Before the tomato was introduced to the Old World, pasta sauce was made with anything else red, such as hats, apples, and baboons. Stay in the modern world of delightful dining with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian fare at Villa Antonio, with locations in Ballantyne and on South Boulevard.
Prices and items vary slightly between the Ballantyne and South Boulevard menus, although both locations avail your tongue with taste-bud-trampling appetizers such as the lobster gnocchi in a pink vodka sauce ($12) and mussels fra diablo (Prince Edward Island mussels simmered in spicy, roasted-garlic pomodoro sauce, $10.95). Main coursify your stomach with agnello risotto (lamb lollipops marinated in extra-virgin olive oil over a bed of faro risotto, $31.95) or rolatina (chicken stuffed with prosciutto, spinach, roasted peppers, and crimini mushrooms, lightly breaded and seared in basil-pesto cream, $25). Dive into the penne del mar and lose yourself in a sea of vodka-tomato cream sauce, penne, shrimp, scallops, and mussels ($25.95 at Ballantyne; $34 at South Boulevard, served in a vodka pink sauce, and with Maine lobster instead of mussels).
Villa Antonio's live entertainment and family-friendly atmosphere enhance an already enchanting evening, warding off garlic-hating vampires with steaks and society-shunning eccentric billionaires with the sounds of laughter and feelings of perfect acceptance. Slip into a comfortable chair at Villa Antonio and learn some mouth Italian with today's deal.
Not valid for alcohol. Tax not included.
- The meal was hot and delicious. My wife had chicken parmesan, I had the Sacchetini [sic] with run-ripened [sic] tomatoes. It was some of the best I've ever had. – PickyDiner1, Citysearch
- The wine list was exquisite, the 5 course dinner was superb, the coffee excellent, and the dessert choices...well, what can I say...you have to see for yourself! – York_SCBarbara, TripAdvisor
According to Villa Antonio's chef, there are only two secret ingredients in romantic fine dining: abundance and flavor. The menu strikes a careful balance between the two, from the New Zealand lamb chops crowned with melted gorgonzola to the mandarin-orange pesto in the grilled diver scallops to the dessert trolley's pilings of cannoli, tiramisu, and italian cheesecake.
That abundance extends to the spirit of the staff—who upholds the restaurant's motto, "Where you are never a stranger twice"—as well as the decor. At the Ballantyne location, a stone rotunda fitted with hand-blown glass looms over the dining area, while a fountain casts shimmers of colored light across the outdoor patio. At the South Boulevard location, eyes are drawn to the bar area via the black-and-gold flower pattern that dominates the floor. Additional audio-visual flavor can be found on Friday and Saturday nights, when live music helps conjure a romantic atmosphere, much like the sound of Barry White cackling like a witch.
14825 John J. Delaney Dr.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28277Get Directions