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Posted by slopefoodie on 12/03/2006
First of all, I don't know where the previous poster who said Park Slope has some of the worst food in any of the five boroughs has eaten, but obviously, he or she hasn't looked very hard - Applewood, Al Di La, Brooklyn Fish Camp, Tempo, Blue Ribbon, Rose Water, Stone Park Cafe, Minnow - these are all world-class restaurants, and La Villa is nicely nestled in the middle end of the spectrum. The food is consistently good, but the pizzas are terrifically overpriced - the dough is bland, toppings are blah, and the pies seem lackluster compared with Peperoncino's or Franny's excellent attempts at Neapolitan greatness. Entrees are significantly better in value and flavor. One delicious surprise is the Penne Gamberi, exhuberant and luscious in flavor and a good mix of texture and color. I'm a big fan of their Chicken Soup - it's easy to overlook but that would be a big mistake. It's better than Mom used to make - wild rice makes it special, the broth is deeply savory and the big chunks of carrots & chicken lend to it's hearty quality. The Organic Baby Green Salad is also excellent, though they always tend to skimp on the beets, nuts & cheese. As for the space itself, the interior lacks the charm that the neighborhood is famous for - it's very modern and slick, and sticks out from the cozy bistros that abound in the Slope. It seems more like a place you'd find out on Long Island or New Jersey - frosted etched glass and shiny brass fixtures, overpatterned upholstery, and such. Service is reliable and we've never had a problem either getting a table or waiting for delivery. They're a kid-friendly place, so bambinos will be kept occupied but annoyances are indulged - beware the screaming baby interrupting Date Night. If ordering in, be sure to ask for a menu, as they won't bring you one otherwise.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/12/2006
Park Slope has pretty much the worst food of any upscale neighborhood in the five boroughs -- and bad food for any borough. So La Villa is a nice departure. Great pizza.
Posted by furrymonster on 10/18/2006
Sit where you can see the wood burning ovens, start with a delicious salad, have a glass of wine with your pizza, and you'll have a great eveing. The services is friendly and the food meticuolously prepared.
Posted by slope on 09/15/2006
Out of the 3 times i've ordered they'ved written my address wrong which took them 30 min. later than the time they said it would take which meant cold food. Also the last time i ordered- they said yo wait 45 min.-an hour later i called and it seemed they forgot i had placed an order but then said it would be here in 15. min because of a back-up. 30 min. later i still waited but then had to go to work-hungry...
Posted by Anonymous on 07/29/2006
While the pies and other traditional Italian dishes looked good and my friend enjoyed his lasagna bolognese, I was bummed with my salad choice. They were out of the salad of the day as well as another salad I had my eye on. When they brought out my "mixed greens" it turned out to be iceberg lettuce. I even confirmed with the waitress that the kitchen hadn't erred. They then overcharged me for a topping they forgot to put on the salad. The upside, good olive oil soaked bread. If you go, be sure to order traditional Italian and don't even think about a salad.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/12/2006
I really reccomend the Sicilian Pies, specifically the Speciale. I would say the regular thin slices are mediocre. When my girlfriend and I want sicilian, we get it from there. However, delivery always takes a while, pick it up if you can.
Posted by ParkSlopeFoodie on 06/10/2006
Walk in La Villa and you could be in any mall in any American city. The restaurant lacks any real personality. Order from the menu and you'll be getting standard red-sauce Italian (Chicken Parm, vodka sauce...) at high prices. If you're going out for Italian in Park Slope, do yourself a favor and go elsewhere for great food. If you're getting food delivered, be aware that La Vila charges a ton for pizza toppings and then throws on a delivery fee of $1.50. If you're happy eating mediocre pizza for $22, go for it, but personally I'd rather have a pie from elsewhere.