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Italian restaurant Vivo Osteria opens in Glen Cove

Margherita is one of the eight pizzas on

Margherita is one of the eight pizzas on the menu at Vivo Osteria in Glen Cove. Photo Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus

Seems as if there’s always been an Italian restaurant in the Glen Cove space next to Cove’s Discount Wine & Liquors on Glen Avenue — Don Lorenzo’s, Il Forno and La Terranova among them. Now an ambitious new eatery, Vivo Osteria, has moved in with a chef-owner who has cooked at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Italy’s Piemonte (Guido da Costigliole) and worked in management at Fresh Direct in Queens.

Vivo’s Benedetto Marotta describes his new place as a “modern Italian tavern with a big emphasis on local products.” The roomy restaurant comprises two dining rooms and, at the entrance, a large bar-lounge area with a wood-burning oven built during the Il Forno era and subsequently hidden behind curtains at Don Lorenzo’s. Marotta’s renovation includes reclaimed wood, light fixtures made from wine bottles and terra-cotta tiles.

On the menu: starters ($9 to $13) include cuttlefish with tomatoes, olives and lemon; beef carpaccio with radishes, arugula, truffled pecorino and limoncello; roasted beets with arugula, raspberry and Gorgonzola fondue; polenta-dusted calamari with a cherry-pepper relish.

Among mains ($18 to $34) are cavatelli with butternut squash, spinach and ricotta salata; broccoli-rabe-stuffed pepper-crusted pork loin with roasted garlic cream and potato galette; “pollo Italamerico” crusted with Parmesan-panko and fresh fettuccine alla vodka; “frutti di mare” with calamari, cockles, mussels, shrimp and San Marzano tomatoes, and wood-roasted cod with farro and caponata.

Also out of the wood-burning oven: pizzas ($12 to $15) including Valdostana (mozzarella, Fontina and ham), cipollina (onion jam, goat cheese and pancetta) and Palermo (sausage and roasted peppers).

Vivo Osteria, 242 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Cove, 516-801-1450

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