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The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort Opening New Italian Restaurant Named “Villagio”

. . . The Restaurant Will Feature A Special $11 Tasting Menu The Weekend of Nov. 11-13, In Celebration of 11-11-11 

JACKSONVILLE/ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (November 2011) – The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine will open a new casually-elegant Italian Grille named Villagio on November 11, 2011. Located inside of the AAA Four-Diamond resort’s picturesque 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 November 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.”

Featuring beautiful architecture, a full-length wine wall, hardwood floors, warm wood tones, colorful accents, and dramatic lighting, 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 AAA Four-Diamond Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel and Spa in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Prior to that, he was the Chef and Owner of Santioni’s in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Previous positions include serving as Restaurant Chef at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort for four years, and as Chef and Owner of Antony’s Ristorante in Haledo, New Jersey. 


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“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. 

Located within the lush 6,300-acre World Golf Village, adjacent to the World Golf Hall of Fame, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort is the only Northeast Florida resort and convention center to receive the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond rating. The honor is achieved by less than 4% of the AAA approved properties. Other honors recently bestowed on the resort include Successful Meetings magazine’s acclaimed “Pinnacle Award,” Association Meetings magazine’s prestigious “Inner Circle Award,” and Meetings & Conventions magazine’s acclaimed “Gold Key Award.” 


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Not resting on its many laurels, the resort recently completed other enhancements, which includes the addition of 15,000 square feet of new outdoor function space, to bring the resort’s offerings to 101,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The resort also recently opened a new The UPS Store and Business Center; added a new destination services and event planning department; added a picturesque new fountain called La Piazza; added a scenic new gazebo; and opened The Resort Shop, which serves a full menu of Starbuck’s coffees, pastries, breakfast fare, sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, and desserts, as well as an array of local gifts and souvenirs. 

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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PR Contact: Karen Lamonica at (407) 788-7070, ext. 208, or NOTE: High-resolution photos of the resort may be downloaded from . Or, photos of the resort, and of Villagio, are available by contacting Karen Lamonica.