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Virgilio’s Captivating Cappuccino

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Whether you’re in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands as a visitor, a local — or always in spirit — Coconut Post keeps you posted on fun-filled news ’n views. Published monthly by Flamboyan On The Bay Resort & Villas, we’re focused on sharing our people, places, and fun things happening in paradise.

January, 2021

Island refreshments that make it into the history books are often of the “frozen concoction” variety. Pina Coladas and Banana Daiquiris come to mind.  But when the tropical sun sets on St. Thomas, one particular “after dinner delight” steals the show every time — and it’s available exclusively in one location: Welcome to the wonderful world of Virgilio’s Restaurant, home to Virgilio’s Cappuccino.  

Located in downtown Charlotte Amalie, this celebrated Italian eatery was established in 1988 by the late Virgilio Del Mare. The intimate setting at his namesake restaurant is enhanced by an exquisite collection of artwork for patrons to enjoy.

A native of Colombia, Virgilio ventured initially to California as a young man. Making the most of his beloved Italian Grandmother’s distinctive original recipes, Virgilio opened his first restaurant. In the late 80’s, Virgilio relocated to St. Thomas, successfully establishing a world-renowned reputation for creating memorable dining experiences.  

a round photo of a half of a coconut wearing yellow sunglasses shaped like flowers


A bit about
Lindbergh Beach

Yes, Lindbergh Beach was named for that famous American aviator. On January 31, 1928, Charles Lindbergh landed his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, at Mosquito Bay, St. Thomas, as part of a victory tour — after completing his first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic. To memorialize the Caribbean visit, Mosquito Bay was renamed Lindbergh Bay. Today, Lindbergh Beach is the shoreline closest to Cyril E. King Airport.

Today, proprietor Matthew Richardson and the loyal staff proudly carry on the traditions established four decades ago at Virgilio’s. 

In addition to classic Italian dishes and unique presentations such as custom table-side preparation of Caesar Salad and Bananas Flambé, Virgilio’s offers a “Secret Recipe” Cappuccino. Here’s a hint: the luscious drink features the aroma of  Italian Liqueurs. What a perfect treat at the end of a winter’s day in paradise!

For more information, visit virgiliosvi.com


Photo at top of page: One of the most famous after-dinner delights in the tropics is Virgilio’s Cappuccino  — created from a secret family recipe.


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