Villa Romana

I’ve always had a soft spot for Italian cuisine. A few years ago I visited Italy and loved the warmth and openness of the Italian people, especially while eating a bowl of homemade pasta with a glass of Pinot Grigio.

 I received that same feeling of welcome – and a bit of comedy – on a recent visit to Villa Romana in Myrtle Beach. The décor immediately took me back to my visit to Rome, with large statues and columns. 

Every item on the menu is prepared from scratch by owner Rinaldo and his wife Franca. It was honestly difficult to decide on the right dish because they all looked delicious, but I settled for the Shrimps San Marzano, that is zucchini wrapped around jumbo shrimps, provolone & prosciutto, baked in a blend of zucchini, San Marzano Tomatoes and wine sauce. Just typing that made my mouth water.
While I knew I was in for a culinary treat, what I didn’t expect was the entertainment, courtesy of Michael Del Gardo, an accordion player. 

 As he plays, he goes around to every table in the restaurant taking requests while telling a few jokes. My table was serenaded with a lively version of The Phantom of the Opera complete with hair toss and white, half mask.
If you go make sure you bring a healthy appetite and a mood for comedy and live entertainment. The experience will be buenisimo!