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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!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/18/2012
Live in the neighborhood and guess pre-baby we never paid attention to prices. What a shame they charge outrageous prices for simple things that have caused this local couple to vow to never return. $4 for a 12oz cola, $7 for house poured Chianti. Seriously? And the food is wonderful - such a shame!
Posted by G Freezman on 07/26/2012
Ive been eating at Villa for over 35 years. The people that reviewed the waitresses as being "this or that" don't understand South Philly. That's what its suppose to be! Basil, Frankie and Pip are the best, they learned from Dominick, may he rest in peace. Go, eat and enjoy true south Philly Italian!
Posted by ashley on 07/10/2012
its absolutely amazing ....best gravy meatballs salads and a ton more! the waitresses are so friendly and welcoming & very Italian. its makes me feel just like I am at home. I don't care what anyone says, this is the BEST & whoever disagrees is crazy and doesn't know great Italian food. I love it!