Isle of Capri Serves Up Traditional Italian Cuisine with Oceanfront Views
By Arielle Patterson
Virginia Beach has no shortage of fine dining restaurants if you need a break from boardwalk and beach bites. Few offer the history and tradition that Isle of Capri does, a staple to Virginia Beach’s dining scene showcasing recipes passed down from generations.
Pascal and Jean Arcese first opened Isle of Capri Restaurant on Laskin Road in 1952. Isle of Capri, at its former location, was known as an upscale eatery for families and elegant dining spot for an intimate night out. The restaurant was a favorite among locals and visitors thanks to the homemade Italian cuisine.
Fast forward decades later, now located at the Holiday Inn & Suites on Atlantic Avenue, Isle of Capri is led by head chef Pasquale Arcese who took the reins from his father.
“Since the age of 12, Pasquale was in the kitchen learning,” says Dave Cox, corporate director of food and beverage for Coastal Hospitality. Coastal Hospitality is the Holiday Inn’s parent company. “He continues to carry on a Virginia Beach tradition.”
Chef Pasquale studied and mastered his family’s southern Italian recipes, incorporating northern touches, resulting in some of Virginia Beach’s most-celebrated Italian delicacies. Cox says a large percentage of Isle of Capri’s recipes come from chef Pasquale’s family.
According to Cox, some of the most popular menu items are the Grilled Portobello, topped with caramelized onions and mozzarella; Signature Isle of Capri Caesar Salad, prepared table-side; Caprese, made with veal scallopini; Sorrentino, served with jumbo shrimp in a sauteed tomato cream sauce; and Filet Al Pepe Nero.
Complementing the authentic tastes of Italy are more than 260 international wines that have been carefully selected to pair with the food menu. Isle of Capri elevates a typical dining experience by offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk and Atlantic Ocean from the hotel’s sixth floor, only accessible by private elevator.
3900 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451