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Villa Maria - Calgary

4.2
171 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

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From family style to fine dinning, Villa Maria has it all. Homemade authentic fresh ingredients used by chef Maria, who is passionate about the food she is creating! Villa Maria Italian restaurant is conveniently located on 17 Ave S.W. with parking available at the back. Complementary limo ride provided to any Saddledome events after your dinner!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00 Pm; Friday and Saturday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(403) 228-5556
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Maria Caria
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Catering
We can cater your next event!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 4 and 5 street.
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Parking details
over 45 stalls.
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Entertainment
Live entertainment every Friday.
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
4.2
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

We made a last minute reservation for Mothers Day. Upon arrival they seated us in the quaint room, very cozy that looks out over 17th Avenue. We loved it. The food was great and the service even better.We didn't feel rushed, enjoyed our meals and our evening was capped off with complementary Lemoncello. A great reminder of our trip to Italy last year and all the wonderful comp lemoncello there. We will be back and highly recommend it to all!

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2017

The food was pretty good but it was quite expensive for the portion sizes.

We sat outside, which was very noisy on 17th ave

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Pleasant atmosphere. Slightly overpriced food that was good, but not great.

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2017

It's an ok place. They were out of any of the beer I wanted but the wine prices were generally ok. The appetizers were just ok and nothing special, especially the quality of the ingredients. The mains were also just ok. Most at our table ordered veal and it was tough so I assume a red veal vs white. Again lower quality. The sauces on the veal were good but they were skimpy on the accompanying veg and sides. For the price there are better places for Italian food.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2017

Maria prepared us a beautiful meal. In fact we asked her just to feed us. Amazing food. And don't forget Danny. Excellent service good wine and family treatment.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2016

Food was great, staff very good ! Definitely would go back!

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2016

Love the new location! The space is really bright and modern. Food and service are still excellent! It will be really nice to sit on the patio in the summer and people watch.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2016

Great food and drinks, romantic ambiance, awesome service!!

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2016

We always enjoy eating at Villa Maria and the new space is even more inviting. Loved the salsa dancing later on too!

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2016

This was my first time back to Villa since they moved to 5th street. And wow! They really changed it up. Not the food because it was already amazing but the overall feel! It now has this contemporary aura and look that can top most Calgary restaurants. Wonderful place!

Have lots of memories of Danny and crew at the previous location but I know this one will make even more!

We ordered the Bruschetta Trio, Meatballs, Risotto AI Funghi and Gemelli Alfredo with Chicken (if available). Delicious food!

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2016

We have been to the restaurant before. We will do so again.

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2.0Dined on October 1, 2016

Slow. Slightly overwhelmed staff. $25 for chicken parm, served with 1/4 potato, 1 bit of broccoli, and 4 pieces of something else. Won't be back.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2016

Great food as always, in a new location at 17th and 5th. Menu has changed a bit but the old favourites are still available, along with really good thin crust pizzas.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2016

Awesome Food. Would come back here again. The veal was incredible.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2016

The service and food were simply amazing. Would go again in an instant. Will absolutely surprise you.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2016

Great food, we had twelve people, restaurant was busy and the service was terrific!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2016

We've been here a lot, great place to have dinner before heading to the dome. Food is always good and the prices are fair.... !

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2016

Always our first choice before a Flames Game. Danny and his staff are excellent. I always appreciate when the owner is in thier resturant talking with their guests.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Villa Maria is a great place for dinner. There is a nice selection of pastas as well as chicken and veal dishes. We started with mussels and caesars salads, which were great. For mains we had the sole special, veal piccata, veal parmesan and a pasta bolognese. All were excellent. We saved some room to share a dessert to cap off the evening. All in all, a nice evening and we will return.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2016

fantastic! they accommodated us wuth 5 kids and we have a lovely family dinner with friends it was such a treat! definitely will be back!!

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2.0Dined on January 21, 2016

The restaurant is beautiful and the service was excellent but the food was sub par.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2016

We recently dropped in to Villa Maria with a group of six to celebrate my wife's birthday. It was our first time here and we were very pleasantly surprised. Danny, the owner, greeted us warmly at the door and was attentive and entertaining throughout the night. The ambiance is warm and friendly. Maria, Danny's wife and also the chef, prepared a great authentic Italian dinner. Although the wine list is not extensive, you can find a reasonably priced Italian wine that will compliment you meal. Definitely a place that we will visit again!

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2016

Went before the game and as expected it was much busier than my first visit. All in all it was still a good experience. Been twice now and like everything I've tried.

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2016

Brought my in-laws for a nice dinner and Villa Maria did not disappoint. Had dinner from 7:30-9:30 and we were treated so well. We basically had the restaurant to ourselves which was actually really nice. Food was excellent, prices are good and the service was awesome. We will come back of course.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2015

Always enjoy Villa Maria. Great selection on the menu.
The house wine is great, but there is always something special as well.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2015

The food is always good and prices are great.
The house wine is as good as anything.
Always leave happy.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2015

I'm only writing this review because I really wanted to. Danny is one of the friendliest restaurant owner/server I have ever met. He even let us park in his lot after dinner to go to a show at the Dome.

The food was fantastic. My wife and I frequent Italian restaurants around town quite often so we had expectations based on the price of the items. We found a lot of restaurants do not justify the price but Villa Maria exceeded all expectations and the value was definitely there.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2015

This restaurant is really a hidden jem. It is extremely close to where we live near stampede park. We went during a Flames game and they did everything to ensure those who were going to the game got there with time to spare. The staff were funny and nice. We will return.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2015

Good food, good service, reasonable prices. Very happy to spend a evening here for dinner.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2015

I was nervous since this restaurant has changed names a few times over the years. I booked it based on the ratings and just as important the location to the Saddledome for the Flames game. I was expexting good found it to be great food and the service was exceptional. If you do go make sure to ask for Steve, probably one of the best waiters in Calgary. Highly Recommend.

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2015

Handy and excellent spot for pre-game (or other Saddledome event) dining. We arrived late, but food prepared quickly, service team very good/friendly.

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2.0Dined on October 1, 2015

I was in the area on a Thursday night and I had wanted to try this place for a while. I arrived at 6:30 on a Thursday night and I was the 2nd table (a few more tables arrived as I dined). The waiter did a good job of being attentive, but not smothering which is very easy to do when it's not busy. The veal parm was lightly breaded, juicy, and tender but overpriced. I was in Italy 3 weeks earlier and Villa Maria's food and prices pale in comparison. Thankfully, Villa Maria's service is an order of magnitude better than I experienced in Italy.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2015

My wife's veal, and my prawns were good, but a little chewy. There is a lot on the menu, maybe we picked the wrong things.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2015

Looks a bit unsuspecting from outside but beautifully redone inside and great cozy feel. Great authentic Italian food cooked by the owners themselves. Would recommend!

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2.0Dined on June 24, 2015

The place looked nice enough, the service was good. It was on the in-between quiet time when I had dinner. The food was ok. I had the Lobster Ravioli. The stuffing was good but the pasta was a bit on the hard side instead of soft side. I had the creme caramel for dessert, there was some kind of skin on the bottom that ruined the taste of an otherwise good dessert. Will most likely pass to try some other restaurant but will give it another try again if I get a few recommendations for the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2015

As always the food was superb. The service staff are polite and courteous. They do not interrupt all the time when they see that you are discussing business yet they never leave you feeling ignored.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2015

Villa Maria offers a delicious and delightful dining experience! Danny had to basically start from scratch again after the floods and dining room is warm & inviting. From the hostess greeting and Danny himself welcoming us to our excellent server, our evening was perfect. The special of the evening was Maria's (chef and namesake) LAMB SHANK. My husband is a lamb expert and he claimed it was the BEST HE'S EVER HAD, ANYWHERE! My scampi was garlicky goodness! Their focacia bruschetta is delicious. Great wine list to boot.

Side info - you can park in the lot before an event at the Saddle Dome and come back for your car after the show! Dinner & a Show, free parking!

Definitely check it out!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2015

This was our third dinner at Villa Maria's with a large group. Excellent service and the food was delish!

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2015

The food wasn't all that great. Got the feeling they were promoting food that wasn't selling. Very expensive for the quality of food and the overall dining experience.

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2.0Dined on February 4, 2015

Was looking for a great pre Flames game spot. This place missed the mark. The menu was pre set so there were limited options to select from and everything was pre made in advance. The food was either cold or tasted like it was microwaved. Supremely disappointing. I'm unsure if it would be a better experience if it was a normal weekday or weekend evening. Cute little environment but sadly the food fell extremely below expectation.

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