If you follow me regularly, you know that I have a bit of a beef with airport dining. That said, I’m thrilled that more and more airports are elevating their options so we may actually get to the point where it’s worth checking in early or not suffering through a long layover. I’m all in favor of eating before boarding so you can have more control over what you consume, but I want to see more than cinnamon rolls and soggy pizza on the menu.
Imagine my delight therefore when I had the opportunity to try Vino Volo at JFK recently. Since I became self-employed, I no longer have airport lounge membership. It used to bother me but now that I’ve discovered Vino Volo, I really don’t care. This is way better!
What’s all the fuss about? While you’re waiting for your flight, you can indulge in a flight of a different kind, a wine tasting flight. Vino Volo’s thoughtful and extensive list has something for everyone whether red, white or rosé, Old World or New World. The Italian Stallions get my vote, a macho flight of Valpolicella, Barolo and Rosso di Toscana that perfectly complemented the cheese plate. Even my sommelier husband was impressed…
But, Jayne, you’re all about being healthy on the road… That’s right, I am. First of all, I’d rather see someone consume a glass of red wine rather than a soda any day. The former – in moderation – is way healthier than the latter. Secondly, wherever there is good wine, there is usually good food. That principle certainly applies in Vino Volo’s case.
The menu is small but well-planned. You can order as little as cured olives or marcona almonds to enjoy with your wine (I really recommend that if you’re not having anything else to eat – please don’t ever drink on an empty stomach). Or, you can select from three plates and three sandwiches and salads. These all come in half portions, which I wish more places would offer, so the calorie counts are very reasonable.
The smoked salmon rolls are 270 calories for a half portion; chickpea and chorizo chili a mere 200, penne and cheese for the non-carb phobic weighs in at 330 calories for a half portion. A fabulous roasted chicken breast salad has 310 calories for the half, and 510 calories for the full size. Sandwiches are similar in energy values, and you can choose between the tuscan chicken or the brie and prosciutto. Not too shabby!
Plus the setting is stylish and comfortable, and, in my humble opinion, more interesting than an airport lounge. I can people watch and I’m less likely to be subjected to other folk’s cell phone conversations. Most importantly, the wine and food options are better!
Vino Volo has 17 airport locations, including JFK, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington Dulles, Newark and Philadelphia. For exact airport and terminal locations, check out their website at http://www.vinovolo.com. Now if they would just open one in the American Airlines terminal in Orlando…