Welcome & Terrace

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Welcome to The Villa Blog where we chat about everything Italian – from the stylish curves of a Ferrari to the haute couture of Milan: From the fine paintings of the Renaissance to the choral strains of the modern day tenors: From the ancient ruins of the Colosseum to the sandy beaches of Tuscany. If it’s Italian, we’ll blog about it.

As you can imagine though, being restaurateurs, our greatest passion is Italian food and wine - so expect a lot of talk about traditional Italian dishes and drink. We’ll look at the origins of recipes and ingredients along with exploring some of the oldest wine producing regions in the world. From Artichokes to Zucchini, Amaretti to Zabaglione we’re sure to tickle your taste buds.

We’ll keep you up to date with events at the Villa and let you know about what’s new and what we’re up to; When new menus are being launched and updates on any events you may have missed.

What's been happening?

April kept us busy with Easter and our first ‘Wine & Dine’ evening. Chef Steve created a delicious 5 course dinner that was expertly complemented by 5 different Sicilian wines, courtesy of Planeta. Diners Elaine and Andy said after dinner “We really enjoyed it. The food was excellent. The wine really brought out the flavours in each course and it was such good value for the price.”

We had a little fun on St. George’s Day with our diners getting a free tomato and mozzarella garlic bread in the style of St George’s flag. Did you know that George was a soldier in the Roman army and that the legend of his slaying the dragon can be traced back to the early 11th century? He’s also the patron saint of the beautiful island of Sardinia and Genoa in Italy. The cross of St. George adorns both coats of arms yet mystery surrounds the origins of the four Moors pictured on Sardinia’s flag.

Looking Forward

This week we have been very busy spring cleaning our beautiful terrace. The flags have been power washed and pointed, the parasols have been dusted off and the planters have been weeded in readiness for their summer blooms.

For the May Day holiday and Spring Bank holiday Monday’s we shall be open for food and drink all day. Throughout the summer months we will be open every day, serving lunch and dinner and offering our ‘Il Menu Terrace’ in the afternoons. Check back soon for a preview – it’s going to be a little different but we think you’ll like it.

And so, until next time...

Well, I think that should get us started for now but I’ll leave you with a little brain teaser:

What is the connection between Pinocchio’s pet cat, film star Stewart Granger and the 4 largest moons of Jupiter?

If you think you know, send your answer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 14th May 2015 for your chance to win a complimentary bottle of Fiabesco, Prosecco to enjoy with your meal when you next dine with us.

Where there is more than one correct entry, winner will be drawn at random. The winner will be notified by e-mail on 15th May 2015. Employees of The Villa Clitheroe or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition. . No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

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