Frequently Asked Event Planning Questions

Frequently Asked Event Planning Questions

Hosting celebrations big or small at Villa Ragusa soon? As a premier Campbell event venue location with over 15 uniquely captivating spaces perfect for hosting weddings, private parties, corporate events and more, we get lots of questions!

To help you plan the perfect downtown Campbell affair with confidence, we’re sharing answers to some of our most frequently asked booking questions:

What layouts and capacity does Villa Ragusa offer?

Villa Ragusa in downtown Campbell offers various event spaces with different capacities and ideal layouts.

The Grand Gallery is the largest, boasting 12,000 square feet and accommodating up to 600 guests for a banquet with a dance floor. Its expansive size makes it ideal for larger weddings, galas, and corporate events.

For smaller gatherings, The Campbell Gallery and The West Gallery are perfect options, each offering 3,700 and 3,200 square feet respectively. Each can accommodate around 175 guests for a banquet or 275 for theater-style seating. Think intimate weddings, receptions, and business meetings.

You can choose something bigger like the East Gallery with a capacity of 250 guests for a banquet with a dance floor or 450 guests theater style seating. Give us a call to discuss the size you require for your event.

What’s included technology/amenity-wise?

From integrated A/V systems like projectors, drop-down screens and speaker systems to customizable uplighting, unser lounge seating and dance floors, Villa Ragusa delivers built-in tech and amenities that “wow.”

We also provide complimentary Wi-Fi, allowing you to leverage your own devices seamlessly. Ask us how we can enhance offerings to match unique needs!

What about sound, restrictions and end times?

As an events-only venue not attached to strict hotel limitations, Villa Ragusa maintains maximum flexibility around schedules.

Our secluded location means noise is no issue either! We encourage music and fun while working directly with clients to accommodate each event’s requirements.

Can we choose our own catering vendors?

Absolutely! While we partner with 15+ renowned Campbell area caterers intimately familiar with our venues’ layouts for turnkey service, outside vendors are also welcome pending license and insurance approvals. From five-star chefs and sommeliers to specialty décor designers, DJs and photographers, our network makes event coordination easy!

Ready to tour gorgeous Villa Ragusa for your next Campbell soiree? Reach out now to book a walkthrough and discuss dates! With a legacy over a century strong and thousands of stunning celebrations under our belt, our team stands ready to flawlessly execute events with grace and ease. Let’s connect!

What Sets the Villa Ragusa Culinary Experience Apart?

What Sets the Villa Ragusa Culinary Experience Apart?

An event without food, and not just any food, is boring!

So, the culinary experience plays a pivotal role in leaving a lasting impression on guests. At Villa Ragusa, we take pride in setting ourselves apart by offering a culinary journey that transcends the ordinary and elevates celebrations to new heights.

Our culinary philosophy revolves around the idea that each event is a unique canvas, ready to be painted with the vibrant flavors and aromas that define Villa Ragusa.

What distinguishes our culinary experience from the others?

Diverse Menu Options:

Villa Ragusa understands that no two events are the same, and neither should the menus be. Our culinary experts have curated a diverse range of American classic appetizers and entrees that cater to varying tastes and preferences.

From delectable starters that tantalize the palate to main courses that are a symphony of flavors, our menu options ensure a culinary adventure that suits any occasion.

Flexibility for Personalization

We believe in giving our guests the freedom to make their events uniquely theirs. Unlike many venues, Villa Ragusa allows guests to bring their favorite caterer to the table.

This flexibility ensures that every event reflects the host’s personal style and culinary preferences, making each celebration a truly bespoke experience.

Meticulously Crafted by Culinary Experts

Behind the scenes, our culinary team comprises seasoned professionals who are passionate about their craft. They bring creativity, expertise, and a commitment to excellence to every dish they create.

From the finest ingredients to innovative presentation, our culinary experts craft each menu item with precision and flair.

A Gastronomic Celebration

Villa Ragusa transforms events into gastronomic celebrations where food becomes an integral part of the overall experience. It’s not just about satisfying hunger; it’s about creating memories through the joy of shared meals, conversations, and the sensory delight of exceptional cuisine.

At Villa Ragusa, we invite you to savor not just a meal but an extraordinary culinary journey tailored to make your event truly memorable.

Social Hall That Allows Outside Caterer in Silicon Valley

Social Hall That Allows Outside Caterer in Silicon Valley

There is a beautiful social hall that will rent spaces for your private or corporate event. And the great news is that you can use your own caterer!

Using an Outside Caterer at Villa Ragusa

Villa Ragusa understands completely why you would need to use the caterer of your choice. And this sets us far apart from other event centers in the Silicon Valley. We want you to be able to have the dining experience you need for your attendees.

While we offer a wonderful catering experience, sometimes those who want to rent one of our gorgeous spaces have special dietary needs or simply have a favorite caterer. We are always happy to accommodate your choice in catering. We have some guidelines that must be followed in this situation.

Guidelines for Using an Outside Caterer

There are some dates in our busy month of December where we cannot accommodate an outside caterer. So, the first step is to work with us on the date of your event.

  • Beverages must be provided by Villa Ragusa, your outside caterer cannot provide them.
  • Your caterer must have an onsite manager during the event.
  • Outside caterers must have a valid catering license and health certificates.
  • One month before the event your caterer needs to do a walk-through at Villa Ragusa.
  • There is a fee to use your own catering choice.

Coordinate With Us Well Ahead of Your Date

While it may seem to be easy, (the caterer just drops off food and sets it up), it is quite a bit more complicated than that. You will need to let us know using an outside caterer is your choice when you first speak to us. We will let you know the costs involved and what the guidelines are that you and your caterer must follow.

You can read our Catering Guidelines for more information. Or give us a call to discuss your event and how we can help you have the best experience hosting your event at Villa Ragusa.

The Perks of Hosting Your Event in a Private Space

The Perks of Hosting Your Event in a Private Space

The choice of venue plays a significant role in creating a memorable experience. While various options are available, a private space can elevate your event to new heights.

Hosting your event privately offers a range of perks that can transform ordinary moments into cherished memories. Let’s explore the advantages of choosing a private venue for your next event:

Intimate Atmosphere

One of the key benefits of hosting your event in a private space is the opportunity to create an intimate atmosphere. We’re social beings, and intimate moments form the best memories.

Private venues provide an exclusive setting that allows you to curate the ambiance according to your preferences. Think of a cozy, warm environment or a more glamorous and sophisticated vibe. Whatever your choice, a private space offers the flexibility to transform the venue into your haven.

Personalization and Customization

A private event space allows you to personalize and customize every aspect of your event. You have the creative control to tailor the experience to suit your vision.

Collaborate with the venue’s event planning team to bring your ideas to life, ensuring that every detail reflects your style and preferences. This customization adds a unique touch to your event, leaving a lasting impression on your guests.

Privacy and Exclusivity

Hosting your event in a private space offers a sense of privacy and exclusivity that cannot be replicated in public venues. It allows you and your guests to enjoy the event without the distractions of other groups or strangers.

This privacy fosters a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere, encouraging open conversations and a deeper connection among attendees. Furthermore, a private space’s exclusivity elevates your event’s perceived value, making it feel more special and exclusive.

Dedicated Service and Attention:
Private venues often provide dedicated staff and event coordinators committed to ensuring your event runs smoothly. From the initial planning stages to the execution of the event, their expertise and attention to detail will alleviate the stress of organizing and managing the occasion. They will work closely with you to understand your needs, offer suggestions, and ensure that your vision is realized. The dedicated service and personalized attention contribute to a seamless and enjoyable experience for you and your guests.

Villa Ragusa’s Social Hall: The Perfect Venue for Your Holiday Soirée

Villa Ragusa’s Social Hall: The Perfect Venue for Your Holiday Soirée

The holiday season is fast approaching, and it’s time to start planning that perfect soirée to celebrate with family, friends, or colleagues.

When it comes to hosting a memorable holiday gathering, the choice of venue is crucial. Look no further than Villa Ragusa’s exquisite social hall, a hidden gem that offers an enchanting setting for your festive celebrations.

Let’s explore the irresistible benefits that make Villa Ragusa the perfect venue for your holiday soirée.

Unparalleled Elegance and Ambiance

Step into Villa Ragusa’s social hall and prepare to be captivated by its timeless elegance and enchanting ambiance. The tastefully designed space boasts stunning architecture, luxurious décor, and dazzling chandeliers that create a truly magical atmosphere.

Versatility to Suit Your Needs

Villa Ragusa’s social hall offers versatility to accommodate many holiday soirées. The spacious and customizable layout allows for seamless event planning, ensuring every detail is perfectly tailored to your vision.

From cocktail receptions to formal sit-down dinners, the venue can be transformed to create the ideal ambiance for your gathering. With ample space for dancing, mingling, and dining, guests will feel comfortable and delighted throughout the event.

Exquisite Culinary Delights

One of the highlights of any holiday gathering is the delectable cuisine. At Villa Ragusa, you can indulge in a culinary experience that will impress even the most discerning palates.

Their experienced culinary team specializes in crafting mouthwatering menus that showcase seasonal flavors and culinary expertise. From elegant hors d’oeuvres to sumptuous main courses and irresistible desserts, your guests will be treated to a feast that will leave a lasting impression.

Impeccable Service and Attention to Detail

At Villa Ragusa, hospitality is paramount. Our dedicated staff ensures that every aspect of your holiday soirée exceeds expectations.

From event planning and coordination to attentive service throughout the evening, their team will go above and beyond to make your celebration seamless and stress-free. With their meticulous attention to detail, you can rest assured that no aspect of your event will be overlooked.

Food for All: Accommodating Dietary Restrictions & Allergies in Catering

Food for All: Accommodating Dietary Restrictions & Allergies in Catering

Unlike in the past, serving the same generic menu at an event no longer works. People today want more choices and exercise in their food preferences.

A successful event now requires fulfilling the divergent dietary needs of guests, and anything less is setting up for failure. Accommodate the various nutritional restrictions, including nut allergy, vegan and gluten-free, and make it enjoyable for every attendee.

So how do you create an accommodating menu at your event?


At the core of an accommodating menu is communication. You must know the various diet restrictions of your crowd of attendees, and you gain this insight through communication.

Gather information on dietary needs by reaching out to guests, and then communicate it clearly to the catering department of the event space you’re using.

Providing the appropriate menu options to accommodate the various dietary needs is a vital step to enhancing your guests’ dining experience. In other words, the event is more enjoyable with a well-rounded menu.

Be Mindful of Cross-Contamination

Cross-contamination is highly possible when dealing with dietary restrictions. Sometimes the caterer may use the same cutlery or utensils, which may cause allergy issues you were trying to avoid. Cross-contamination can also occur when preparing food.

So, what do you do to avoid cross-contamination?

Use separate utensils, kitchen equipment, and ingredients. The preparation areas should also be different to avoid exposure to allergens. Also, clearly label the dishes so your guests can identify which food is safe.

At Villa Ragusa, we allow outside catering to accommodate different dietary restrictions and preferences. Our food is of the best quality and prepared by expert chefs. You’re free to blend the use of your outside caterer and our food and drinks menu. A larger variety of food and beverages means better choices and an improved dining experience. Check out our guidelines for outside catering.