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Restaurant review: La Vigna, Paphos

By Nan Mackenzie

These days it is almost impossible to scroll through any Facebook timeline without encountering other peoples lunches, mobile phones are drawn from holsters to click away to capture one’s full colour dining experience and share it through social media.

That said, the range of photo opportunities exiting the La Vigna kitchen did make for a very snap happy evening for this kitchen produces some of the very best Italian food in the region, dishes which not only look good, but taste delicious.

Owner Emilios is old school trained having starting in London in the early seventies where he wielded peppermills of towering intent at a time when moustachioed waiters always called ladies ‘bells signorina’ and the height of sophisticated dining was spent dining off red checked tablecloths where a candle in a Chianti bottle added to the romance of it all.

La Vigna in Coral Bay still has that sense of romance – it has a marvellous outdoor dining area tastefully lit to give a sense of intimacy but not so dark one requires a Seeing Eye dog to accompany one to dinner.

This is a venue which in my book deserves all the accolades that have been heaped upon it, from the minute you walk in it’s warm and welcoming; staff are all smiley faces, another key element is that Emilios has worked hard to retain the same staff since he opened his doors in 2002, and in these difficult times that alone speaks volumes as to his management skills and customer care considerations.

We started off our feast with tasty home baked bruschetta, followed by grilled goat’s cheese with a honey and walnut dressing, then a tasting of salmon gravlax. Next came pasta which had both bite and softness, with our starter portion inducing deep elemental sighs, and if ordering a main portion this might well might lead to even a blissful coma.

Risotto at La Vigna is also spot on, as was the superb melanzana alla parmigiana and the light as air portion of spinach cannelloni. This is indeed quality Italian food offering the sort of simplicity that requires years of experience to achieve, and believe me your body will certainly applaud you for dining here.

For main course we all shared in tasting a brilliant piece of black angus which had been treated with all the care and attention it deserved, served thick cut, properly rested, and with a few squared potatoes with crisp veggies.

The menu does offer so much choice from fish to foul, beef Carpaccio to veal, with vegetarians also more than able to find a good number of appealing dishes.

The La Vigna dessert cabinet displays a classic range of sweets and one only wonders why there aren’t dribble marks down the glass as customer’s eye up the light as feather homemade profiteroles, a clutch of quiveringly good pana cotta, and classic tiramisu. Just go and prepare yourself for a real treat.

VITAL STATISTICS
SPECIALTY Italian
WHERE La Vigna, Coral Bay, Paphos
WHEN 7days lunch and dinner.
CONTACT 26 813755
PRICE starters from €3.40, pasta from €9.85, meat from €12.50

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