Debbie Gioquindo here — and did we find a hidden gem. Just off the Taconic State Parkway on Route 55 is The Villa in Lagrangeville. From the outside it looks like an ordinary Italian restaurant. The inside decor is the same, and the atmosphere is what you would expect at a nice family restaurant. But Restaurant Week specials is what sets it apart from the rest.
It was so nice to see selections on the wine list from Whiteciff Vineyards and Millbrook Vineyards that it was a tough decision on what to order. We chose the Whitecliff Awosting White and the citrus bouquet matched the spring weather enjoyed during the day and paired well with the appetizers we ordered.
I chose the Long Island Topneck Clams Oregano while my husband ordered the Tomatoes & Cucumber salad with Sprout Creek Farm Goat Cheese. Soon after, the server came out with homemade Ravioli the chef wanted us to try. They were delicious! One was filled with wild mushroom and spinach with white truffle oil the other was filled with clams.
For the main course I chose the Homemade Quattro’s Farm Duck & Scallion Ravioli in a Sage Brown Butter. Incredible! The homemade ravioli are excellent. The dough is rolled very thin so the flavors of the filling really stand out. My other half ordered the Linguine with Long Island Littlenecks and chopped clams in a white wine and garlic sauce.
The real dilemma came with dessert. I couldn’t decide between the Cannoli or the Sprout Creek Cheese Plate. Both were ordered. The Cannoli was good but the cheese plate rocked! It was outstanding! The Mostarda on the cheese was incredible! We were told to eat the Mostarda first, then the cheese with the strawberry then the cheese and apple. Fabulous! We will definitely be back. The website for The Villa: TheVillaPastaandGrill.com.