La Vigna, the only Italian restaurant at Century Village, takes you to a different place and time altogether. Without getting onto a plane, you’re transported to the Italian countryside with rustic brick walls, wooden windows and red and white table tops. The fiery built-in pizza oven adds to the ambience too. The restaurant is two-floored, in-addition to a huge outdoor area, a bar and shisha.
The weather these days is so nice, that my friends and I decided to have our lunch at the outdoor dining area. A bread basket filled with different types of freshly baked bread was served as soon as we were seated. And we couldn’t stop munching on them. It was that delicious.
For drinks, I ordered a Lady Suzi and my friend had Give It To Me. We opted for the non-alcoholic ones, but they have an extensive alcoholic menu too. Lady Suzi with its passion fruit and soda was tantalizing and refreshing while Give It To Me was really creamy and delish, thanks to the ice-cream in it, but it was too damn cold.
For starters, we had Zuppa di Cozze, Calamari Alla Griglia and Bruschetta. If you don’t know, Zuppa di Cozze is mussel soup; the broth was really flavourful, but the mussels had a raw fishy taste, even though it was cooked well. The Bruschetta was cheesy and tasty and the Calamari (we opted for the fried calamari, instead of grilled) was warm, crispy and my favourite.
The mains were Diavola Pizza and Scallopa Crema e Funghi. Don’t be frightened by these names, the menu has explanations in English 😊 and you can always ask the staff, if you’re lost 😊Diavola is a spicy pizza with beef salami, and tomato and chilli pepper sauce. Cooked in the oven with Italian wood, it has a unique flavour and is one of the best pizzas I’ve had till date. Need I say more!!!! The other dish was Chicken Escalope in Mushroom Sauce, served with mashed potatoes and some veggies. The chicken was soft and juicy and the mushroom sauce was creamy but the winner was the pizza!!
A true foodie can never say ‘no’ to Dolci…. Desserts, yaar….so we ended up ordering Tiramisu and Crema Caramellata con Frutti di Bosco. Haha…. I know what you must be thinking 😉 it’s just a fancy name for Caramel Pudding topped with mixed berries. I’ve never been a fan of coffee-based desserts but this Tiramisu made me change my thoughts. The serving-size is huge and it was truly delicious. The Crème Caramel was pretty decent, and the addition of berries made it a little fancier.
La Vigna is a wonderful place for lunch or dinner and to spend time with family or friends bonding over some yummy Italian food.