George Washington Carver’s distant cousin Vito is credited with inventing hundreds of products from tomatoes, including spaghetti sauce, bucket spackle, shampoo, axle grease, and, perhaps most impressively, bananas. Today’s Groupon pays homage to his herbaceous exploits. For $9, you get $20 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Vito’s at the Links, located at the New Albany Links less than 30 minutes northwest of downtown.
From its upstairs perch in the club house, Vito’s patio offers a panoramic view of the course’s 18th green so that you can witness impressive birdies and amusing putter-flinging meltdowns while sampling the Old Country–influenced menu. Tee off with appetizers such as the three-onion dip ($6.59), calamari parma ($7.99), and zucchini frito ($6.99), or munch one of 11 pre-determined, gourmet, Sicilian pizza pies. “Sangwiches” include the meataballa ($7.59) and grande hot Sicilian ($8.99), while paninis include chicken gorgonzola ($7.99) and roasted turkey ($7.99). For heartier fare, twirl a fork into pastas such as the blackened salmon with angel hair ($14.99) and penne al forno ($7.99, large $11.99), or drive one down the fairway with a house specialty such as the steak Vito ($12.99) or grilled salmon putanesca ($13.99).
Ensconcing its wining and dining experience in a relaxing décor of vaulted ceilings and two large, sandstone fireplaces, Vito’s at the Links combines everyone's favorite Italian food with everyone’s favorite televised sport for napping. The wait staff of old pros has patiently humored many Rodney Dangerfield impressions—and might even play along with yours by serving a prop steak with whip marks from where the jockey was hitting it. Bring the whole family, or someone else's.
Three OpenTable users give Vito's at the Links a solid four-star rating:
- Vito's has the best pizza anywhere!..this is the first place I've ever gotten gnocchi that even comes close to what Grandma used to make when we were growing up! Our waiter was awesome as well. – OpenTable user who dined on 11/07/2009