Monday, October 26, 2015

The Villani family

An interesting post was made today on facebook by Wayne Cannon.  He talked about the Villa-Nova in Ocean City which was built by Ignazio and Constantina Villani.  The tie in to Delmar is that their son Liborio I. Villani built Delmar Manor in Delmar DE. http://delmardustpan.blogspot.com/2008/04/glimpse-at-history-of-delmar-manor.html

From Wayne Cannon post  ----Not... far from the beach, Ignazio and Constantina Villani opened the Villa-Nova in 1939, a cluster of 38 tourist cabins and rooms ($25.00 a week) and a nightclub. Angelo Villani, "We only charged 25 cents for people to come in and dance in those days, and a spaghetti dinner was only 35 cents," "We had a five-piece band that we paid $5.00 per night - The Blue Serenaders." The Villa-Nova was the main venue for this part of West Ocean City. When the nightclub closed in 1945, it was transformed into I. Villani and Sons, a furniture store, moving and reopening on what later became Route 50 in 1951. Today, the old Villa-Nova building and the cabins remain on Route 707, also called Old Bridge Road. The old nightclub is now the home of The Full Moon Saloon

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