More permanent mergers and deals that have meant big business (to relationships, that is) at The Villa over the past 50+ years than you can count. From its start as a small dark little dater’s hot spot on Hayes (which later would become University Avenue), to a brief 90s stint in the Holiday Inn on Shackleford, to its current haunts at Rock Creek Square at Markham and Bowman, it’s stayed that way.
Almost. While I was utterly thrilled to be able to rub two dimes together 16 years ago to share my first special date there with the man who’d become my husband, it was a more intimate experience -- and so dark inside at night that it was hard to determine the color of the tablecloth. Ah, that could just be memory talking. It was probably bright as day and I just remember it different.
And the sauce? Oh, it’s still the same. The rich tomato sauce has a deepness to it, while still tasting fresh, something so many other Italian joints just miss.
And the minestrone? I’ve never had better.
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This is a version I'm trying out to see if Hunter-based kid reviews will work.
The Villa Italian Restaurant has stickers to play with, interesting food for kids and loves families.
I like The Villa for a lot of reasons. For us kids, they have a special menu that opens up and has stickers inside. That’s really cool. Kids have a choice between spaghetti, chicken tenders, or a meatball on a stick served up with “potato smiles” or a 7” pizza. Their pizza is actually a pizza made right there, not one out of a box like at some places we’ve tried.
And you know what? That meatball on a stick was huge! It was the biggest meatball I’ve ever seen! It was like a meat lollipop. The potato smiles came with a little container of ketchup. It was fun to eat!
I like their Canneloni, which is a pastry filled with a sweet cream. It’s easy for me to pick up and hold. Dad’s a big fan of their chocolate cake, but I can’t tell you what it’s called because it has a word I’m not allowed to say in it. Mom likes the Boston Cream Pie.
For leftovers, they take the bread away and then come out with a neat aluminum foil swan. I want to learn how to make that!
One time we went and somehow I left behind my stuffed monkey, and our waitress ran out and brought it to us at the car. That was really nice.
High chairs: Yes, a lot of them
Baby changing station: Ladies room only
Kids activities: Stickers
Specials: Free kids meals Tuesday nights
Kids Menu: Yes!
Interest level: Moderately high (spaghetti is fun!)
Food: What’s more fun than a meatball on a stick?
Mom’s hints: The wait staff is awesome. They seem to make a special effort for small children and their parents. They are great about letting you share your plate. Older kids will also like the bread but be warned: it makes great bread balls. The ladies room is a one-seater but large enough to take in a child without getting squished.