Scampi Grill Restaurant Review

This review has been a long time coming. You guys have been telling me how great this place is for years and an opportunity finally presented itself for me to stop by and do an official review. So, did it live up to all the hype I’ve been hearing about it? Keep reading to find out!

If you’ve been following me for a few years now, you know Italian food is in my Top 5 favorite cuisine types, so I was REALLY looking forward to trying this place. While I never had the opportunity to dine at their old location, this one is absolutely beautiful! The dining room has a modern, yet rustic Italian feel and it’s dimly lit which creates a very romantic date night experience unlike any other restaurant I’ve seen around Vero. If you prefer to dine al fresco, you have two choices. The first choice is a patio directly attached to the building which has a retractable roof and side panels that can be closed and air conditioned in inclement weather, or with the increased demand for outdoor dining, the second option is their newest expansion directly behind the first patio located under the oaks. I decided to dine inside on my first visit to get the full experience. Mikey, a long time Scampi Grill employee took care of us for the evening. Chef Alex sent out several dishes for us to enjoy, and I must say, this is some of the best Italian food I’ve ever tasted. Everything was freshly prepared and so full of flavor! I’m already counting the days until my next visit!

Now let’s dive right in and see what this place has to offer and what I had to eat!

Front Entrance
Dining Room
Al Fresco dining on the patio. The roof is retractable and sides can come down to enclose the space so it can be air conditioned
This new patio was installed recently to add additional outdoor dining space
Heirloom & Burrata – Baby heirloom tomatoes are served with fresh housemade burrata cheese, red onion, and dressed with a balsamic reduction. My first bite, I tried to get a little bit of everything, and WOW, it was so full of flavor! The creaminess of the burrata, the sweetness of the tomatoes, and the pop of the balsamic dressing, everything just paired so well together. Needless to say, there wasn’t a single morsel left on the plate!
Baby Artichokes – Tender baby artichokes are lightly egg battered and fried till golden brown and are served in an Italian herb caper butter sauce. One thing I love about doing these reviews, is that I let the chef choose my dishes for me. I would normally not order anything artichoke, but after tasting this dish, I would order it again. The artichoke hearts were so tender, the breading was light, but the sauce was the real star here and where most of the flavor came from. The sauce was very similar to a Picatta sauce.
Melanzane Al “Forno” – Stuffed eggplant is rolled up with imported ricotta cheese, Romano cheese, fresh spinach, Italian herbs, and is topped with a rich plum tomato sauce served over angel hair pasta. This is one of my go to dishes when eating Italian, and this one did not disappoint. The eggplant was very thinly sliced and rolled tightly. The red tomato sauce was one of the richest I think I’ve ever tasted. It had a very BOLD tomato flavor!
Chicken Limone – Pan roasted chicken is topped with lump crab meat, roasted garlic, fresh basil, and served in a chardonnay lemon cream sauce over angel hair pasta. The chicken cutlets were thin and very tender, the crab meat was quite fresh, and the sauce was very bright and lemony!

Scampi Grill
Address: 815 20th St, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: (772) 563-9766
Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday, 4:30pm – 9:30pm, Closed on Sunday
https://www.scampigrill.com/

Written by Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller, aka “The Treasure Coast Foodie” and “The Foodie Guy” is big on organic everything and very particular about his butter. He has reviewed over 250+ local restaurants in the last 6 years and is invited by Disney to review the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival every year. His food photos are devoured by 10’s of thousands each month on his website treasurecoastfoodie.com. As a Google Maps Local Guide, he has submitted over 2,500 photos that have been viewed over 30 million times. His foodie tribe is over 25,000 on the Treasure Coast and his Foodie Meetups & Chef’s Table Dining Experience events are some of the Top Culinary experiences in the area!

2 Comments

  1. Hello Mr Miller. This is the first time I’ve ever read your reviews.
    Beautifully done! Beautiful pictures!
    I LOVE GOOD FOOD!
    I have yet to venture out of the house since all this Covid mess and I’m thinking Scampi Grill will be my first dinner out. Yay! 6 more days and I’m fully vaccinated! Yippee! I am looking forward to reading more of your reviews.
    Thank you so much
    Sincerely
    Doreen

    • Thank you Doreen! If you would feel more comfortable, request outside dining. As you can see from the article, they have two nice patios. I hope you enjoy your first night out in a while!

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