Restaurant Review - Villaggio Ristorante

• The CPMEA Quarterly • November 2006 •
Reviewer: Melanie Sparkes

The restaurant is housed in a Victorian style unit with old world charm however once you walk through the front doors you are welcomed into a classic decor with dark woods mixed with modem touches of stainless steel and elegant punches of colour displayed in accessories throughout.

When planning a night out at Villaggio an appetite and good company are requirements. The menu boasts a wide variety of generously sized antipasto, pasta and meat and fish dishes. If you crave traditional Italian fare, or if you crave unique and fresh combinations, you will not be disappointed. The craftsmanship and the fresh ingredients that go into each dish are obvious from the time the dish is presented to the time the final bite is taken. To provide a recommendation of certain dishes over others would be not only difficult but unfair to the menu. Some personal favourites are the calamari, lightly battered and fried, the rigatoni with Portobello mushrooms in a mushroom sauce and any of the veal dishes. If you want everything on the menu but just can't decide, a suggestion is to order the appetizer portion of the pasta as a side to the main meat or fish dish. This will allow for full enjoyment of all the courses without missing anything. For those with larger appetites, the pastas can be ordered in dinner portions alongside the main dish. To accompany the meal, Villaggio offers a large wine selection. From the novice to the expert, there is something to please all palates.

Specialty and dessert coffees are available, from regular coffee to cappuccinos, and are a perfect ending to the meal. For the more adventurous, try the chocolate or fruit flavoured grappa, available year round.

Those that have a sweet tooth have come to the right place; Villaggio makes most of its own desserts in house and the quality is evident. The tiramisu and the cheesecake are personal favourites, but like the dinner menu, a bad choice cannot be made from any of the selections.

Villaggio Ristorante is located at 110 Nashville Road, at Hwy. 27.

Reservations are highly suggested, especially on weekends, as the restaurant often sells out.