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Villa Maria - Calgary
Villa Maria - Calgary

Villa Maria - Calgary Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.villamariaristorante.com
  • Phone: (403) 228-5556
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 Am - 2:00 Pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00 Pm - 9:00 Pm, Saturday: 5:30 Pm - 10:00 Pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Maria Caria
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: you can book the entire restaraunt to yourself.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: mcleod trail
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: over 45 stalls.
A word from Villa Maria - Calgary
Villa Maria is a family owned and operated business.
Great quality fresh food, and ambience. join us for lunch of dinner
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "I enjoy this classic Italian Restaurant with perfect service accompanied by great sense of humor. Maria prepares a delicious meal, nice size portions and the bread was amazing. Nice fresh salad! Love to be able to have a nice conversation without yelling at each other. Beautiful Art work make this dining room classy."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "My daughter and I so enjoyed our evening with Villa Maria. It was our first time there. We had an early dinner before going to the theatre. The food was exceptional and the staff very pleasant, very attentive. It had a familiar atmosphere. They greeted the other guests by name, even the children, so it was apparent they were people who came to the restaurant often. They have a huge parking lot behind the restaurant so you never have to worry about getting a place to park. I will definitely be making a reservation for myself and my husband soon. Lovely experience."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • " The food was as good, very tasty & some of the best Italian I have had in Calgary. The Bruschetta starter was delicious and fresh. The Shrimp in lemon butter sauce were cooked perfectly and delicious. All pasta dishes were really delicious. My only disappointment was that the calamari in Read Sauce (not the Fritti) was very very chewy. I managed to peal off a membrane on them and was able to eat some but I had expected perfectly cooked calamari at a place like this- not sure if that is something that is supposed to be removed before serving or not? The staff were good and the owner was friendly and welcoming. Would certainly recommend and hope to go back soon."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great, overlooked gem of a restaurant. The service was friendly and attentive. The food was tasty, reasonably portioned, and well prepared. The house red was also very nice. I would recommend this place either for family and friends or for a business meal. It was very quiet the night we were there which is a shame given what a gem of a restaurant this is."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "During Stampede Week, we entertained suppliers for a corporate recognition event and were delighted with the excellent food and fabulous service we received at Villa Maria. And talk about "Location, Location, Location"! We were able to just walk over to Stampede Park for the rodeo and had no complications arranging transportation. Molte Grazie, Villa Maria!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in (an office party of 9) we were greeted and treated with the best service! This is a family owned and operated restaurant and Maria really knows how to cook. All nine of us finished our plates clean and we are planning our next lunch back there. The food was divine."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "It was a quiet Monday night. Nicer look inside than from the street. Salads were very good. My daughter says that was one of the best Caprese salads she's ever had. My wife had the lobster ravioli and said it was OK. The deep fried calamari were good but needed a sauce or something as alone they were too dry. I wanted the lasagna but there was none left. Had the Cannelloni instead, and it was delicious. We shared a creme brule for dessert but the sugar crust was visibly burnt black and tasted as such...not enjoyable. Should not have served it that way. Service was adequate. Overall a bit pricey for level of food and service."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We took clients to this restaurant twice during Stampede, and were very pleased with our choice. Ordered calamari, mussels and scampi for appetizers, and all were fantastic. The main courses of chicken or veal were also great. Service was excellent - friendly and humorous, as well as efficient. Interior is newly renovated and very classy. Location is excellent for Stampede activities."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We have been to Villa Maria on several occasions and always enjoyed the very personal service. Wonderful Italian food. Danny is great fun, ensuring a memorable evening."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Villa Maria is a gem. The interior is beautiful, the service is exceptional, and the food is amazing. Our group of 4 was extremely pleased with our dining experience. It wasn't only just a delicious meal but a wonderful evening and experience. We will be back every time we are in Calgary."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Have been several times and Villa Maria never disappoints. The food, service, and ambiance are all fantastic. A hidden gem in the city. Plan a party or event and let them choose the courses..."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Great food delivered quickly through great service. Very quiet during our visit. I think this is one of the top 5 caesar salads I've had anywhere. Nice interior and unsuspectingly nice inside"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "For my starter, I had minestrone. I ordered the featured lunch special, scampi in paprika sauce. Both my soup and the entree were delicious, flavourful, and not overly salty. Service was efficient and attentive without being overbearing. Enjoyed my lunch. I'll be back."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I was very disappointed with this restaurant right from the get go. Having gone early, there had been only one other table at the restaurant, yet it took a staggering 20 minutes to get the food menu and then another 20 minutes for our order to be taken. Furthermore, I thought I would play it safe and order the Spaghetti Carbonara. However, black pepper had been added to the dish before it had left the kitchen and unfortunately the flavor had overwhelmed the entire dish. The overall taste of it was really only mediocre. There are plenty of other places in Calgary that serve better tasting Carbonara at half the price that Villa Maria charges. Pricier menus does not always suggest better quality foods. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food was awesome and the service was always on the ball. I would come here again for sure. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We are so pleased to see this wonderful Italian restaurant survived last year's flood. Again we had a great meal and evening and can't wait to return again soon. The food was very good and the staff and owner actually take the time to speak with you, not just take your order and run off like so many restaurant's these days. It was better than we had anticipated and a terrific end to a very busy and hectic week. They just treat you so well and so special."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "It was a slow, snowy night when we are there. The scampies were excellent. There meat sauce is very tasty and the tiramisu has great flavour. Danny and his wife make excellent hosts and cooks. Always a great evening."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "No request too small or difficult for the staff - brought out a whipped cream spray can for my coffee upon request, heated up last portion of dinner that became cold. The list goes on. Attentive but not intruding. I'll be back :-)"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We love the food at Villa Maria. The appetizers are great, the pasta is fresh and delicious. My husband thinks the chicken parmigiana is one of the best in the city. We also love the friendly service. The owner, Danny, makes us feel right at home every time we go in, and he makes sure that we are well taken care of. One of our favourite restaurants in Calgary."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Always a delight! Food, service and atmosphere are all excellent."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Excellent service, excellent food and the wine was pretty good as well. Return trips will be planned."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Service and restaurant atmosphere was excellent!! One thing I found dissapointing was the portion size. The menu on line on open table does not include prices. The lobster ravioli entree serves 5 ravioli on your plate, one ravioli costs $5. Definitely not the portions nonna serves. They offered fresh black pepper but NOT cheese for on top of my pasta. Food taste was very good."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We were very pleased with our visit to Villa Maria. A very nice dining experience. Service was very good and we will go back for sure. Happy to support a small local restaurant impacted by the floods. It was evident by the interaction between some customers and waiters, that many people are regulars at this restaurant. Always a good sign."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Really none of the above categories fit. The food was excellent as was the service but the decor and ambience are dated and lack interest."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We made a last minute decision to take a group of 5 adults and 3 kids out for dinner last Saturday night and while Villa Maria was not our first choice, it turned out to be a good one. The wait staff were funny, incredibly energetic and really good with the kids however forgot a couple of drink orders. They were able to accommodate a big group without making it feel like an imposition or with cramped quarters. Considering they just recently reopened after last June's flood, they did a terrific job!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Was surprised to be handed a very limited Flames menu - as this is how the restaurant ensures all diners make the puck drop. The list was a bit too limited - one soup, 2 salads, 2 or 3 appetizers (had the shrimp which was delicious - sausage was one of the choices), 3 pastas (gnocchi, ravioli and cannelloni) and 3 mains (chicken, salmon, veal with seafood). My companion had the lobster ravioli - four on a plate with nothing else - and I have the cannelloni - 2 mushy tubes on a plate with nothing else. Both were fine but not very exciting. Service was slow. Would go back to try the main menu on a non-game night as the ambiance was very nice and the food we had was good."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Enjoyed our evening, friendly staff, good food and ambiance, just found that it was a bit pricey. Everything was a la carte, e.g. salad and/or soup not included in price of main course. Bottle of Wine was delicious but expensive. Intend on dining there again in future. I would recommend to friends to dine here."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We loved this great Italian restaurant before the flood, and we are so happy that they are back up and running. Same great food, same great service."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "We decided to celebrate Father's Day, the day before this year, which was a Sat. When we arrived at 6pm & there were no other customers. So we had the place to ourselves, we we wondering if this gem of a place had a very big clientelle, however, by the time we left there were plenty. Wine selection was a little on the sparse side, however, we had the house red & it was very good & went well with the dinner. Thank-you Open Table. I never would have found & tried it, unless I had been a part of your email list/web site. We would go back."
    Dined on 6/15/2013
  • "Great food and excellent service. I went for lunch with a business associate and I will be coming back for dinner with my husband. The lunch time pricing was very reasonable and everything was homemade and delicious. The owner was there and stopped to joke around with us and was very attentive. I would definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 6/6/2013
  • "Great service and excellent food, worth the visit."
    Dined on 5/31/2013
  • "This was my first time at this restaurant and I will definitely go back. The service was very attentive, the server was knowledgeable and accommodated my special request. The food was delicious! Lovely interior decor. Also appreciate that there is free parking! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/10/2013
  • "We've been to Villa Maria several times now and have never been disappointed. Danny and his wife and son make a great team in the kitchen and at the tables. This will definitely be a regular spot for us."
    Dined on 4/27/2013
  • "Our server was extremely attentive. I enjoyed the appetizer, the main and the wine. All in all a delightful experience"
    Dined on 4/16/2013
  • "Having not been there before, we chose the spot as a central location - meeting friends from the north while we are in the south. We all enjoyed the food and atmosphere. What I especially enjoyed was the relaxed pace - not being served so quickly that you feel they are rushing. We each had a different dish and each one was delicious. We all asked each other, "Would you order that again?" and everyone said yes. The only other comment I can make is I wish there more vegetables - a stalk of broccoli, some carrot and a tiny potato was the offering. Cut the carrots and add more broccoli please! We'll be going again!"
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "Great food but the portion of vegetable or pasta on the entree dish is small."
    Dined on 4/5/2013
  • "We had a late dinner and had the place practically to ourselves. The waiter was super and the food was a pleasure. Best scampi in Calgary- an awesome appetizer."
    Dined on 3/28/2013
  • "great for Flames games. Good food and great location."
    Dined on 3/27/2013
  • "Fresh, tasty authentic Italian food. Great personal service made us feel like we were in Tuscany. Calamari appetizer...awesome. Close to Stampede grounds to walk over to any events."
    Dined on 3/19/2013
  • "I was very disappointed. I went on recommendation. I take my friend out every year for her birthday..first of all, never go on a Flames game nite. I had made a reservation and there was no table ready. All the staff was involved in getting everyone their bills, so they could get to the game. As the restaurant emptied and there were only 3 tables left, the staff was more interested in setting tables than serving. Not once were we offered any type of service without asking. That includes getting a drink, a menu, and when we did give our order, they were already out of salmon. We were not sure who our server was because we just kept asking whoever was walking by at the time. I will not be recommending this restaurant to anyone in the futureu"
    Dined on 3/6/2013