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Villa Berulia Ristorante
Posted by Fred on 03/22/2013
Really nothing special about this place. The food is rather ordinary. Better pasta can be made at home. Nothing stands out as good. Will not go back.
Posted by FoodrUs on 12/22/2012
We visited this restaurant on Sunday , December 16. All I can say is the food, drinks, service and atmosphere were terrific! My wife and I plus another couple found everything to be delicious and we all had different appetizers, entrees and desserts. The owner even bought us after dinner drinks! This place offers great value for fine dinning at a reasonable price. Would go again.
Posted by Eldenfrente on 05/17/2012
A wonderful place for a leisurely lunch or dinner. The friendly, on-its-toes service adds to the experience provided by a kitchen that turns out reliably good --sometimes exceptional-- Italian and Croatian specialties. Among the latter, not to be missed are the Struckli (melt-n-the-mouth ravioli-like pasta pillows stuffed with satiny cheese and mushrooms in a sauce of silky melted butter. Some observe the place is frequented by an older clientele; there's a reason for that --they;ve been coming back for ages.
Posted by AmyG on 06/14/2011
I have been coming to this restaurant since I was a kid (1977) and now still freqent this establishment bringing clients and friends here whenever I am in town. I never had a bad meal and can count on a delicious dish each time. I recommend to always get the specials! They are my family away from home. Outstanding customer service!
Posted by Edward on 02/02/2011
I recently moved into Murray Hill and heard about its lack of decent restaurants. How delighted I was to find this gem two blocks from my new home. The food is delicious and the wine list extensive. I lived in Europe for years and when I enter Villa Berulia I feel like I am back in the Old World. The staff is attentive and good humored and always put a smile on my face. Be sure to try the penne vodka, it is my favorite.
Posted by Sarah on 01/09/2011
We showed up on a Sunday evening without reservations and they still found room for us. The restaurant is larger than expected and we were seated in a back room with 2 other families with young children away from other diners. The wait staff were very experienced with children and accomodating. Helping to develop dishes off the menu to meet our needs. The food was excellent. This is a great family neighborhood restaurant.
Posted by Sandy on 07/04/2010
Came here as part of a group of 15-16 people for a birthday dinner on a Saturday night...not the best way or best day to judge a restaurant. But they sure came through. The place is comfy and attractive without trying to be pretentious. The wait staff is attentive and friendly. But the star of the show is the food. Started with perfect chicken wings. Went to shrimp cocktail and stuffed mushroom appetizers. The shrimp were fresh, large, cold and crunchy and the stuffed mushrooms were what stuffed mushrooms are supposed to be . Followed that with a perfect caesar salad with anchovies (they'll leave 'em out if you don't like 'em). However, I must congratulate myself on my choice of main course. Osso Bucco served with gnocchi in a delightful vodka-type sauce. The osso bucco was fork tender and oh so tasty and the gnocchi was simply the best I've ever had anywhere! Negatives? Just two. The waiters were a bit slow in refilling water glasses (but it was an unwieldy group of 15 or so) and the Italian cheesecake was neither moist or particularly flavorful. Other dessert choices, according to family members who ordered them, were quite good. All in all, if you can get a meal this good under these circumstances (Saturday night/large group), this is certainly a place that knows what it's doing. Guess that's why they've lasted so long in such a competitive business where trendy, pseudo-upscale restaurants come and go so quickly.