Villa Rosa - The Italian Restaurant with the best B.C. wines

Since 1996, Villa Rosa Ristorante has been a landmark eatery in Penticton. Open seven days a week (seasonally) for dinner, this kitchen feeds its community and visitors with delicious, soul satisfying, rustic Italian food, just like a real mama.

Pasta! Pasta! Pasta!
Pasta! Pasta! Pasta!
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Family operated by Tyler and Nicole Gable, the couple infuses their eatery with love and hospitality, like an extension of their own home. The young couple and their two children live in Naramata and are active members of their community — and in this Okanagan community, that means wine. 

Owners Tyler & Nicole Gable put love into everything they do at their restaurant
Owners Tyler & Nicole Gable put love into everything they do at their restaurant
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Villa Rosa hosts a series of extraordinary multiple course dinners during the wine festivals and boasts an extensive wine list that features 90% local B.C. wines and 10% Italian. The Okanagan wine world is celebrated thoroughly here and with gusto. Tyler loves to collaborate and to bring in local winemakers to entertain his guests.

The patio at Villa Rosa creates an amazing Tuscan vibe for diners
The patio at Villa Rosa creates an amazing Tuscan vibe for diners
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The room beckons in a classic, cozy Italian restaurant style. The terrace in warmer months features old grape vines that artfully twist around the walls providing that extra sense of place. Family celebrations, romantic dates and fun nights out with friends all fit the vibe here.

The tiramisu recipe is available in the cookbook!
The tiramisu recipe is available in the cookbook!

Want to cook like Villa Rosa at home? Nicole has created a cookbook called Cibo Okanagan filled with all the house favorites. Cibo:'cibo| (pronounced- chee-bow) translates to food in Italian.

“I have always enjoyed cooking and sharing meals with friends and family. It is a chance to talk, to laugh, and most importantly, feel comfortable and connected on deeper levels. All of these dishes have been prepared in our restaurant and are favourites by many," Nicole says. "This book is a collection of everything I’ve learned in our kitchen over the years, with a few ‘twists’ combined with our passion for food, cooking and entertaining. I hope it is just the beginning of many more to come."

And, there is a second cookbook in the works now. Order cookbooks here.

Bruschetta, a favourite starter at Villa Rosa
Bruschetta, a favourite starter at Villa Rosa
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Now, "Tutti a tavola a mangiare!" which means "Everyone to the table to eat!"

Find them at

795 Westminster Avenue West, Penticton, BC 
www.thevillarosa.com


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