This Bridgton, Maine eatery is the latest from longtime restaurateurs Joanie Wilson and her husband Jimmy Burke, whose first restaurant, Allegro, established a new gold standard in and around Boston when he opened it in 1981. Together, Joanie and Jimmy have opened Riva and JW’s Burger Bar in Scituate and Orta in Pembroke, which were sold and continue to have great success, fueled by the inspiration provided by Joanie and Jimmy. And now, Vivo, in Bridgton, Maine, where Joanie and Jimmy determined years ago buy a house, establish themselves in the Bridgton community, and to finalize their restaurant careers with Vivo, the culmination of their nearly four decades of experience in the restaurant business. Joanie and Jimmy have understood from the beginning, that if you use fresh, excellent quality ingredients of traditional Italian dishes, which dictate ‘the fewer the better’, the more clearly and enjoyably the few ingredients will express themselves and the heritage and delight of Italian cuisine.
“We are passionate about making great food, great memories, and great friends along our journey of life.”