In 1985 the Villari family opened what was soon to become a neighborhood gem. Located in Gloucester Township, NJ, Villari’s Lakeside has been serving paramount quality Italian cuisine for almost three decades. When Joe and Nick Abate took over operations in January 2001, they were determined to maintain everything that everyone has grown to love about the restaurant while still improving and modernizing everything from the atmosphere to the plate. The menu, while it still maintains the classics that made the restaurant famous, has grown to include delicious fare with a more Sicilian flair. Every room in the building has been restored since the Abate brother took over operations, as well as the addition of a beautiful patio overlooking the lake.
Time has proven Villari’s lakeside to be a haven for regulars. It is simply one of those place where good food and a beautiful atmosphere combines with a comforting vibe and a friendly staff, to create a dining experience that is near impossible to experience once. This is also due to the fact that the restaurant is incredible versatile, relaxed with a wrap and a cocktail at the chic bar, soak in the sun on their stone patio overlooking the pristine lake, party the night away at the high-energy Tiki Bar or dine in true elegance in their gorgeous Strafford Room.