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Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: jcow ()
Date: May 23, 2012 09:44AM

Anyone know anything about the new place going into the old Heart and Hand Builiding?

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: May 23, 2012 09:52AM

dunno... but sounds over priced and pretentious already!

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Italiano ()
Date: May 23, 2012 10:32AM

The Villagio will be a great addition to Clifton, A nice family food establishment offering Italian food. One of the partners has owned several successful restaurants and the other has great vision. The Villagio will be anything but overpriced and pretentious but it will be done the right way, thank God. And,they will be offering delivery service which is needed in this area.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: May 23, 2012 10:34AM

Not going to offer up the ownerships other locations?

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Italiano ()
Date: May 23, 2012 10:41AM

San Vito's and, I believe, Paradiso.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: jcow ()
Date: May 23, 2012 10:47AM

that sounds great! any chance they will do music weekends or nights?

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: jcow ()
Date: May 23, 2012 10:47AM

and when are they opening?

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: May 23, 2012 10:51AM

Italiano Wrote:
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> San Vito's and, I believe, Paradiso.


Pizza Paradiso?

Seems promising, if its Pizza Paradiso i look forward to pie and German Weisse Bier

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Italiano ()
Date: May 23, 2012 11:11AM

As these guys are doing things the right way, it will take time. Hopefully (for everyone) beginning to mid October.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Date: May 23, 2012 12:28PM

Italiano Wrote:
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> As these guys are doing things the right way, it
> will take time.

As opposed to what the previous owners would have offered...

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...Still, if the Weston's guy found someone dumb enough to buy him out or take over that lease, he is one lucky SOB. Given the quick handover, I'm assuming the guy didn't go bankrupt over this.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: jcow ()
Date: May 23, 2012 02:43PM

Wow! october? what are they doing? gutting and rebuilding?

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Happy ()
Date: May 23, 2012 02:46PM

Right now the place looks like crap. I hope they can make it decent looking.

We deserve a good pizza place.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: May 23, 2012 02:47PM

have you ever been in the Heart n Hand? It probably hasnt had a full remodel in 30 years.

The stench of failure needs to be removed.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Stones. ()
Date: October 20, 2012 11:19AM

Open yet?

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: friskydingo ()
Date: October 20, 2012 01:15PM

Stones. Wrote:
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> Open yet?


Nope.. It's surrounded by a construction fence with 'coming soon' signs 'n stuff.

Wtf, how long does it take to renovate a restaurant??

 

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: jcow ()
Date: November 08, 2012 04:15PM

why did they tear down all the trees in the square and put up that ugly fence....makes that side if the building vwery unattractive.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: November 08, 2012 04:25PM

jcow Wrote:
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> why did they tear down all the trees in the square
> and put up that ugly fence....makes that side if
> the building vwery unattractive.

It appears they cleared room to increase seating capacity. Not sure what the original configuration allowed for was but i'm sure it was small relative to other restaurants here. good idea IMO.

Building has no where to go but up. Its been in need of a full rehab for at least 20 years

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Italiano ()
Date: November 09, 2012 05:27AM

New landscaping will replace what was there and the fence is not yet completed so give it time. As for the delay, anyone who haas gone through the permit process in this county fully understands how many hoops you are made to jump through before given the ok.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: jcow ()
Date: December 03, 2012 03:04PM

nice to see the trees have been planted, and i can see the continual forward movement, but do we know when this place will finaly open?

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Working hard ()
Date: December 03, 2012 04:15PM

This is going to be a really nice family restaurant. They are working everyday day it get the restaurant open as soon as possible.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: need a new resturant ()
Date: January 30, 2013 01:16PM

Anyone know when and if they are still planning on opening?

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Daddio ()
Date: January 30, 2013 01:33PM

Here's the latest. The Fairfax Co. permit process took 3 months longer than anticipated/hoped for. All permits have been approved and the target date for opening is sometime in early summer.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: BEH ()
Date: January 30, 2013 02:10PM

Any chance that this Italian restaurant will actually be run by Italians?

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Daddio ()
Date: January 30, 2013 04:46PM

Yep. One of the partners was born in Italy and came here in his teens. He has owned several successful restaurants in the past.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Cliftonian ()
Date: January 30, 2013 10:35PM

Wait, the permit process took an extra three months so they are delaying opening by eight months? They originally advertised opening October, 2012 so June, 2013 (earliest part of summer) would be an eight month delay.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Daddio ()
Date: January 31, 2013 05:20AM

The Oct. date was targeted when the property was first leased as being open for Clifton Day would have been nice. That was quickly changed to Jan/Feb once the process began and after the permit delay taking so long, Juneish sounds about right.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Hope they learned ()
Date: January 31, 2013 06:32AM

Paradiso Ristorante - Inspection Report
Inspection Information:

Facility Type: Full Service Restaurant
Inspection type: Risk Factor Assessment
Inspection date: July 09, 2012
Number of critical violations: 4
Number of non-critical violations: 2
Definition of critical and non critical violations

Violations:

A summary of the violations found during the inspection are listed below.
Code Observation / Corrective Action
43.1-3-3(a) Corrected During Inspection Critical There is no Certified Food Manager present at the beginning of the inspection.
It shall be unlawful to operate a food establishment unless it is under the immediate control of a certified food manager. It is highly suggested that you have more than one employee with the food manager's license. ORS Interactive, Inc. (see handout provided) issues the required photo identification card with proof of successful completion of a certified food manager's exam. Failure to have a certified food manager on site during ALL hours of operation including food preparation, food service, and cleaning/sanitizing of equipment/utensils will result in closure of the establishment.

5-202.12(A) Water from the handwashing sink at serving station was measured at a temperature less than 100°F - hot water was not available.
A handwashing sink shall be equipped to provide water at a temperature of at least 100°F through a mixing valve or combination faucet.

5-205.11(B) Corrected During Inspection Repeat Observed the handsink in the kitchen is being used as a dumping station.
Handsinks are to be used only for washing hands to encourage proper hand washing and to prevent contamination of cleaned hands.

3-501.14(A)(1) Corrected During Inspection Critical The following cooked potentially hazardous foods are not being adequately cooled from 135°F to 70°F within 2 hours sausage cooling for 4 hours in the walk-in cooler observed at 74°F - discarded.
Potentially hazardous foods shall be cooled from 135°F to 70°F within 2 hours to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

3-501.16(A)(2)(a) Corrected During Inspection Critical Repeat The following food item(s) were observed cold holding at improper temperatures using a calibrated food temperature measuring device: garlic and oil (63F) in prep top - discarded. raw beef (48F), eggplant parm (48F), manicotti (45F), cooked chicken (48F) in walk-in cooler. Risotto (49F) and mozarella stick (46F) in 3dr prep cooler in front of the grill - moved to 1dr freezer to bring temperature down quickly. Main walk-in cooler was set at higher temperature so temperature was lowered and EHS observed temperature to 42F below inspection was completed. However, 3dr prep cooler in front of the grill was still out of temperature.
Potentially hazardous foods (time/temperature control for safety food) shall be held cold at a temperature of 41°F or below unless the permit holder is using "time as public health control" as specified under 3-501.19 to limit bacteria growth.

7-102.11 Corrected During Inspection Critical Repeat Working containers of poisonous and toxic materials are not properly labeled with a common name: 3 chemical spray bottles in the kitchen and one in the bar were not labeled.
Label all working containers of poisonous and toxic materials, including cleaners and sanitizers, with a common name to prevent the dangerous misuse of these materials.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Them too? ()
Date: January 31, 2013 06:35AM

San Vito Ristorante Italiano - Inspection Report
Inspection Information:

Facility Type: Full Service Restaurant
Inspection type: Routine
Inspection date: January 08, 2013
Number of critical violations: 6
Number of non-critical violations: 6
Definition of critical and non critical violations

Violations:

A summary of the violations found during the inspection are listed below.
Code Observation / Corrective Action
3-203.12(B) Critical The date when the last shellstock from the container is sold or served is not recorded on the tag or label. Although shell stock tags are stored at the facility, it is important to remember to write the date on the tag when pulled from the last shell stock being served. Then from the date you write on the tag, store tag for ninety days from that date.
The identity of the source of shellstock (oysters, clams, mussels) that are sold or served shall be maintained by retaining shellstock tags or labels and marking the tag or label with the date when the last shellstock from the container is sold or served.

4-702.11 Corrected During Inspection Critical The food-contact surfaces of the following equipment were not observed sanitized: The utensils being sanitzed in the ES2000 dish machine.
All utensils and food-contact surfaces of equipment shall be sanitized before use and after cleaning. Instructions on sanitizing the utensils using the three vat sink method was provided and the manager assembled the sink with quarternary ammonium which tested at 200ppm

4-703.11(C) Critical Chemical sanitizer immersion time was not adequate for chlorine sanitizing solution.
Chemical sanitization (manual or mechanical operations) including the application of sanitizing chemicals by immersion, manual swabbing, brushing, or pressure spraying methods using a solution by providing: 1) an exposure time of at least 10 seconds for a chlorine solution, 2) an exposure time of at least 7 seconds for a chlorine solution of 50mg/L that has a pH of 10 or less and a water temperature of 100°F or a pH of 8 or less and a water temperature of 75°F, 3) an exposure time of at least 30 seconds for other chemical sanitizing solutions, or 4) an exposure time used in relationship with a combination of temperature, concentration, and pH that when evaluated for efficacy yields sanitization. Fax a copy of the repair of the dishmachine within 10 days showing the repair of the ES2000 chemical sanitizing dishmachine. Quarternary ammonium in the three vat sink tested at 200ppm and is to be used to sanitize utensils until the unit is repaired. A demonstration on how the sanitize using the three vat sink was provided during inspection.

3-501.16(A)(2)(a) Corrected During Inspection Critical The following food item(s) were observed cold holding at improper temperatures using a calibrated food temperature measuring device: breaded mozzerella cheese stick 46f, sliced tomato 43f, diced tomato 43f
Potentially hazardous foods (time/temperature control for safety food) shall be held cold at a temperature of 41°F or below unless the permit holder is using "time as public health control" as specified under 3-501.19 to limit bacteria growth. The temperature on the unit was knocked and the cfm adjusted the unit to a temperature of 39-40f by the end of the inspection. Food placed back into unit.

3-501.17 Corrected During Inspection Critical The following refrigerated, ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food that is prepared on site is not used or discarded within 24 hours of preparation and was not observed to be date marked: buld containers of lobster bisque soup, bulk container of marinara sauce. Other items were properly dated marked in walk in refrigerator
Refrigerated, ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous foods that are prepared on site and kept for more than 24 hours cannot have a shelf-life of more than 7 days, including the day of preparation. These food items must be marked with either the "consume-by" date and/or "preparation" date, color-coded labels, or another marking system/method that effectively indicates shelf-life that is clearly understood and properly used by the employees.

3-603.11(A) Critical A review of the menu with the foodservice operator indicates that there is no consumer advisory for the following food item(s) that may be served raw and/or undercooked: Salmon, steak on steak salad, and Tiramisu.
If an animal food such as beef, eggs, fish, lamb, milk, pork, poultry, or shellfish is served or sold raw or undercooked the permit holder shall inform consumers of the significantly increased risk of consuming such foods by way of a disclosure and reminder using brochures, deli case or menu advisories, label statements, table tents, placards, or other effective written means. A sample consumer advisory was provided during inspection today. Fax a copy of all pages with the consumer advisory statement and/or the pages with the foods listed above showing the asterisk on the food item which matches the asterisk on the consumer advisory statment within 10 business days to ATTN: Area E4 inspector; 703-385-9568

4-204.112(B) There was no temperature measuring device located in several refrigeration units.
Cold or hot holding equipment used for the storage of potentially hazardous foods (time/temperature control for safety food) shall be designed to include and shall be equipped with at least one integral or permanently affixed temperature measuring device that is located to allow easy viewing of the device's temperature display.

3-302.12 Corrected During Inspection Unlabeled food containers with the following food items that are not easily identified by appearance: cooking oils in bottles
ALL food and ingredients removed from their original container and stored in other food containers, squeeze bottles or "shakers" shall be labeled properly using the common name of the food (if the food or ingredient is not easily distinguished). For example, all cooking oils, salt, sugar, flour, starch, spices, herbs, etc. shall be labeled.

4-202.16 The nonfood-contact surface of the following equipment is not designed or constructed to be easily cleanable: The cloth tied around the hobart mixer on the turn handle
Non-food contact surfaces shall be free of unnecessary ledges, projections, and crevices, and designed and constructed to allow easy cleaning and to facilitate maintenance.

43.1-1-5(f) The following items are intended for household use only and are not approved for use in a commercial food establishment: The GE chest freezer in the kitchen.
Food equipment that is certified or classified for sanitation by an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited certification program will be deemed to comply with Parts 4-1 and 4-2 of this chapter. Food equipment in a food establishment shall be certified of classified by an ANSI-accredited certification program, an equivalent certification program, or approved by the Regulatory Authority before installation and/or use.

4-602.13 The nonfood-contact surfaces of the following equipment had accumulations of grime and debris: clean around handsinks and the gaskets on the refrigeration units.
Nonfood-contact surfaces of equipment and utensils shall be cleaned at a frequency necessary to preclude accumulation of soil residues.

6-501.11 Observed that the facility has holes in wall in office door, exposed drywall across from walk in refrigerator door.
Repair the physical facilities. Poor repair and maintenance compromises the functionality of the physical facilities.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Or them? ()
Date: January 31, 2013 06:36AM

Only 1 Violation



San Vito Centreville - Inspection Report
Inspection Information:

Facility Type: Full Service Restaurant
Inspection type: Routine
Inspection date: December 13, 2012
Number of critical violations: 1
Number of non-critical violations: 2
Definition of critical and non critical violations

Violations:

A summary of the violations found during the inspection are listed below.
Code Observation / Corrective Action
4-501.114(A) Critical Repeat When tested, the low temperature, chemical sanitizing warewashing machine at the bar was observed with a sanitizing rinse concentration of less than 50 ppm chlorine solution.
Immediately discontinue use of the dishmachine. Until the machine is adequately repaired, use the machine in the kitchen to wash glasses.

3-501.15(A)-(B) Corrected During Inspection The following methods used for cooling were not adequate to facilitate proper cooling: large container of alfredo sauce cooling at room temperature. It was suggested that the sauce be split into smaller containers and cooled in an ice bath to cool quickly.
Cooling hot foods shall be accomplished as follows: 1) placing the food in shallow pans; 2) separating the food into smaller or thinner portions; 3) using rapid cooling equipment; 4) stirring the food in a container placed in an ice water bath; 5) using containers that facilitate heat transfer; 6) adding ice as an ingredient; or other effective methods. Food containers placed in cooling and cold equipment to cool shall be: 1) arranged in the equipment to provide maximum heat transfer through the containers walls, and 2) loosely covered or uncovered as long as protected from contamination to facilitate heat transfer from the surface of the food.

4-602.13 Repeat The nonfood-contact surfaces of the following equipment had accumulations of grime and debris: inside top edge of ice machine, caulking at 3-vat sink.
Nonfood-contact surfaces of equipment and utensils shall be cleaned at a frequency necessary to preclude accumulation of soil residues.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Impressed ()
Date: January 31, 2013 06:38AM

Patriot's Cafe - Inspection Report
Inspection Information:

Facility Type: Full Service Restaurant
Inspection type: Routine
Inspection date: March 27, 2012
Number of critical violations: 0
Number of non-critical violations: 1
Definition of critical and non critical violations

Violations:

A summary of the violations found during the inspection are listed below.
Code Observation / Corrective Action
3-304.14(B)(1) Corrected During Inspection Wet wiping cloths used for wiping counters and other equipment surfaces were observed stored on the counter.
Wet wiping cloths are to be used for wiping counters and other equipment surfaces and are to be held in a chemical sanitizer solution at the appropriate concentration between uses.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Owner ()
Date: January 31, 2013 12:55PM

Standard food establishments (the others are limited food establishments) are visited 3 times per year by the Health Department. It is the norm for Inspectors to find numerous "violations" during each visit. Most are corrected during the visit which is minor and if an Inspector does not find at least several violations, they are viewed by their Supervisors as not doing their job. If there were any real danger to the general public, the food establishmeent would be shut down.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Cliftonian ()
Date: June 09, 2013 01:41PM

So, it's June now, Villagio doesn't appear any cost to opening. Any updates, Daddio? Either that spot is cursed or someone(s) in Clifton is/are actively working against anyone succeeding in that space.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Clifton resident ()
Date: June 09, 2013 03:00PM

Villagio has had construction going on for the last month. It looks like they now adding on to the back of the building. It look like it is going to be really nice. We can't wait till they open.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: vitiligo ()
Date: June 09, 2013 06:24PM

vitiligo is no joking matter...

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Arlington couple ()
Date: June 09, 2013 06:47PM

Have you ever been in the back on the building in the hallway to see how bad the whole building has shifted. We were in the wine shop and used the bathrooms upstairs. Really crazy. I hope all this has to be fixed before it opens. And the water coming out of the sink was a yellow color. Maybe because it's well water. I know we would never drink it.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Fairfax mom ()
Date: June 09, 2013 11:20PM

Story goes the building is cursed. The building should be restored to what it was. Clifton is losing a historical building now that the town has allowed major changes to the building. It's really to bad. Shame on Clifton. They go all out to save a school. That was terrible the school was closed. And now the an old historic building is now a green pizza eye sore. What a shame

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: so.... ()
Date: June 25, 2013 11:47AM

the banner is back up, and they sponored the wine festival...cars decorated with their name adn logo...where are they getting all the money to pump into a business that isn't even open??italian mob???

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Clitonian ()
Date: June 25, 2013 12:06PM

Problem with Clifton restaurants is that they are hard to get too even for those people who live relatively close by. All those windy roads for 20 minutes... sometimes it easier to go to Fairfax.

Someone needs to open a nice restaurant on 123 near Burke lake park. Large population in the area, higher end incomes and zero decent restaurants within 30 minutes.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Clifton Snob ()
Date: June 25, 2013 03:29PM

Anyone know how many strippers they'll have at the new place in Clifton when they finally open? What will a lapdance cost?

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: tired of waiting ()
Date: June 26, 2013 10:44AM

at this point i'm thinking i wont go just out of principal. so tired of waiting for there to be something other than the pub....what's it been 2 years now...?
they haven't updated their facebook page, haven't posted anything new in months.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Clifton resident ()
Date: June 26, 2013 11:24AM

I am looking forward to the restaurant opening. It has taken awhile since they needed to start from the ground up.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Wine lover ()
Date: June 26, 2013 10:42PM

Who owns the building? Maybe it's the permits holding it up. The building has been in horrible condition for years now. Take a walk inside from the wine shop. It's like walking in a fun house. The floors are crazy. Just go upstairs to use the bathrooms. I'm surprised it's still standing. They put the banners up and the cars with every event in Clifton. The general store is all they need and the ice cream place.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: I walk by every day ()
Date: June 29, 2013 03:21PM

Fact is the place is a dump. It needs major work. I just hope Fairfax County is keeping a sharp eye on the work. The permit posted is for second floor seating. It's really a shame the building was allowed to go so downhill. Why would the town allow it. The building is old and should have been kept in original condition. Now it's just a chopped up crazy mess. The parking is terrible. I feel sorry for the homes close to it. What is wrong with the owner?

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Historian ()
Date: June 30, 2013 10:13AM

The story of the old Buckley store is a pretty interesting one. The current owner got control of the property after the previous owner ran into financial difficulties.
Attachments:
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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Historian ()
Date: June 30, 2013 10:16AM

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Dog Lover ()
Date: August 04, 2013 04:14PM

Enjoying an evening stroll and Peterson's ice cream cone with my husband last night in Clifton, I ran into a very polite young man picking up trash in the grassy area alongside the new restaurant that is currently under construction. (old Heart in Hand location) Come to find out, this man who lives in the small village town with his wife and two small children, was the executive owner of the new restaurant, VILLAGIO, that is being built. In speaking to him, I have a feeling this place is going to be a very unique spot and a fantastic addition to Fairfax County. The restaurant will have an extensive wine list, charcuterie, fresh home made pasta, al fresco dining in a village setting, private dining and a gourmet market complete with brick oven pizza. I wasn't surprised to hear about all the challenges he had encountered over the past year, dealing with such an old building. I for one am excited and looking forward to this new venue and wish he and his family all the best.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: BEaner ()
Date: August 04, 2013 06:27PM

Talk is cheap.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: ghu ()
Date: August 04, 2013 06:29PM

What the fuck is an "executive owner"?

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Townhouser ()
Date: August 04, 2013 09:30PM

Dog Lover Wrote:
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> Enjoying an evening stroll and Peterson's ice
> cream cone with my husband last night in Clifton,
> I ran into a very polite young man picking up
> trash in the grassy area alongside the new
> restaurant that is currently under construction.
> (old Heart in Hand location) Come to find out,
> this man who lives in the small village town with
> his wife and two small children, was the executive
> owner of the new restaurant, VILLAGIO, that is
> being built. In speaking to him, I have a feeling
> this place is going to be a very unique spot and
> a fantastic addition to Fairfax County. The
> restaurant will have an extensive wine list,
> charcuterie, fresh home made pasta, al fresco
> dining in a village setting, private dining and a
> gourmet market complete with brick oven pizza. I
> wasn't surprised to hear about all the challenges
> he had encountered over the past year, dealing
> with such an old building. I for one am excited
> and looking forward to this new venue and wish he
> and his family all the best.


Hmmm someone putting a positive post listing the specific foods that will be available, seating types, and exaggerating the owner's job title ("executive owner"? PLEASE. Stop promoting your own business, or at LEAST don't be so FUCKING OBVIOUS about it.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Dog Lover ()
Date: August 04, 2013 11:14PM

The man gave me his business card. He took the time to talk to us about the restaurant. Why so negative? A nice family place would be great for the community.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Who cares ()
Date: August 05, 2013 08:25AM

Who cares about the gossip in Clifton. Problem is the town has lost control of the old red building on Main street. The shame is how this will effect the homes around it. The building looks insane with the wall on the back of it. That being said, I'm sure he had permits to do what he did. I think people of the town just have to accept the new owner of business is large and in charge. It's a shame but a simple truth people will have to live it. After all I heard he really has helped the town.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Joe Kingman ()
Date: August 05, 2013 05:15PM

The building is private property, so since when did the town have "control" of it to lose? It's historic (over 100 years old) and has been preserved pretty well considering its age. The exterior is not being changed, from what I can see, except for the new patio enclosure in the back and probably fresh paint. I'm sure the food will be fine and I for one am looking forward to seeing the new restaurant open. As to neighboring residents, there has been a restaurant in the building since the early eighties, so they are probably used to it by now.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Who cares ()
Date: August 05, 2013 10:29PM

Why would anyone care about what goes on in the building. The guy is large and in charge. So deal with it. His money will help Clifton. He only wants the best for the town. He is the man.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Pizza Man ()
Date: August 09, 2013 09:19AM

I just hope they have great pizza. We need some good pizza in the area. I'm so tired of Pizza Hut and the rest.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Danno ()
Date: September 07, 2013 04:17PM

So when it is going to open?

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: fugazzi ()
Date: September 07, 2013 07:48PM

We are opening soon. We will be serving hindi ethnic foods. We will also be carrying the best gyro nova as ever seen. We will also be he first to offer halal pork.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Tripp ()
Date: September 09, 2013 05:28PM

I also don't understand the negative and insulting posts. As 25 year Clifton residents we are VERY excited for this restaurant to finally open, and sincerely hope that decent pizza will soon be just 2 minutes away.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: hey rube ()
Date: September 09, 2013 07:01PM

@ Tripp

Simple answer to your question: trolls are lower than Congress.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Can't wait ()
Date: September 30, 2013 06:04PM

It will open soon. We can't wait to eat there. He has done amazing work on the building. Now it's the best place in town. Just look at the jobs that will open up. Parking might be hard. The town will just have to deal with it.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Rataggio ()
Date: September 30, 2013 07:51PM

Is it true that the preliminary inspection revealed a rat infestation?
Cliftonites want to know!

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Can't wait ()
Date: September 30, 2013 08:48PM

CLIFTON WOULD NEVER ALLOW RATS

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: tiny ()
Date: October 09, 2013 04:09PM

Just applied in person at the new villagio's in old town Clifton, everybody seemed to be very busy working hard to make a perfect lunch and dinning experience

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Big Man 241 ()
Date: October 09, 2013 05:24PM

Opening soon??

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Hungry bastard ()
Date: October 12, 2013 10:15AM

WHEN IS THIS PLACE GOING TO OPEN!

What a shitty marketing team they must have....

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Stew ()
Date: October 12, 2013 01:14PM

+1

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Here Ya Go ()
Date: October 12, 2013 01:28PM

Rumor has it the opening is the day after Clifton Day.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Pizza ()
Date: October 12, 2013 03:06PM

That is incorrect. It will be opening about 10 days after that.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Stew ()
Date: October 12, 2013 03:59PM

Why?

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: owner ()
Date: October 12, 2013 09:59PM

Ey hugry bastars eat a dick and chill out u fat fuck

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Stop Hating Haters ()
Date: October 14, 2013 08:08PM

Vallagio is a much needed place to eat in this town, the current options are quite limited. I'm not going to bash the pub or Trummers but...another option would be great. There is only one owner and his wife, they are kind people and have integrity and good morals. The partner of the other restaurants mentioned here is not at all involved. The fact that they put a ton of money into a historic restaurant renovation project that needed serious TLC is admirable in itself. Most would not take this on... It clearly is a gamble in some ways. We are so happy that it is somewhere that will: Deliver, is Clean, and Done right. Why does anyone question where the money came from, so stupid. The added touches and expanded outdoor seating to the place show the owner cares about his patrons and is a smart business man-that typically works well for customers. The place is absolutely lovely, just because that is the case it doesn't mean it's pretentious. We all have eaten at nice restaurants where big investments have been made and they are not necessarily pretentious and are NOT over priced. why is that assumption being made here?
This is a blessing especially because structural engineers have said the building MUST be renovated and the owner has never put a penny into it. When someone spends that kind of money on a project he clearly has gone from Vision to Dream to Reality... He will not go cheap on service or food choices and that is obvious. Quality is what we need, and we have all heard that from so many cliftonites, now that it is here, we are hating?! OK- so the parking situation will totally suck but it already sucks and always has... What is the difference now? The old Heart and Hand attracted many customers in its day before it was run into the ground. Why can't we just be excited and happy and wish the new owners well and enjoy that we have a little treasure in our back yard? I can't wait to go eat there opening day next week!! Stop hating haters. GO VALLAGIO!

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Ditto ()
Date: October 14, 2013 08:37PM

I was invited for a tour this weekend and the place is absolutely fabulous. No doubt there will be some "hiccups" in getting it up and running but I'm sure Villagio will be a showcase food establishment in the area. Best wishes to the owners.

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Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Curious Neighbor ()
Date: October 15, 2013 02:44PM

Nice post. But you say the owner of the building never put a penny into it. How could you possibly know that? I have talked to the owner, who tells me he has spent many tens of thousands on repairs and upkeep and gave substantial tenant concessions in exchange for their improvements. And if the building was so bad, how come it's almost always been fully leased? Let's just enjoy the new restaurant, which will do so much for Clifton, and stop sniping at everybody involved.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Manassas Trash ()
Date: October 15, 2013 03:28PM

This won't help reduce the Manassas Trash that comes into Clifton each day.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Willard ()
Date: October 15, 2013 06:28PM

Watch out for the rats. That bldg is over run with them.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Willard=jealous ()
Date: October 15, 2013 06:51PM

I was not going to say anything but you sound like a jealous pizzeria owner from Manassas. LOL!

Please stay in your "hood".

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Tert ()
Date: October 15, 2013 11:54PM

What's this

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Tret ()
Date: October 16, 2013 12:06AM

Tert Wrote:
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> What's this


A restaurant that took two years to open which will go out of business in one.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Steelers Fan ()
Date: October 19, 2013 01:27PM

I have been sitting back reading all of this shit - its funny. too bad the people running this place don't know a flippin thing about restaurants. It's supposed to be an Italian restaurant the "exec. chef" is middle eastern and the parking is gonna piss off the other businesses and residents. I give them two weeks before the people from the pub fire shots across the street and war breaks out. Hes a greedy bastard and I hope for the town people that the rats and roaches in that dirty kitchen eat the shitty food first.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Weebetall ()
Date: October 19, 2013 01:41PM

Even though I hate the Steelers, I agree with you. the place is gonna crash n burn, flip flop on its fat face and leave its trash all over the place. What's the deal with all of the shit in the back anyway, The old nasty white tent was better at least I didnt have to see all of that mess when I drove by. It looks like a junk yard blew back there.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Horse racing fanM ()
Date: October 19, 2013 06:09PM

Anyone know when it's going to open? Is it the owner of the building who did the changes. I also remember the old white tent. And yes parking should be fun. I heard at one time it was two men that were partners opening the place. I guess we will all see how it goes.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Italiano () ()
Date: October 21, 2013 10:32PM

I heard the 2nd chef got fired already! They're N E V E R going to get this thing open! Bella Pizza delivers in town, call them.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: pre83 ()
Date: October 22, 2013 09:20AM

Manassas Trash Wrote:
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> This won't help reduce the Manassas Trash that
> comes into Clifton each day.


It has been said that in the Clifton area we have our own version of Manassas. It is called Little Rocky Run. I think I speak for most Clifton area folks when I say that, as long as you respect the town, you are most welcome irregardless of the area that you reside.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: BBQ fan ()
Date: October 22, 2013 01:07PM

I am looking forward to Villagio opening and have been for over a year. In the mean time I would like to recommend one of my local favorites. ABSOLUTE BBQ which is basically located down Compton RD, left turn on Ordway RD. The owners,
Ben and Martha, used to live in the town of Clifton and are originally from the deep south. Ben has something like 40 years of BBQ experience. Almost all the sides and sauces are made from scratch. Nothing pretentious about this place, it is the real deal. For what you may pay for a drink at Trummer's, you can get a whole delicious southern cooked meal.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Where's the Craic ()
Date: October 22, 2013 01:16PM

They had a soft opening last night, and their "grand opening" is Wednesday. As a employee of the pub I've yet I here of a problem but who's To say it doesn't flare up in the near future.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Bruno ()
Date: October 22, 2013 08:54PM

Some clarification needed here. ONLY the Little Villagio Pizzeria and Market will be opening tomorrow. The restaurant is opening in about 2 weeks when the final touches are completed.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: UH Oh..... ()
Date: October 22, 2013 09:05PM

"As a employee of the pub I've yet I here of a problem but who's To say it doesn't flare up in the near future."

Tells you all you need to know about what type of creature will be serving you.
I thank this employee for keeping me from wasting my time going there.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Not So Fast ()
Date: October 22, 2013 09:31PM

UH Oh..... Wrote:
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> "As a employee of the pub I've yet I here of a
> problem but who's To say it doesn't flare up in
> the near future."

He's talking about the place across the street - the Main Street Pub, associated with the Clifton General Store, not Villagio.

> Tells you all you need to know about what type of
> creature will be serving you.
> I thank this employee for keeping me from wasting
> my time going there.

Doesn't tell me anything. I'm looking forward to the place opening.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Bus Mom ()
Date: October 22, 2013 09:40PM

Doesn't the restaurant have all the parking around it's building? If Villagio isn't open yet, who do the cars that are already parked there belong to? Pub? Church? It seems that they have plenty of parking to support their business. Looking forward prick oven pizza; looks like a cool place. Exciting!

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Steelers fan ()
Date: October 23, 2013 07:32PM

You mean when you can find a chef.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: What the hell? ()
Date: October 23, 2013 07:40PM

Have you seen all of the new signs they posted about parking at the Villagios? Jesus I thought Clifton was a quaint town, it seems they are all pissing on each others parade rather than making it a fun place to go to. I figured parking was going to suck after that place opened up, and now I see it is for real.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Mario ()
Date: October 23, 2013 08:15PM

Everyone, including the owner, dislike the signs but it was a requirement by the Town of Clifton Planning Commission as part of the parking approval.If enough people express their dislike of the signs to the members of the Town Council, the problem of the excessive signage could be corrected.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Makebelieve ()
Date: October 23, 2013 09:15PM

Mario Wrote:
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> Everyone, including the owner, dislike the signs
> but it was a requirement by the Town of Clifton
> Planning Commission as part of the parking
> approval.If enough people express their dislike of
> the signs to the members of the Town Council, the
> problem of the excessive signage could be
> corrected.


Try again. Nothing resembling reality was contained in this post.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: centrevillian ()
Date: October 23, 2013 10:19PM

BBQ fan Wrote:
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> I am looking forward to Villagio opening and have
> been for over a year. In the mean time I would
> like to recommend one of my local favorites.
> ABSOLUTE BBQ which is basically located down
> Compton RD, left turn on Ordway RD. The owners,
> Ben and Martha, used to live in the town of
> Clifton and are originally from the deep south.
> Ben has something like 40 years of BBQ experience.
> Almost all the sides and sauces are made from
> scratch. Nothing pretentious about this place, it
> is the real deal. For what you may pay for a
> drink at Trummer's, you can get a whole delicious
> southern cooked meal.


Sorry to threadjack...

ABSOLUTE BBQ is pretty good, when it was open. Stopped by there recently and the parking lot was closed off with a gate and signs stating it was under renovation were posted. Called the phone number on the website and it was disconnected. Emailed the address on the website and received no response. I hope they're going to re-open and be open more than 3 days per week.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Mario ()
Date: October 24, 2013 04:25AM

Nothing resembling reality was posted? What? Exactly what do you take exception with? (You weren't there for the discussion we had so I suggest you ask him yourself for the truth). You don't believe that everyone dislikes the signs? Not anyone I've spoken with and I doubt (but could be wrong!) that there is someone out there who really likes the signs. You don't believe that residents contacting the TC with their opinions wouldn't lead to a discussion and possible change of the signage requirements imposed? Of course it COULD be changed.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Makebelieve ()
Date: October 24, 2013 07:25AM

Mario Wrote:
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> Nothing resembling reality was posted? What?
> Exactly what do you take exception with? (You
> weren't there for the discussion we had so I
> suggest you ask him yourself for the truth). You
> don't believe that everyone dislikes the signs?
> Not anyone I've spoken with and I doubt (but could
> be wrong!) that there is someone out there who
> really likes the signs. You don't believe that
> residents contacting the TC with their opinions
> wouldn't lead to a discussion and possible change
> of the signage requirements imposed? Of course it
> COULD be changed.


I love it when a tool doesnt know hes being used as a tool. Your being lied to about the need for signs or if you wine loud enough people will change town code.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Mario ()
Date: October 24, 2013 07:46AM

Well asshole, go ahead and tell me what you know.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: PizzaEater ()
Date: October 24, 2013 08:09AM

The market and pizza counter were opened last night so I ordered a couple of pies to check it out. They were slammed, of course, so it was on the chaotic side and wait times were pretty long, but the pizza was tasty. They really did an unbelievable job renovating the place and it's obvious they spent a ton of money. We took a quick tour of the restaurant and garden and it looks nothing like it used to. Sounds like it will be a couple of more weeks until the main restaurant opens but I look forward to giving it a try.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Clifton1 ()
Date: October 24, 2013 12:34PM

Very well said!!

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Clifton1 ()
Date: October 25, 2013 10:57AM

My first experience at the Little Villagio take out was not a positive one. We had an issue with the pizza when I returned home and called immeadiately. The manager, Joe, offered to make us two more. When I drove back to Villagio, I had the same result.

Joe seemed to listen, but not "hear" what I was saying. He said, "come back tomorrow and we will get it right". Why tomorrow to get it right?

I admit, I have very high expectations for this place because I hear the owner is a "perfectionist" and "does things right", as well as "spares no expense". I really hope this place succeeds!

The 12" pizza is actually 9" and the 16" turned out to be 12". I hope they get that issue corrected as well.

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Re: Villagio of Clifton
Posted by: Missed the Mark ()
Date: October 25, 2013 08:05PM

Clifton1 Wrote:
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> My first experience at the Little Villagio take
> out was not a positive one. We had an issue with
> the pizza when I returned home and called
> immeadiately. The manager, Joe, offered to make us
> two more. When I drove back to Villagio, I had
> the same result.
>
> Joe seemed to listen, but not "hear" what I was
> saying. He said, "come back tomorrow and we will
> get it right". Why tomorrow to get it right?
>
> I admit, I have very high expectations for this
> place because I hear the owner is a
> "perfectionist" and "does things right", as well
> as "spares no expense". I really hope this place
> succeeds!
>
> The 12" pizza is actually 9" and the 16" turned
> out to be 12". I hope they get that issue
> corrected as well.



Clifton 1, I think we are on the same page. I feel that the owners did a fantastic job with the renovations and having a good Italian place in town will be a great asset. I too have been anxiously awaiting the opening. If the food is good I will be dining there/carrying out dozens of times throughout the year.


Unfortunately, my first experience was very similar to yours. My very simple order was delivered incorrectly and the quality and taste of the pizzas was marginal at best. I expect to pay a premium price at Villagio but I also expect the quality of the product to match. It most certainly did not. I am sure this will improve with experience.


Unfortunately with hungry kids to feed returning the pizzas, and the associated wait-time with doing that, was not an option.


My question for the Villagio management is this: Are you willing to make any accommodations for those of us that purchased dis-satisfactory pizzas over the course of the first few days of opening?

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