I'm baaaaaack...and what better way to come back but with a phabulous phood phind in
Malverne, N.Y. named Il Villagio.
In these times, we usually find ourselves in restaurants where the service can be perfunctory or over the top and with very little attention paid to the true meaning of service with a smile as was such with our waiter Victor. Our Saturday night reservation was for 7:30 and before we knew it, it was 11:00. Wow!
The atmosphere was simply cozy. With the intimate dark wood bar as you entered and the museum worthy paintings of Venice on the walls, you were transported away...that is until Victor came out and described many chef specials in English which included selections of European seabass...ie Branzino and salmon along with their tenderloin steaks and chops nicely displayed as seen here. Either way, a distinct European feel.
Since rarely write anything negative, I usually need two or three visits to a restaurant/ristorante in order to taste enough to write about since there is the possibility I might find myself not in love with everything,
In this case, everything I tasted told me only one visit to Il Villagio would be necessary.
Yup, a rarity...and not only that...writing about it in record time.
So let's get it on!
Sharyn & Joel had been to the restaurant and knew what they liked. It wasn't an easy choice to make as virtually every special Victor described sounded quite appetizing.
Sharyn ordered the appetizers/antipasti which consisted of a beet salad she loves, baked whole clams, and jumbo lump crab salad with avocado.
I'm not sure what we did to deserve after dinner drinks, however the owner Marco came over to the table and graciously offered them to us. An extreme rarity nowadays that we graciously accepted.
In closing, we've learned not to eat too many appetizers and bread and a main course as that can be overwhelming. Leaving a restaurant unstuffed is also kind of refreshing.
Sleeping through the night well without feeling the effects of your dinner is an added plus for this fabulous food find in the most unlikely of places in Malverne, N.Y., USA!
Grazie a te, Victor e il personale per una serata meravigliosa.
Joel, Sandy, Bert & Sharyn
As usual, please feel free to comment!