My wife and I went to Vivande for a nice dinner out. What we found was terribly overpriced food. In fairness their pasta was extremely fresh, but our meal was very bland. I ordered the Canneloni which was really tastless. My wife had the Beggar's Purse which she really liked. We had appetizers of sun dried tomatoes stuffed with Pecorino (terrible) and the endive salad (ok, but not worth the price). For dessert we ordered the ""famous earthquake cake."" The earthquake cake, does not justify the name. The serving size is tiny. It is shaped like a triangle with the wide end being 1.2"" and the length being about the same. I know in America we eat too much, but the piece of cake was tiny. It was served on a glass plate with a tablespoon of whipped cream. Worse yet the cake cost $8. It was not a great cake. It tasted more like a brownie and for $1.50 you can go down the street to Peet's Coffee, order one of their brownies which is twice as large, and have a really good chocolate dessert.
Pros: fresh pasta
Cons: terrible service, terribly bland food, bad dessert, slowest dinner of my life