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Bites Nearby: Il Villagio Trattoria Italiana

Fine dining, fair prices and a cozy atmosphere can be found at this Italian restaurant in Malverne.

Whether you're looking for a new restaurant to try this weekend or you need a night off from cooking tonight as the work week comes to an end, Patch will help you find a great bite to eat in your neighborhood.

Every Thursday, Malverne-West Hempstead Patch picks a great restaurant either in town or nearby that is worth checking out. Find out about new eateries that have recently opened up or learn even more about the established food joints near you.

Here's this week's choice:  

IL VILLAGIO TRATTORIA ITALIANA ()  Most residents of Malverne and surrounding areas know Antonio Bove for his delicious paninis, pastas and large selection of dishes that he he has been offering for years at his Italian-American deli on Hempstead Avenue in the center of the village. But just up the block, Bove serves up signature Italian dishes in a cozy yet sophisticated restaurant he opened, along with Marco Troiano in 2009.

At Il Villagio Trattoria Italiana diners can savor upscale dishes at reasonable prices and order a wine and mixed drinks from the fully stocked bar. The menu includes appetizers, salads, soups, pastas, seafood, chicken, veal and beef such as Scaloppina Il Villagion, a veal scalopinni dish with shallots, eggplant and mozzarella, and Bistecca di Manzo P/A, an Angus steak served with broccoli rabe and pan-fried homestyle potatoes. Take a look at the photos to view the menu.) Dessert and espresso is also available.Touches of Italy - crisp red and white linen table cloths, scenic paintings and dim lighting - make this a perfect place to unwind after a long day at work, catch up with old friends or enjoy a romantic date night.

366 Hempstead Ave, Malverne 516-792-6336 Open Tuesday - Friday, noon-9:30 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday, 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Prices: $15 to $35 for entrees.  

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