Tucked away in a shopping center just off Clairmont and North Decatur, Villagio is quietly but expertly whipping up old-world Italian recipes with a keen eye toward fresh ingredients.We'll just come right out and say it: this cozy little hideout is giving the Decatur Square a run for its money. Tucked away in a shopping center just off Clairmont and North Decatur, Villagio is quietly but expertly whipping up old-world Italian recipes with a keen eye toward fresh ingredients. And here we were thinking that a night spent enjoying truffle fries, butternut squash and sage ravioli, and boutique wines required an hour-long wait and/or a black Amex.
Under the guidance (and classically trained hand) of their Executive Chef, Villagio is crafting the kind of rustic Italian fare one might happen upon after wandering the streets of Florence for a day: traditional, age-old recipes that dramatically surpass the realm of neverending pasta bowls, generic red sauce, and endless bread sticks. In addition to familiar classics like flatbread margherita pizza, lamb shanks and the like, Villagio also offers a little something you may not have encountered before: spiedini, an Italian take on kabobs that acts as a sort of delicious meal on a stick. Villagio's versions include tender morsels of lemon-rosemary salmon, harissa-marinated lamb and cumin-rubbed beef, skewered and chargrilled to juicy perfection. Pair one of those bad boys with a glass of vino from a boutique European vineyard, drink it in amidst Villagio's warm, intimate environs, and… well, you'll see why people like to use words like "hidden jewel" when talking about this place. We certainly do.
Fritto Misto, $9
Margherita Pizza, $9
Chicken Saltimbocca Spiedini, $7
Harissa Marinated Lamb Spiedini, $9
Butternut Squash Ravioli, $14
Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday - Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.