Decent Italian in Woodland Hills.
When it comes to suburban Restaurants, as a Food Writer, you know don’t want to fillet them too much.
Ha-ha. Look at the Food Writer kicking the @#$% out of a Suburban Restaurant. It’s a joke that almost writes itself.
It’s not a matter of the ingredients, or the crew, or even the Chef. You can find top notch of all three no matter where you go or where you are. The real question for a Suburban Restaurant is how much of a damn do its clients give.
The Villa is in itself not a bad restaurant. The food there is quite lovely. The atmosphere warm and inviting. The crew is top notch and will look after you well, and what comes out of the kitchen is pretty damn good and satisfying.
Basically, the Villa’s main problem is that it’s not another Italian Restaurant.
It’s problem is that it’s not one of the other literally dozens of Italian Restaurants closer to L.A. where I personally thought the food was epsilon better. (Epsilon being a math term representing the unknown…kinda the same as “X” only more highbrow). The Villa’s got a new Chef (working there all of four months as of my last visit), a new menu, and some overall good times.
I don’t know if I recommend going out of my way to get to the Villa if you’re say in Glendale or Downtown, but if you’re in Woodland Hills for any reason, this might be my first choice.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, I got Cacio E Pepe, which I think was pretty good. I say think because I was on a rough first date at the time, and eating my dinner was a bit problematic. (Long, long story fit for another blog). What I had I liked, and was prepared well.
There’s a saying about Cacio E Pepe which would have been really, really cool, and totally fit for the moment. It even would have involved referencing the Rome Episode of No Reservations…but it doesn’t matter now. It looks like the new Chef has struck it from the menu. Alas.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: It’s a good restaurant for a date. And the staff is patient.
Did I mention…patient?
PARKING: Not bad. They have their own lot, which isn’t huge, but is hugged up right next to the restaurant. Past that you’re looking at street parking on Ventura, or maybe, just maybe, sneaking into the Library lot across the street. Though I couldn’t get a read on how good (or non-Ticketable) idea that was.
22160 Ventura Blvd,
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Dinner: Every night starting at 5pm
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am – 2:30pm
Brunch Saturday 11:30am – 2:30pm and Sunday 10am – 3pm