Vito’s Café, tucked away in a little pocket of Fort Thomas, touts itself as the “Home of the Singing Servers.” Classy entertainment paired with the authenticity of a hearty Mediterranean meal makes for an experience that is sure to liven your spirits.

Owners Vito and Mary Ciepiel set the mood with vintage décor: mauve settees dotted with leopard print pillows, crimson velvet drapes, Michelangelo prints and oversized mirrors. Antique chandeliers cast a soft glow.

What’s now lighting up Vito’s is the new top man in the kitchen: Romuald “Romy” Jung, who had left The Bellagio in Las Vegas for The Palace at The Cincinnatian Hotel in June 2007. Why is an acclaimed French chef now moving to a small place known for Italian and Sicilian fare? Jung cites a number of personal reasons why Vito’s appeals to him, including his friendship with the Ciepiels. He says he’s aiming to “bring it to the next level” by reducing and improving the menu, and changing it more often. He’s also adding Sunday brunch.

The results? My dining partner and I splurged forantipasti with theFrutti di Mare ($18), an assortment of mussels, jumbo shrimp, crab-stuffed mushrooms and seafood ravioli, topped with scampi sauce. The super-fresh pasta and high-quality shellfish arefantastico.

A variety of insalata, including Caesar andCaprese (tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, basil and balsamic vinegar), and the soup of the day — Tomato Cream for our visit — are a few of the items to round out the pre-entrée selection.

We tried theLasagne Sicilia ($17). A whopping 14-ounce serving, this dish is made with Bolognese sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, parmigiano cheeses, and just the right amount of garlic. Despite the massive size, a clean plate was all that remained after the meal.

I had theCannelloni al Forno (oven-baked pasta tubes), stuffed with broccoli, mascarpone and parmesan cheeses ($18). Topped with marinara and melted mozzarella cheese, then garnished with fresh chives, this was quite a show-stopper. Also of note is Vito’sWheel of Parmigiano ($16), a particularly rich fettuccine Alfredo made tableside. Vegetables, chicken, veal or shrimp may be added.

Who can resist adolce tray? Although Vito’s signature dessert is the White Chocolate Bread Pudding, we shared the Marble Cheesecake with Toasted Almonds and Coconut (desserts are $7).

Along with an extensive wine list, Vito’s offers pricey but unique mixed drinks. I tried thebevanda di giorno (drink of the day): a Granny Smith Apple Granita Martini ($9). You won’t find any antifreeze-colored schnapps in this icy drink, lovingly made with a freeze-then-scrape technique.

The Vito’s Cafe experience is also about themusica. Vibrant servers, training for performing arts careers, belt out Broadway show tunes and other pop favorites, with piano accompaniment.