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No, Not That Europe!

Jillann Gildea
Jillann Gildea

It was just like any other day in the city of Palm Coast. Nearing time for dinner we decided to go to Europe…..ha ha….No, not that Europe!!!  Our own little “Taste of Europe” right here at Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches…The European Village. Sometimes we simply forget about this little one stop gem and hit the wonderful beach restaurants and shopping instead.  Not tonight though…..tonight was going to be very, very different.  

Not sure of where we were going to be dining and with a variety of restaurants to choose from, we didn’t even check out watches and arrived quite early. Being retired you can sometimes forget about the clock but we had apparently forgotten our lunch too and found ourselves ready for a meal at what was now 3:50 in the afternoon.  

There are many restaurants at The European Village which is located just across from the Intracoastal Waterway. Many were not open until 5pm so our choices were limited.  We had previously dined at Farley’s Irish Pub, Mezzaluna Pizzeria and 101 Chophouse all which deserve a mention here.  

Tonight we were fortunate enough to choose La Piazza Ristorante. With amazing ambiance and a varied wine list we settled in for what was going to be one of the best meals we have experienced in quite some time.  

The staff was quite attentive and we enjoyed the Carpaccio di Filleto for our appetizer with field greens topped with thinly sliced Beef, capers, red onions, shaved Parmesan, drizzled with Olive Oil. Perfecto is the only word that comes to my lips.

Followed with a tasty salad and then the main dishes, the veal piccata was cooked to perfection, with just the right amount of artichokes and capers, sautéed in a light lemon butter Chardonnay sauce. The Fra Diavolo was made to our request of medium spicy with a good amount of shrimp and calamari simmered in a spicy plum tomato sauce with Linguine pasta.

I can’t believe we ordered a dessert but we just had to try the cheesecake with the raspberry drizzle.  The owner took the time to visit our table and directed his staff to prepare the cheesecake to the perfect temperature for serving. This is his secret which makes all the difference on the palate.

After our dinner we walked across the street to enjoy the Intracoastal Waterway, we talked about the fabulous meal we had just enjoyed and promised each other not to wait so long to return to this amazing establishment.  I mean what more could we ask for, A View from the Shore, a great dining experience, and life is good!!!!