Universal CityWalk Opens Two New Restaurants

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Antojitos Cocina Mexicana and VIVO Italian Kitchen are now serving diner. Catering to thousands of tourists as well as local visitors, Universal CityWalk has expanded their dining options.

Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, taking the spot of the old Camacho’s Cantina, brings a bit of spice to CityWalk offering traditional and innovative Mexican dishes. Appetizers include a trio of guacamole with additions of pomegranate, queso fresco, pepitas and jalapenos; shrimp and citrus ceviche; nachos and esquitos (roast corn with jalapeno mayonnaise, cojita cheese and ancho spice); tortilla soup and a beef taco salad. Main dishes include a variety of enchiladas, fajitas and tacos. There are also many house specialties including chile relleno, chicken and beef burritos, shrimp with chorizo, skirt steak with cilantro rice, quesadillas, flautas and chimichurri skirt steak. Sides include vegetables, black or refried beans, cilantro rice and plantains.

A big draw for the new Mexican eatery is their cocktail menu with more than 150 tequilas, several tequila flights and many specialty margaritas.

Another plus is the lively atmosphere with an outdoor patio, live mariachi music and a huge centerpiece bar.

Across the walkway is VIVO Italian Kitchen, also new. Inspired by the flavors of Northern Italy, VIVO houses an al fresco patio as well as indoor seating serving lunch and dinner.

The menu includes hearth-baked pizzas with hand tossed dough including margherita, fennel and sausage, pepperoni, four cheese and prosciutto and arugula flavors. Antipastas include salads, house made meatballs, calamari, mussels in marinara, a Tuscan kale and white bean soup and pizza dough stuffed with tomatoes and garlic. Pastas include spaghetti with pepper, meat sauce spaghetti, lasagna, eggplant ravioli, squid ink linguini with seafood and penne with Italian sausage. Main dishes include chicken piccata, seafood risotto, grilled salmon, beef medallions, eggplant parmigiana and chicken marsala. Desserts include ricotta cheesecake, tiramisu and homemade gelato.

Both restaurants are located at Universal CityWalk.

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Shaena Engle
Shaena Engle is a food, lifestyle and travel writer for a variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena magazine, AOL, The Daily Meal, The San Diego Union Tribune and PokerPro magazine. She has interviewed top chefs including Lidia Bastianich, Michael Chiarello, Hubert Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jose Andres, and many others. She has authored three books, The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Las Vegas (Globe Pequot Press), The Best Places to Kiss in Southern California (Beginning Press, a romantic travel guide) and Silver Linings: Triumphs of The Chronically Ill and Physically Challenged (Prometheus Books).  She is also an amateur magician and often writes on gambling, poker and magical happenings.  She also is a freelance consultant on restaurant, food, travel and hospitality public relations and marketing efforts.
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