936 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1914739.937855 -75.158198
Neighborhoods: South Philadelphia, Bella Vista/ Southwark
Absolutely Outstanding – Excellent! Really well prepared simple Italian American food.. Had chicken cacciatore, escarole with garlic and oil - even had 2 meatballs for good measure... All great - everyone I was with enjoyed as well.. The only people who will not like this are snooty Italian-Italians and non-Italian Americans who went to Italy on a Perillo tour and are now experts on OUR food. This is 100% Italian American South Philly!! Try it!!
Want authentic Italian? You're going to the right place – By far, one of the best Italian restaurants I've been to. No frills, great food, little bit of 'tude in the waitresses, but who can blame them? The place is always packed. Extremely reasonable prices. Went with a group of people and everyone was pleased with their dinners!
Excellent Italian – Food is never other than great. I first dined there is the early 90's and have returned every time I am in Philly, which is at least 6 times yearly, with several trips to the Villa. Everyone who has gone there with me loved the place. It is such a pleasant Italian food experience don't miss it!
Classic South Philly Italian keeps families coming back. – In Short
No-frills decor and waitresses who call everybody "Hon" make sure that the experience is all about the food. Families from the neighborhood fill the room along with suburban stragglers. It's South Philly Italian fare at affordable prices with steamed mussels marinara with just the right amount of garlic. The Villa salad is reminiscent of the old Jimmy's Milan classic, and fried asparagus in butter sauce is as delicious as it sounds.
A Great First Experience – For my first brief visit to Philly, I could not have asked for a better experience. Our waitress was absolutely darling and made sure we were taken care of. She was even nice enough to let me get a picture with her.
Being from Seattle, it's hard for me to say if this was "authentic" Italian - but personally, I don't care. The food was incredible and unbelievalbly affordable. Sausage, chicken stuffed with ham and cheese, pasta, Cannoli - it was all pefect. And for just over a $100 for 4 (counting appetizers, main courses, wine and desserts) you can't beat it. Go. Now.
I was looking for reviews on a restaurant down the street from here and saw this review. I cant believe that anyone gave this place a bad review. I was there with family in June for a b-day party dinner. There were 11 of us and the bill was under 300. The food was excellent, I even ordered a dinner to take home for a family member who I knew would love what I had just had. The waitress Lisa was awesome, I'm going to have to get back there real soon, you cant beat the food or the price ...
From a man who knows restaurants – Some reviews on here are sadly from people who wouldn't know good crusine if smacked em in the head.
Here is the scoop, this is a fine neigborhood place. Its not romantic candlelit place with soft music in the background. The food is home cooked gravies, meatballs and such fare. These folks don't spare the butter in the delightful and very flavorful scrimp scampi or the seasme encrusted aspagus spears.
Steak my way was very tasty as was the chicken with hot peppers points and oil. The waitereses are neigborhood gals who know most of the clientele. Don't expect them to pour your eine for you, its just not that kind of place. I'll be back.
And to top it off its cheap. Someone wrote they were expensive ? Not true, for example, a full plate of spaghetti with marinara is $ 7.95. Go figure.
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Classic – Staff is authentic South Philly, food is authentic Italian. Menu doesnt change, and that is a good thing. I think Spaghetti and Meatballs are the best around. Some dishes are a little heavy on the butter, but who cares- richer the better.
I could go there once a week and not get sick of it
Happy to hear it – My mother used to take us there every Sunday, when I was a child. And I loved it! So happy to see this restaurant still in business. Nothing has changed. It still has no-nonsense delicious food and great service.
A touch of the old country – After reading other reviews, I'm glad I tried this resturant for myself. I found the food very authentic. The selection was tremendous. The service was friendly and informative.
Try this place you'll enjoy it. I will be going back.
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