Villagio Villagio
The Village of Merrick Park
358 San Lorenzo Ave. (Le Jeune Rd.)
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Cuisine: Italian
Enjoy Italian fare that warrants a shopping break or provides a casually elegant dinner.
Openings: Lunch & Dinner daily


Villagio Restaurant Review:

While Tom Billante’s string of upscale mall Italian eateries are not chain clones, similar menus (and the same casually fashionable feel) do make it seem that if you’ve been to one, you’ve been to all. Villagio’s menu follows the formula, featuring flavor-balanced fare that satisfies typical middle-American tastes without challenging them: fresh familiar salads, some authentically Italian (a caprese featuring house-made mozzarella), some not (the usual Caesar with optional chicken or shrimp); reliably al dente pastas, generously loaded, in favored U.S. or Argentine style, with sauces (many pink or cream-based); generously-sized meat and fish entrées. Especially appealing and skillfully-crafted are signature brick-oven pizzas, like the Pizza Pazza topped with prosciutto and crisp extra virgin olive oil-dressed arugula, and an extensive list of inventively-topped cured carpaccios, some based on filet mignon, others on fresh fish. For dessert there's a mascarpone-packed tiramisu or a warm apple pie à la mode. What makes Villagio stand out is its atmospheric garden court setting, replete with fountains, sculpture and royal palms; definitely grab a table outside.