By Gayl Biondi
Ask a New Yorker what they miss most about the East Coast and they’re likely to say “the pizza.” Ask a savvy pizza lover in the Coachella Valley where to get the most authentic slice of “pie” and they’re just as likely to say “Pizzeria Villagio.”
Since it’s inception three years ago, Pizzeria Villagio has won Palm Springs Life’s Best of the Best contest for Best Pizza every year. You’ll understand why when you experience the old-world flavor that meets new-world freshness. The Genius behind Pizzeria Villagio is using family recipes passed down through generations, that traveled from Italy to New York City to be re-invented in California. The tradition of dough made from scratch topped with farm-fresh ingredients and cooked in a brick oven is available to customers right here in our backyard.
Since it opened in March of 2011, Pizzeria Villagio has expanded to twice its original size to accommodate the steadily growing and faithful clientele that craves great pizza and other Italian specialties in comfortable surroundings. With an impressive beer and wine selection, Pizzeria Villagio is as welcoming for a late supper for two as it is for happy hour with friends or a family outing.
Customers may choose to design their own handcrafted pizza with a choice of 26 different toppings, or go for one of the popular combinations. Not surprisingly, the biggest seller is the New Yorker with homemade Italian sausage, Portobello mushroom, pancetta, artichoke hearts, roasted garlic, and bread crumbs.
While pizza is front and center, the menu offers up other tantalizing offerings, including eggplant parmigiana, fettuccine alfredo, linguine with clams, chicken parmigiana, and spaghetti bolognese. Panini and sub sandwiches are popular lunchtime choices. And, of course, no self-respecting Italian food lover would leave without trying the homemade cannoli for dessert.
Pizzeria Villagio is easy to get to in minutes from anywhere in the Coachella Valley with its convenient, freeway-close Cook Street location. Drop by for happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. or plan a special occasion in the private dining room that seats up to 32 people. Pizzeria Villagio is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Pizzeria Villagio Italian Kitchen
37029 Cook Street, Suite 101, Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-779-5050 • www.pizzeriavillagio.com
• Pan-Fried Mozzarella
• Paisano Wings
• Prosciutto and Gorgonzola
• New Yorker
• Pizza Bianco
• Meat lovers
• Fettuccine Alfredo
• Penne al Forno
• Linguine with Clams
• Spaghetti Carbornara
• Eggplant Parmigiana
• Chicken Parmigiana
• Salmon Ripieno
• Chicken Marsala
• Capolsaldo, Pinot Grigio, Veneto Italy, 2012
• Saintsbury Chardonnay Carneros, 2011
• Lincourt Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Ynez, 2011
• Aquinas Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, 2012
• Cambria Pinot Noir, Santa Maria, 2012
• Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma, 2011
• Fresco Nipozzano Chianti Rufina, 2010
• La Quinta Brewery IPA