This review is way over due. My wedding was on June 11 2017. Patrick was the one who reached out to me after his observation of me looking at IL Villagia on the wedding website the Knot. I was reluctant to go visit this place because I knew it might be out of our budget. I spoke to the husband and we decided to meet with Patrick and take the tour. Patrick knew what he was doing and my husband knew that he lost me as soon as I saw the ballroom. Patrick won me over before I even saw the place when he described what our experience would be like. This place was my dream come true. The budget no longer mattered! My wedding was beautiful, the food was delicious and the staff were so attentive. Our guest told us what a good time they had and how good the food was. Patrick was extremely supportive through the process giving us advice on what had to get done outside the venue. It was the happiest day of our lives and I have to thank Patrick for being such a good business man 😁. I wanted to celebrate my one year anniversar here, but my husband wouldn’t let me lol.
Excellent Service & and great food
I had my daughter's bridal shower there on Sunday and it was amazing! Patrick and his staff were curtious, friendly and such a please to work with. Would have another party there with no problem. Patrick had everything running smoothly.
Great service and friendly staff
Very beautiful elegant venue, food is incredible
Last night, we had the great pleasure of dining at Il Villaggio. Our waiter seated us at a well appointed table with the ladies on a very comfortable, high-back salon, and greeted us in Italian â€œbuona sera.â€ He then proceeded to dazzle us with an act of mental dexterity and charm as he described the many special appetizers, salads, and entrees of the night in detail with options for variations to each. The stuffed figs with gorgonzola and prosciutto were delicious. My wifeâ€™s swordfish oregano was delightful and I had the finest, generous piece of Chilean sea-bass that I have enjoyed it many years. The presentation was outstanding, the layers of flavors were balanced and well conceived but the service was so classic, professional, and understated that it was the most memorable part of the evening. Our wait staff appeared whenever we â€œthoughtâ€ we might want something. If you want a delicious meal and royal treatment, Iâ€™ll Villaggio is well worth the trip. Iâ€™ve been to Europe this summer and had some excellent dining experiences but, if you want a world-class dinner closer to home, this is the place to choose.
All the appetizers were fabulous, and the main course course was out of this world!!!
Beautiful wedding venue. Jersey knows how to through a party.
Italy comes to NJ, one of the best I have been to in NJ
I had my wedding here in March of 2016 what a awesome experience Patrick and Ralph gave my family and I ! I highly recommend and the food is amazing
Outstanding service. The filet mignon was decent with the potatoes. I've had better but I would still recommend it
Eggplant soooo good
The ambiance of this establishment is beyond exquisite. The "Old World" charm of the main dinning room is complimented by the quality of the food menu, sophisticated wine cellar list and a delightful dessert finale. 5 Star with Class... Thumbs Up
My now husband keeps saying the phrase “We fell in love with the people first, then the place.” Il Villaggio has some of the most caring and warm hearted people working there. Patrick and Richard were just amazing people to know and worked hard with us to make our wedding go smoothly. My husband and I didn’t have a wedding coordinator and were more than happy to help us navigate through our planning. In addition, Patrick doubled as our officiant and our guests just loved his spin on the ceremony. My maitre d’ Leo and bridal attendant Wendy were very tentative, accommodating and would make changes to the schedule as the wedding was happening without hesitation. Also, the owner of the venue (I am terribly sorry, I cannot remember his name right now) radiates warmth with his smile and kind voice. These people are amazing. As for the place, this was one of the nicest, most elegant, and just simply amazing places I’ve ever been to. Great food, amazingly high ceilings, spacious ballrooms and main gathering space. Even the lighting setup in the main ballroom just blew my guests away. In addition, the food was phenomenal. There was so much of it and everything was incredibly delicious. Also, and I found this out at the end when I went to gather my belongings the next day, this venue donates centerpieces that are not collected to the nearby nursing home. Too many feels hit my heart. I can’t say enough great things about this place. Thank you so much for making my wedding special and giving my guests the time of their lives.
We booked Il Villaggio for our wedding after visiting four NJ venues in one weekend. For us, Il Villaggio stood out from the crowd for several reasons: its elegant appearance, its size, its selections of food and presentation options, and their sales manager, Richard. Richard was very courteous, knowledgeable, and accommodating to us throughout the entire process, and really made booking with Il Villaggio a no-brainer. We had several things to bring to the venue before the reception, including favors for over 180 people, and Richard was a big help in allowing us to do this several days beforehand, even keeping the favors in a cool, dry place (chocolates were included, so this was important). Richard helped coordinate the food tasting as well, and if we weren't already impressed by the ambiance of the venue and professionalism of everyone involved, the food spoke for itself. It is absolutely delicious, and the only regret we have is that we weren't able to taste everything on the night of the reception! Maybe Richard will let us crash a future wedding to sample their cocktail hour… When the big day finally came, Il Villaggio delivered and really lived up to its reputation as a premier venue in New Jersey. Richard, the wait staff, the maître d, the bridal attendant, and everyone else were on top of their games. Everyone had a great time and could not stop praising the food, service, and atmosphere. Everything went so smoothly and we are very appreciative of the professionalism that made it possible. Thanks very much!
...and food is pretty good....but overall its pricey. I have friends that rave about this place, but for NY prices in a NJ restaurant, I do not think it always hits the mark. Some meals are not consistent from visit-to-visit...some are just above average at best. Any occasional fixed menus (ie mothers day) seem to disappoint. I want to just overall love this place, but just can't to date, but i'll keep trying.
We loved it the staff the food the venue Top Notch!!!
Il Villaggio is a great place to go if you are seeking a fabulous fine dining restaurant. The food is exceptionally good and the service is the best. The entire staff is dressed in black suits, white shirts and black ties. Since this is also a great place to have a wedding, or other function, they have valet parking.
Beautiful place friendly staff