When you are traveling to Virginia with Bluegreen Vacations, take a short drive to the Barboursville vineyards. Here you can dine on a memorable meal at Palladio Restaurant, whose name is inspired by the influences the Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio had on the mansion, also on the property. Get dolled up for a fine dining experience, with seasonal authentic northern Italian cuisine by the James Beard award-winning chef and New England Culinary Institute graduate Melissa Close Hart. And of course go there for a taste of the Barboursville wine, with pairings available for each course of the prix fixe menu selections.
Pay a visit to the Barboursville vineyards, to dine at the Palladio Restaurant for fine cuisine, with wine pairings.
Palladio is a place where you will want to explore the surrounding area of the restaurant. Do a tasting at the winery, check out the Historic Ruins of Governor Barbour’s Mansion (designed by Thomas Jefferson), and tour the property to really take in the picturesque landscape of the vineyard. Then head to Palladio Restaurant to crown the day with a lavish meal. Go ahead, splurge; you are on vacation after all. This is the perfect place for food aficionados to enjoy multiple courses of perfectly prepared cuisine and to treat themselves to a unique dining experience.
Palladio serves lunch Wednesday through Sunday and dinner Friday and Saturday. When you order the four-course tasting menu, paired with wines selected by sommelier Alessandro Medici, trust you are getting the best the restaurant has to offer. The lunch and dinner menus allow to you nosh on an appetizer, primi piatti (first course), secondi piatti (second course), and dolci e formaggi (dessert or cheese course). You have the freedom to create your own combinations of Palladio foods and decide how many courses you want to dine on. The knowledgeable, friendly staff at Palladio can assist you in deciding, as you go down the menu and select options from each section of the menu.
Then, you will love the house-made breads, served with flavorful olive oil to start the meal, as the appropriately sized portions get brought to you one by one, with the recommended pairings for each course. Palladio appetizers include fresh local salads or a selection of house-made charcuterie, followed by first courses like soup or fresh pasta dishes, including gnocchi or risotto. Then choose from one of their many second courses, which typically include a light fish dish, their flavorful chicken, or tasty marinated grilled steak. Next you can end the meal on a sweet note with desserts like their tarts, pies, cobblers, or classics like Tiramisu, or create your own cheese plate with up to 5 cheeses. It comes with a selection of house-made jams, local honeys and Brioche toast points to compliment the cheeses you select.
What is also special about Palladio Restaurant is that management invites aspiring cooks, amateur chefs, locals, and vacationers, in for cooking classes. Chef Melissa Close Hart teaches classes of 12 during three-hour cooking courses. She shows guests how to make select recipes right there in the restaurant, and best of all, gives you tips on how to create the recipes again right in the comfort of your own home. While you are there, you’ll also get to enjoy the fruits of your labor, with wine pairings to boot. There are limited courses held each year, with past classes involving the creation of pasta, seafood, and bread, so make sure to check their calendar of events on the website and to make reservations if you would like to participate on your visit.
Also make sure to call for availability for dining and make a reservation to ensure you can take advantage of all Palladio has to offer. Inquire about their calendar of events as well, since they do host special gatherings and wine dinners too. Keep in mind, a multiple course meal can take time to sit, sip, and savor, so set aside a couple of hours for your meal. Palladio Restaurant is located just a half hour drive from the Shenandoah Crossing, in Gordonsville, VA.