I got married here over a year ago and although I wrote a review for facebook, I never got around to writing a Yelp review. This place is a gem, a diamond, and its outer appearance does not do it justice. My husband and I were financing our wedding ourselves and were looking for places that would not put us into debt before getting married. That is when I stumbled across Villa Russo. I got in contact with Jennifer, who is AMAZING btw, and she met with my husband and I. The date we had in mind, Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, we were told may not be an option because Villa Russo is closed on Tuesdays. My husband and I wanted this date because it was our third year anniversary. When we explained that to Jennifer, she checked with her boss to see if they could open on their day off and they did! This place does everything for you! All you have to do is explain to them what you want and, in my case, I dropped off all my table accents two days before the wedding. I did a lot of DIY for my wedding, which ended up saving a lot of money. This place is already decorated and gorgeous, so you really don't need much. I left written instructions on how to set up the tables and they had everything prepared for when we arrived. It was so amazing. All the workers were so sweet and they made sure I was calm, cool, and collected. Before the ceremony, my ring bearer dirtied the jacket of his suit. Needless to say, I was mortified. The guy in charge (I wish I remembered his name!) saw my face and calmly said they could clean in with some club soda and it would come right out. At the end of the night, they cleaned everything up, gave us the leftover food and cake (which was amazing!), and gave me a bag to take my wedding dress home. I would totally use Villa Russo again in the future because that is how awesome they are!
Long over due but here it goes. Had my wedding here and let me tell you every single person we dealt with was an angel.
We booked the party room since we had 65 guest max. The space was perfect and everyone was comfortable. The dance floor is right next to the seating area past the arch doorway. It was intimate and simply perfect.
I was a very detailed bride and was able to bring things I wanted on each table 2 days before the wedding and everything was done for me and placed right back into the boxes at the end of the night! Who does that? That's what you call great service.
Now the food..geez!! Let me tell you it's delicious. I don't care what anyone says negatively about the food but everyone loved it!! My guests still talk about the food to this day! I've been to more expensive weddings after mine and the food doesn't compare. Not being biased but I could eat so I know what I'm talking about. All that fancy stuff is cute but does it taste good?
The price is also fair. A lot of other catering halls were charging so much for the venue and when you look at it...GUESTS ARE STILL GOING TO COMPLAIN so why not go with a place that listens to you, is beautiful, has great food and won't leave you broke before you even leave to your honeymoon?
I would say make an appointment and see for yourself. Their lists of vendors like florist and dj are phenomenal as well. I didn't use the photographer they have on their vendor list.
Last thing, pay the extra $100 for a custom cake instead of the one that comes with the package. It was gorgeous and tasted out of this world. Their cakes are baked at Russo's on the Bay which is also affiliated with this location.
Villa Russo- what more can I say than Perfection? We booked this venue as soon as we walked in. Almost a year and a half out too and I am so so grateful we trusted our gut. From the moment Jennifer began helping us plan we were treated SO well with so much professionalism and open communication. I could email stupid questions any time of day and it was as if we'd become friends. The food is amazing they are willing to work with your budget and advise so nicely as to what will truly make your dreams come true. This place is gorgeous and we received so many compliments from guests on just the fairy tale aspect of the decor alone. Kim was the best Maitre'd I could have possibly hoped for. She was by my side the entire night and was always five steps ahead of me. I literally felt like a queen all night. The staff are so cordial and polite and set up was so seamless. The food is amazing and beware- you get A LOT of it. All in all I could not have imagined my wedding anywhere else. From our ceremony downstairs in the Grotto Room to the bridal suite upstairs, we were taken care of. Mr. George- thank you so much for being at our event. It meant so much to us that you personally came over to say hello. Now that's how you run a business folks! Being from the Midwest I was nervous that I would not have the "big city" mentality or hardness when it comes to planning such a big event. I literally had no worries in the world and it was absolutely perfect from top to bottom. Thank you so so much Villa Russo and all of your staff. You literally made our dreams come true and we are indebted to you forever!
I couldn't have chosen a better place for my wedding. Everything went smooth, no headaches.Eric and the staff kept everything flowing nicely. Mike turned the place into a party room, the photographer and photo booth made sure our requests were fulfilled. Food was delicious and to conclude more than 20 people got drunk lol too much fun will deft use for my baby shower or any other event.