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Villaggio Grille

Villaggio in Italian means Village and a Village is defined as an ideal place where the people should be honest and hard-working. They should possess qualities like brotherhood and unity and be tolerant of faith and religion. In the old days, it meant to live like a large family and help one another in the hour of need. We visited the Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama, located in the heart of the Gulf Coast. We found that when we walked down Main Street and browsed through The Wharf’s friendly local shops, it was indeed a village. A perfect place of happy individuals ready to treat us like family. It is also an ideal getaway for beachgoers and sightseeing vacationers. The Wharf Amphitheater plays host to many top industry performers each year. Recently, it has been recognized as one of the best concert venues by the Academy of Country Music. So, you can prop your feet up after a long day in the sun and sand and enjoy the breezy atmosphere, take in a concert, shop, ride the Ferris wheel, or stop in one of four fabulous restaurants located at The Wharf. Yo-Ho Rum Tacos, Ginny Lane Bar and Grille, Mile Marker 158, or Villaggios Grille, are all owned by the same owners.

We were thinking about Italian food, so we decided to stop in Villagios. A fusion of Italian cuisine included everything from a meat and cheese board to wood-fired pizzas, mouth-watering entrees, and delicious desserts. We decided to start our meal with that meat and cheese board, and it did not disappoint. It included Capicola, Prosciutto, Gorgonzola, Honey Brie, Pickled Vegetables, Fig Spread, Spiced Walnuts, and Crackers.

For an entrée, I ordered the Chicken Parmesan, and Marty decided to try the Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken, which came with spinach cream cheese stuffed chicken, saffron risotto, broccolini, and sun-dried tomatoes.

We both added a lovely side salad which was definitely a fresh addition. All included with a side of tasty bread. We paired it nicely with an excellent Rose’.

This is as close to Italy as you can get on the Gulf Coast! We can not wait to try the other three restaurants next time we visit The Wharf.