La Villetta

4.6
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502 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
La Villetta, “cottage” in Italian, is housed in a former carriage house whose building dates back to 1910. This unique space features tones of emerald green, colorful blue, red and yellow stoneware and exposed brick walls giving it both an intimate and rustic feel. The emerald green and dusk blue are reminiscent of the stunning seas and coastline of Puglia, Italy. The region of Puglia is known for its legendary yet simplistic cuisine and boasts some of the best Mediterranean fare
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4.6
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S
Miami
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gerry is the best and staff are like family. We love dining here for so many years

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This exceeded my expectations. We got a table, no problem. We ordered soup and gnocchi to share and they were kind enough to split the food into two bowls and two plates. The food was delicious. They even read my note from my reservation asking for the cannoli dessert.

J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Ten people for dinner including three small children. The staff was very friendly, the food was very good, it was a great experience. Thank you La Villetta!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Local neighborhood restaurant.

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They DO NOT acknowledge reservations. SO crowded when we arrived, maitre d' said wait a minute, and never returned. Never asked name. Had no place to wait. PACKED. You should remove from Open Table because they no not recognize reservations. Left and ate elsewhere.

PD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience5

I have dined at La Viletta on several prior occasions. Overall the food at this bustling, upscale, neighborhood bistro is delicious.

On this occasion I was seated for a 6 pm reservation. A friend joined moments later, having been stuck in rush hour traffic.

Our waiter took our drink order and left menus. He came back several times BEFORE our wine arrived to ask if we were ready to order. We looked at the menu after drinks arrived. We ordered 2-3 minutes later. Our salad course arrived almost instantly. The first salad finished was whisked away the moment the fork touched the plate. I had to hold onto my plate in able to finish mine as the waiter was in such a hurry to clear.

Our main course arrived immediately and the restaurant began to fill up. There were no patrons waiting. As we finished, the dessert menus were placed in the table and WHILE OUR PLATES WERE STILL BEING CLEARED we were asked to decide. As dessert was placed before us, I saw the manager speaking impatiently to our waiter, directly behind my guest’s back, urging him to hurry us along.

I glanced at my watch and saw that we had been seated just after 6:00 and it was now 7:25!

The food was delicious and our waiter almost apologetic at the hurried service. Nevertheless, the hurried and insistent pace of our meal was so AGGRESSIVEthat neither of us would consider ever dining here again.

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Solid upscale neighborhood Italian with a great wine list.

RS
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

wanted a small place where food was authentic and could converse with friends without too much noise and bother. meatballs good, fried calamari rubbery and old - with hard breading, almost inedible. orecchiette good, salmon tender, good tiramisu.

j
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

what could you ask more from a restaurant. Luigi is wonderful GM and great addition to the food , wine and ambiance.

NY
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

La Villetta
A tiny, cozy, pleasant and intimate Italian restaurant nestled on 53rd street between Beekman and First Avenue. The tables are very, very close together, but the service is so remarkably attentive, caring and excellent that you almost don’t notice the extremely close quarters. The food is very good, with the grilled octopus and broccoli rabe appetizer a notable and delicious stand out. The caprese salad, pasta pomodoro and veal with mushrooms were also quite tasty. Specials are numerous (the veal was one) and the menu has a very nice variety of Italian favorites, with wine offerings that are well chosen and well priced. While this is a tiny restaurant, the fresh flowers, impeccably focused, lovely and polished service, very good food, and well curated wine offerings will make us returning customers. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at La Villetta and are already looking forward to returning.

DS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood stand out. Always delicious.

JB
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carbo meal dinner before NYC Marathon. All our pastas were exceptional. Winner was Penne Siciliano. Busy and smallish-you’d think it’s be loud but it’s not at all. Only small niggle was the TV: such a nice place, why do they need a screen?

h
New York Area
190 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy having dinner here. The menu, food and preparation is wonderful. The waitstaff is very accommodating. Another wonderful meal!

I
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Intimate neighborhood gem with great food and service and a specials list a mile long. I would definitely love to come back here and I recommend it.

j
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luigi is the best manager ever created. His memory like an elephant! Never forgets a client or his/her wine.

NY
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Luigi is a fabulous chef and the service is great

D
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This cozy local Italian restaurant has very good cuisine and service at a reasonable price. The list of specials of the day also is extensive. The restaurant in a neighborhood jewel.

SD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The entire experience is exceptional!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Wonderful to have it in the neighborhood.

NY
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food fabulous service and fun

DA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food is very good.
Waiters are a bit abrasive, not very welcoming. Ask for suggestions and they don’t express anything with conviction. It’s almost like your bothering them with a silly question. However the food makes up for this one complaint.

EG
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant in the neighborhood.

JK
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

charming neighborhood place, excellent food and service
jane

c
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, and copious portions

OT
New York Area
154 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went there with a group of people after work. We all enjoyed our dinners. The waiter was especially attentive and friendly. He recommended delicious food. It is a really nice restaurant

MF
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. We were a large group (14) in a small space and our entire experience went so well and so smoothly. Food was tasty and portions were huge. The staff was excellent. Loved it.

BG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it
A hidden gem

FA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual

OT
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La dolce vita!
We had a fabulous late lunch at La Villetta..the grilled salmon is superb! And the berry sorbet was amazing! Loved every bite!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great local place for very good Italian food.
Really nice service

Loved the biscottis they give you st the end of the meal

M
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This neighborhood restaurant is a terrific place to experience the city. There is a generous menu, all reasonably priced. The staff is friendly and experienced. I will eat there again.

CR
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and service. Good selection on Italian wines by the glass. Pleasant environment. Very enjoyable overall. No complaints

JP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints.
Charming atmosphere and delicious food.

h
New York Area
190 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a pleasure to have dinner here. The food are service are reliably wonderful.

S
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gerry is the best and the Chop is awesome

AM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

LaVilletta is always outstanding. Service and Food exceptional. Unfortunately is has become very popular and it was crowded and noisy. Had to wait 20 minutes for table since people were not leaving. The price you pay for being a great restaurant. But I will always wait for a table, the food is worth it.

JC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is my favourite neighbourhood restaurant and I always take guests there.

It reminds me of Italy and the food is as good as my Italian husband cooks.

Lovely atmosphere and very pleasant people

MD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I usually come to the city every 8 weeks or so. This was our second visit. The food was amazing and the coconut cake is the best we ever had.

The staff is very attentive and makes you feel at home.

We will definitely be back!

Maggie and Jim

AC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming neighborhood restaurant. Lovely staff. Warm atmosphere.

L
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to Italian. Jerardo and the staff, Amazing!

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