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Villa di Roma
Posted by Megan Osmer on 03/17/2013
My first trip to Philadelphia and I'm looking around thinking where is all the good stuff? I wanted the local, the unique, and the whole experience! Stumbling upon this restaurant was the best part of my trip. Walking down 9th street seeing all the bakeries and butchers was awesome and then my friend and I walked into Villa di Roma. The staff? Incredible, lovely, warm, and FAMILY. The food? To die for. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates authentic Italian food.
Posted by Kellie on 03/06/2013
I have been to this restaurant several times and have never been disappointed. The food is great. Pasta cooked to perfection and for the first in my life, I never had to add seasoning to an Italian dish. I will continue to eat here as long as they don't stop what they are doing. I love this place!
Posted by Dottie on 02/10/2013
Went for dinner Saturday night. 16 of us and everyone enjoyed their dinners...especially the asparagus and the mussels. Our waitress was Theresa..she was fantastic....very helpful and patient. The owners came to say hello...nice touch. All and all a great experience. We will go back again and again and again.
Posted by Helen on 12/26/2012
Delicious clams and mussels. The villa salad is also exceptional.
Posted by South Philly Chris on 12/12/2012
So, listen - I understand that every restaurant can't be a gourmet extravaganza. I also understand that Italian food sometimes is best if you "keep it to the basics." But come on... First off, the service here sucks. The whole old-fashioned South Philly 'tude here rings especially true. Very rude, hardly look at you, and they treat you like they're doing you a favor when they come to the table. The bar looks like it hasn't been re-done in 40 years, and the liquor/wine/beer selections available were so sparse, it's hard to believe anyone drinks here (not to mention the awkward setup next to the dining room). I got the Linguine and Clams in white sauce. What came out was clearly canned clams, Acme-style pasta, and a plate full of soupy mess, which I guess was white sauce. Moreover, we were sat next to a dumb-waiter/elevator type of thing which kept jamming up, so our entire dinner was serenaded with the sounds of clanging plates and cursing back-of-the-house help. Oh, and we got wine, which clearly had been open for many, many moons. Which would've been bad, except that we paid an arm and a leg for the entire experience. All in all, I'd tell random strangers on the street NOT to go into this place. Go down the street to Monsu or, if you want classic pasta and gravy cuisine, to stick to Dante and Luigi.
Posted by billf on 09/22/2012
went there for the first time to celebrate my birthday and my moms with my family. Lillian was our server and she was great. The fried asparagus was incredible and i cant stop thinking about how F'n awesome the chicken bella bucca was. if you dont love this place you just dont get it.
Posted by Fran & Michele S on 08/22/2012
Stopped in for very late lunch on a weekday with the place a but empty. Waitress very courteous and helpful with menu. The fried asparagus appetizer was simply the best we have ever had, crispy, buttery and full of flavor. Same with my veal and wife's lobster franchais, she loved it. While a little pricy for the late lunch the experience overall was a 5.0 and we will certainly be going back!