh and locally sourced and the menu will change almost daily. Vidrio imports its own olive oil directly from the founder’s Greek village and the dishes take inspiration from Spanish, French, Greek, Italian, Turkish, Lebanese, Moroccan, and other Mediterranean flavors. Upon entering you will see the wood fired grill and stone oven, as well as all the fresh seafood that is available for that night's dinner. Fresh is the key ingredient here.

For dinner, we started with fresh baked bread and seasoned olive oil for dipping.  We added a cheese plate, and shared a bowl of roasted cauliflower soup that was very satisfying on a winter evening. We shared roasted fingerling potatoes with thyme and rosemary and a large plate of hanger steak with salsa verde.  A full-bodied glass of red wine complimented the meal perfectly.

Leading Vidrio’s kitchen will be Executive Chef Ian Sullivan, previously with the University Club in Durham, North Carolina, and the Urban Food Group of Raleigh. Chef de Cuisine is Saif Rahman, previously of 21c Museum and Hotel in Durham, and World Central Kitchen organization by Chef Jose Andres.

The downstairs bar and restaurant are currently open for dinner and drinks and the upstairs dining and bar area will open in the coming months. Brunch will start in March. Vidrio offers free valet parking to its guests. Make a reservation for dinner and discover for yourself this unique mediterranean feast for the senses happening in Raleigh!

VIDRIO: 500 Glenwood Ave Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27603  p: 919.803.6033
Dinner Hours:  Mo - Th: 4:30pm - 11pm,Fri - Sa: 4:30pm - 1am,Su: 5pm -10pm
Brunch: Sunday beginning March 5

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