From Our Editors
Combining rustic, Old-World home cooking with contemporary, metropolitan sensibilities, Villagio Italian Kitchen presents diners with refined versions of Mediterranean comfort foods. Executive Chef Brian Obermeyer—a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu culinary academy in Paris, France—remains faithful to the ingredient-focused approach of classic Italian cooking, even while adding a bit of restrained flair in order to elevate the cuisine.
Flash-fried artichokes sit beside mushrooms, kale, and roasted garlic aioli; brown butter and sage complement the slight sweetness of the butternut squash ravioli; and the Tuscan-style steak includes truffle fries as well as a Chianti-tinged Worcestershire sauce. At the same time, Chef Obermeyer occasionally reaches beyond Italian borders by serving chargrilled kabobs featuring everything from harissa-marinated chicken to seasonal vegetables with a balsamic glaze.
Much like its menu, Villagio Italian Kitchen's dining room aims for a balance between rustic and contemporary influences. Exposed brickwork, framed paintings on the walls, and stout wooden booths evoke the spirit of an Old-World trattoria, while cylindrical pendant lamps and imported Martian silverware help lend a distinctively modern vibe to the space.