Restaurant Pizzeria Chez Vito, Hesperange, Luxembourg

As Italians, we know pretty well the struggle of “finding the perfect pizza abroad”. My personal research in Luxembourg did not have yet satisfying results and I stopped it some times ago, remaining loyal to the couple of places which I like mostly – and which are delivering my pizza still hot.

Last week, some friends took us for dinner in the one they consider their favorite place and that I was very curious to check out, Chez Vito in Hesperange.

From outside, the location never appealed me much passing in front there, but we had a very warm welcome, for being Monday evening. We started with some mixed Antipasti della Casa and Italian red wine, followed each by a pizza. I had the one for the week with “cime di rapa”, Italian sausage and Bufala. I was very full, but I still had space to try couple of spoons of the tiramisu’ M. took.

Find some pictures of our dinner followed by my impressions about Chez Vito.

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What I liked about Chez Vito:

  • The food is really authentic and proposes a very different selection from the “usual” Italian-Luxemborgish standards. For example, in the mixed starters we had “lampascioni” – some very special Italian sweet onions – prepared with ndjua – spicy soft sausage from Calabria – that I have never tried before.
  • Pizza is great – finally: crunchy pasta, fair size, delicious topping. My choice was to die for but I was intrigued as well by the one taken by my friend – even if I am not a fan of pizza with sea food.
  • My friends were always talking about the tiramisu prepared Chez Vito but I was quite skeptic – as I am not a “dessert” girl. Indeed, I have to say, if I was not so full from the previous two courses, I would have taken an entire portion just for me. Definitely best tiramisu in town.
  • Service is very friendly and price very fair – starters, pizza, dessert, three bottles of wine, coffee, water and digestive was less than 40 euro per person.

What I liked a bit less about Chez Vito:

  • The ambience and the decorations are not making a favour to the place, are quite anonime and a bit saddish. This is the kind of place you visit to have great food and fun with friends, not to impress a girlfriend. Indeed, during summer, the backyard terrace is lovely.

In conclusion: Chez Vito was a very positive surprise. The location is nothing fancy, but the food is delicious, quite different from the other Italian restaurants in town and the pizza way of the best I have tried so far in the city. Bonus points: the amazing tiramisu and the kind service.

 

Sushi Train, Petange, Luxembourg

While I am normally a very easy going person concerning food – basically I can eat everything -, there are couple of things I am not extremely a fan of. First, all you can eat buffet (except when I am hangover). Second, non-authentic restaurants.

So, when I want to eat some good Japanese food in Luxembourg city, my options are very restricted by the two conditions above as, with some pricey exceptions, most of the Japanese in Luxembourg – those opened in the last couple of years at least – are managed by Chinese and are everything but authentic.

On Monday night I was craving some sushi and my “usual” places were closed, so we decided to head to Sushi Train in Petange, around 20 minutes from the city centre, after I read some very nice review on Luxembourg Foodies forum on Facebook.

The restaurant is located in the very city center of Petange and has some modern, not cheesy decor. You can decided to eat at the table or at the sushi train – we went for the latter.

The sushi train option includes as well a miso soup to start with. Alternatives on the sushi train are extremely various: from standard nigiri and sushi, different California and tempura rolls, tuna, salmon, sashimi, soya rolls, fruit rolls, various kind of salads. You have a lot to choose among and if you are not just into sushi, there were as well couple of dishes with noodles, fried calamari and grilled pork, even if they are very limited.

The train included as well as fruit salads and some dessert options.

I did not take pictures of everything I had (I had a lot LOL) but you can still find some shots followed by my comments about the restaurant below.

What I liked about Sushi Train:

  • Compared to other sushi train I have been, there are a lot more options: my favorite pieces were those that mixed fruits and fish and the big rolls with salmon, avocado and cream cheese.
  • Sushi is prepared with care just in front of you, the quantity of rice is proportionated to the one of fish and the taste is very good.
  • The sushi train option costs 23.5 euro per person. We had two beers, two glasses of wine, some water and two coffee and the total bill got to 70 euro. Definitely very cheap for what you eat.

What I liked a bit less about Sushi Train:

  • When you sit down at the sushi train, you are not given any menu neither drink card. We had to ask about how the train was working (in some restaurant you pay per dish) and we just ordered our drinks without knowing the options. I think that a drink menu, even at the train, would be highly appreciated.
  • The place is really calm and while it is nice and cozy, if you are looking for anything poshy this is not an option.

To sum up: Sushi Train was a nice discovery and I agreed with other reviews I read around: sushi is better than most of the one you have in Luxembourg city and the price is very cheap. It is perfect for an informal dinner during the week.