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New Italian restaurant to open at Renaissance

The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine will open a new casually-elegant Italian Grille named Villagio on Nov. 11, 2011. Located inside the atrium lobby, Villagio will serve a range of traditional Italian pastas, flatbreads, paninis, fresh fish, great steaks, local farm fresh salads, and family-style traditional Italian cuisine.

In celebration of the opening, Villagio will feature a special $11 tasting menu the weekend of Nov. 11-13, 2011, in celebration of 11-11-11. Located in the space previously occupied by 500 South Restaurant, the restaurant will be open nightly for dinner from 5 – 10 p.m. In addition to indoor dining, guests also will have the option to dine outdoors on the resort’s beautiful new brick-paved La Terrazza outdoor terrace.

“Villagio will be a leading edge, yet very approachable, restaurant that will feature a fresh ‘farm to fork’ menu with many of the menu items sourced from local farmers,” said Paul Daum, Beverage & Food Director/Assistant General Manager of the resort. “The restaurant will specialize in Italian fare that uses the freshest ingredients in the region, and will be an outstanding new dining option in Northeast Florida.”

Villagio will be under the direction of Restaurant Chef Alberto Avila, who is known for his creativity, flare, and exceptional cuisine. Prior to joining The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort earlier this year, Avila served for two years as Restaurant Chef and Restaurant Manager for the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel and Spa in downtown Oklahoma City and prior to that, he was the Chef and Owner of Santioni’s in Ponte Vedra Beach.

“Chef Alberto is a truly-talented chef who creates exceptional Italian dishes,” added Daum. “Diners will be in for a real treat when they taste his cuisine, and experience our fine new restaurant.”

The bar adjacent to the restaurant, formerly named 500 South Lounge, will be The Bar at Villagio. Offerings include a wide range of specialty cocktails, classic cocktails with a twist, great wine-by-the-glass choices, and a host of locally micro-brewed beers that highlight The Renaissance brand’s indigenous offerings. The Bar at Villagio will also feature a daily 5-6-7 Happy Hour from 5–7 p.m., where guests can choose items from 5 different specialty food and beverage menus with each item priced at $6. “These menus allow our guests to experience some of our finer items from our beer, wine, specialty cocktail, and food menus at a special price, and the choices are quite extensive,” said Daum.

Open to the public, Villagio will feature a diverse menu, comprehensive cocktail list, and extensive wine list with offerings from Chile, Spain, South Africa and Italy. The restaurant also will be open for breakfast from 6:30 – 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday, and from 7 a.m.-noon on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, the restaurant will be open for lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.

Villagio Restaurant and The Bar at Villagio also are available for private parties, and for holiday parties. Options include cocktail receptions in a private section of the lounge, formal wine dinners in one of the two private dining rooms, and chef experiential interactive dinners.

For more information or reservations to Villagio Restaurant, or to inquire about hosting a private party, call 904-940-8623. For information on The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, call 904-940-8000, and visit

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