Il Villaggio
35 Deer Park Ave
Babylon Village, NY 11702

Cozy Italian Restaurant With Tuscan Flare

Café Il Villaggio is a cozy, quaint Italian restaurant located in the heart of Babylon Village. The restaurant is family owned and operated by Chef Mike Domingo and his wife, Lucy. The restaurant has been in business for about 16 years now and was initially opened as a pizzeria/restaurant, where it became one of the first places on Long Island to offer specialty pizza pies, some of which are still found on the lunch menu (pizzetta).  


Chef Mike was classically trained in Italy at the professional institute, Alberghiero di Stato. He and his wife are both from Sicily and before coming to the United States Mike learned and worked at a number of restaurants in Italy, also doing some charity work along the way. The Domingo’s are genuine people who truly enjoy the sight of families coming together around the dinner table. Making people’s lives joyous through good food is what they desire and they're both very hands on when it comes to running the restaurant. They serve meals at the restaurant as they would serve to guests in their own home and everything is always cooked fresh to order.

The ambiance of the restaurant is extremely welcoming and relaxed, allowing you to feel right at home as you dine. Upon being seated we were offered some Acqua Panna, a natural spring water bottled in Italy, along with some smooth, well balanced red wine (a merlot, cabernet franc, syrah, nero d’avola blend) to accompany our meal. 


A classic Breadbasket (above left) arrived without delay and was served with a subtle, aromatic extra virgin olive oil. Next came the Antipasto Freddo consisting of top notch, fresh ingredients (above right). This classic starter was great to share amongst the table and both the Portobello mushrooms and roasted red peppers really stood out.

The Antipasto Napoleon is a unique offering that presents a clever combination of ingredients, creating an unbelievable emulsion of flavors (below left). This beautifully plated appetizer features roasted red peppers, tomato, avocado and fresh mozzarella drizzled with a balsamic demi glaze. The hand pulled mozzarella melts right in your mouth and the avocado adds a delightful creaminess, deeming this standout menu item an instant favorite.


Next to arrive hot from the kitchen was the Calamari Arrabiati – fried calamari tossed with cherry peppers in a spicy house sauce (above right). The calamari was very tender and the tasty sauce presented both a sweet and sour taste, compliments of the hot and sweet peppers used when preparing the dish.

Once we heard Chef Mike was known for his famous house dressing, we were eager to sample it atop their House Salad tossed with the freshest ingredients (below left). Low and behold, the dressing was incredibly delicious and luckily for everyone it is up for sale, but he'll never reveal the secret ingredients! 


Another salad to rave about is the Warm Spinach Salad, which includes cranberries, toasted pignoli nuts and shaved Parmigiano tossed in a warm balsamic dressing (above right). The pignoli nuts really enhance the salad and all flavors combine to create a tasty, health conscious salad.

Chef Mike surprised us with their best selling appetizer as our entrees were being prepared. The Fried Olives, stuffed with a medley of asiago, pepper jack and mozzarella cheeses, were deliciously addicting (below left). Served with a light tomato dipping sauce and cleverly presented in a martini glass, we couldn’t seem to get enough of this fascinating, exclusive offering.


We continued with the pasta course and sampled a Pappardelle Pasta with pignoli nuts, raisins, chop meat and peas in a light cream sauce (above right). The pasta is made in house and was cooked to a perfect al dente. The luscious combination of ingredients join together to create an exceptional, authentic Sicilian pasta dish.

The Linguine Giuilo is another impressive pasta dish featuring mussels, cockle clams, scallops and shrimp served in a garlic wine sauce (below left). Again the pasta was cooked to perfection and all the seafood was clearly fresh, tender and overall nicely executed. The superb sauce contained a hint of tomato and was the ideal coating for the pasta.


The Stuffed Salmon is generously stuffed with a flavorful crabmeat filling, served over a bed of spinach and bathed in a creamy garlic sauce (above right). The salmon was delicately prepared and the spinach was fresh and nicely sautéed. This is definitely a flavorful, fresh catch we would recommend to all the seafood lovers out there.

We continued with the Chicken Da Sole – chicken with grilled eggplant, melted mozzarella, tomato and shaved Parmesan served in a savory marinara sauce (below left). Elegantly plated, the chicken was exceedingly tender, juicy and combined with the accompanying ingredients, proved to be a flavorsome, reliable chicken entrée.


The Pork Chop Valdostana was the last of our entrees (above right). Served in a chestnut sauce with a pancetta risotto, the chop released an enticing aroma and with one bite we experienced the taste of a hearty, winter meal. Not only was the pork chop an impressive cut, but the risotto didn’t go unnoticed either, as it was flavorful and tastefully memorable.

All desserts found at Café Il Villaggio are freshly made in house. Accompanying our delectable endings was a cup of Espresso (below left) and a warm glass of Cappuccino (below center).


The Cannoli was notable with a crunchy outer shell and a homemade filling that was just out of this world (above right). The Tiramisu was delightful and offered a rush of strong coffee flavoring (below left). Lastly, the Strawberry Tiramisu presents an innovative twist on your standard Tiramisu (below right). It is very creamy and topped with a sweet strawberry sauce and fresh strawberries.


The friendly, accommodating staff at Café Il Villaggio is willing to go above and beyond when it comes to satisfying their customers. If you don’t see something on the menu – ask! If it’s in stock, Chef Mike has no problem with customizing your meal to your liking. Between the amazing food and graciously pleasant ambiance, Café Il Villaggio presents the ideal setting for a relaxing, gratifying evening out with friends and family.

Overall RatingSuperb

Cuisine: Traditional, Eclectic Italian

Ambiance & Décor: Cozy & Welcoming

Prices: Lunch $10 - $20, Dinner $15 - $25

Website: Café Il Villaggio

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