A spaghetti noodle, much like a swimming-pool noodle, maintains its shape until it's exposed to boiling water or sat on by children. Savor pasta's forced flexibility with today's Groupon to Villa Antonio's Ballantyne location. Choose between the following options:
• For $25, you get $50 worth of Italian cuisine for dinner.
• For $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine for lunch.
Villa Antonio's pasta purveyors craft dinner and lunch menus stuffed with authentic northern Italian dishes to pair with candlelight and floral table decorations. Stomachs sound dinner bells and call for the neighborhood strongman at the sight of the patata incrustes salmon, armored with a potato, artichoke, and sundried-tomato crust and marching through a fire-roasted tomato buerre while brandishing grilled asparagus spears ($26). The filetto causes steak knifes to gleam with an 8-ounce center cut fillet of beef surrounded by fingerling potatoes, crab meat, caramelized onions, applewood-smoked bacon, and haricot verts, all soaking up a fire-roasted red-pepper coulis and a port wine demi ($31). Meanwhile, Monday–Friday, lunch tops tables with selections including the Farfalle Mista ($10), a colorful mix of roasted red peppers, asparagus, sundried tomatoes, and goat cheese simmered in a roasted-garlic-white-wine sauce and tossed with bow-tie pasta worthy of adorning throats as fashionable as Pee Wee Herman's.
Villa Antonio's interior crescendos gracefully to a domed rotunda crafted with hand-blown glass and stone, displaying an abundance of lit candles and fresh flowers. Diners can take in the lyrical tunes emanating from the piano bar, where live entertainment echoes most evenings and yodelers hone their craft, or sit on the outdoor patio and watch the light shift in the water fountain.
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