Italian cuisine is a highly-favored choice in the American food scene, but it can pose a serious challenge to anyone trying to watch what they eat. Many dishes that Italian restaurants offer are rich and saturated in cheese, cream sauces, and butter. However, if you look beyond the pizza and pasta options, you will see many authentic meals that satisfy your desire for a healthier dining experience. This is especially true at Vito’s Pizza & Italian Ristorante, where it’s easy to find a number of nutritious selections that are robust in flavor. Below are some of the best dishes to indulge in when eating out at our popular Arizona establishment.
Vito’s Healthy Food Options
• Bruschetta: Bruschetta is an Italian staple that blends a mixture of tastes. The lightly toasted bread is simply topped with fresh, diced tomato (full of antioxidant and vitamins), garlic, and oregano. This low-calorie appetizer provides a much better way to start your meal than the traditional basket of bread that’s brought to the table.
• Minestrone: Minestrone is a hearty broth-based soup full of mixed vegetables and beans. It’s low-calorie and high in fiber, making it a good starter or substitute for a larger meal.
• Salad: We feature a variety of salads on our menu at Vito’s. The key is to look for the ones with an assortment of fresh vegetables and use oil and vinegar or balsamic dressing to top it off. The blackened salmon and warm harvest salads are two great choices.
• Fresh Salmon: Our fresh salmon is a chef specialty that can be prepared grilled or spicy. While the grilled version may be better for those concerned about calorie intake, either choice is high in antioxidants and good fats. It’s served with fresh, seasonal vegetables and perfectly flavored jasmine rice.
If you have a craving for pasta that you just can’t ignore, simply pick a red sauce over the cream-based options. Our marinara sauce and balsamic glaze are acceptable choices.
We are also happy to offer a full gluten-free menu that cuts out the allergens but keeps the same exquisite taste captured in our regular menu. Along with the salmon and salad items, you can also try the sausage and peppers or penne caprese to keep your meal on the healthier side.
If you know what to keep an eye out for, finding healthy choices doesn’t have to be a challenge when you’re dining out. At Vito’s, we have excellent options on both our lunch and dinner menus to appease your taste buds whenever you’re in the mood for authentic Italian cuisine.