Words: Olivia Ebeling
Photography: Tamara Sini
Located at the heart of the island, the picturesque village of Santa Gertrudis is a popular destination for Ibiza locals and White Isle visitors alike. Surrounded by rolling fields, and with a bustling church square at its centre, the pretty settlement oozes charm and authenticity – making it a great destination to explore for anyone keen to experience a more tranquil side of island life. But what first-timers might not expect to find is the vast variety of gourmet hotspots that has accumulated over recent years!
Santa Gertrudis now boasts a selection of quality dining destinations that ranges from vibrant cafes and authentic Spanish fare to vegan restaurants and exotic fusion eateries. VIVO, an atmospheric garden restaurant just a stone’s throw off the church square, is one of Icon Ibiza’s regular spots, whether the team gets together for a refreshing beer and cheeky glass of rosé wine after work or to satisfy our cravings for quality Italian cuisine in a relaxed setting. The eatery will be opening its doors for the 2018 on April 1st, inviting guests to join them for a mouth-watering Easter brunch from 12.00 onwards.
A new addition to Santa Gertrudis ever-growing culinary landscape, VIVO wowed from the moment it arrived thanks to Palermitan chef Francesco Scarpulla’s mouth-watering Sicilian creations. Championing fresh, local ingredients and featuring herbs and spices that found their way into Sicily’s kitchens during the Arabian and Spanish domination, VIVO’s menu bursts with colours and flavours. Feast on aromatic deep-fried sardines, aubergine caponata with capers, red onions and almonds, clam spaghetti or juicy fillet steak and savour the flavours of the Mediterranean with every bite.
VIVO also won’t be beaten on ambience, with low-hanging lights dangling from the branches of the trees that form a green and leafy roof above the gravel-covered courtyard. Thanks to the welcoming and family-friendly atmosphere, the restaurant attracts a steady stream of guests, which range from groups of friends to families with little ones and loved-up couples. VIVO is modern, fun and celebrates the union of great food in great company. Drop in for one of the expertly mixed cocktails or work your way through the entire delicious menu, and we are sure it will become one of YOUR Ibiza gourmet staples too!
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