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About Villa Penna

Villa Penna is a family owned banquet hall that serves authentic Italian food using century-old family recipes. Penna's has been in operation since 1968 and is famous for its homemade pasta. In fact, each year it serves 10,000 pounds of it. The family-style dinners provide a variety of classic favorites, including minestrone soup, homemade fettucine alfredo, top round beef with mushrooms, boneless chicken picante, green beans pizzaiola and many more.

Villa Penna is also a prime venue for weddings and other special occasions and celebrations. With elegantly designed semi-private banquet rooms, a bocce court and world class service, Villa Penna's provides an elegant experience for dinner or a special event.

43985 Hayes Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, American

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Corner of Hayes and Shoreline, half mile south of Hall Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(586) 566-9900

Website:
http://www.villapenna.com/

Executive Chef:
Santino Polidori

Private Party Facilities:
We have a banquet halls available for 50 - 500 people with smaller rooms through the restaurant to accommodate between 20 - 70 people. Our bocce room is available to play bocce or for private events.

Private Party Contact:
Danielle: (586) 566-9900

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Villa Penna Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (45)
Good for Groups (42)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
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Romantic (23)
Kid-friendly (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Notable Wine List (10)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Hot Spot (3)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 8, 2014

the food was good. it took a loooong time to get it and the waitress kept coming by to apologize because "the kitchen was backed up." when we finally got it, the sides were cold but the main dish was warm....once the food was delivered the waitress disappeared

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 17, 2014

Should be perfect for romantic atmosphere and weddings and sweetest day n valentine day

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 15, 2014

The food was good our service was not great. Some in our group of 7 wanted dessert and coffee after dinner. The waitress took the coffee order and said she would bring us a dessert menu. We were waiting and waiting and finally we asked another waitress if we could at least have our coffee or find our wait person. More time went by and still no service. Then I asked a young man that was clearing a table to please find our waitress. Finally someone came over to the table and poured coffee, but still no dessert menu. One of the ladies in our party asked for the manager. The manager apologized and gave each of us a coupon for a dessert or appetizer the next time we visited. Really -- why not free coffee or dessert on the spot.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 30, 2014

Enjoyed our visit immensely. Food and service wonderful.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 14, 2014

The family loved the Italian dishes especially the steak impanta dish. Definitely a return visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 12, 2014

Penna restruant is in my parents neighborhood and we eeLly enjoyed it. The fillet mignon was excellent and service was great. Jeromy did am excellent job.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 6, 2014

The fillet was probably the best I ever had. I ordered it Medium Rare and it was perfect. My husband had the Italian New York Strip and really enjoyed it. We would go back and try some pasta dishes.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 4, 2014

My husband and I went here for my birthday meal. It was very nice. Our waitress was in training, but she was so sweet! She kept our drinks refilled and our food came in a very timely manner. We did not wait for the next course, she had it ready as soon as we were ready for the next dish.

Also, there was a group in the room when we went, but they have a really interesting Bocce Ball court. That looked like fun, and great for all ages and groups of all sizes.

The building itself was very nice, with hardwood everywhere. It was nice without being overstated.

My husband and I had soup, salad, and the main course without breaking $35 before tip. I thought this was a great price for the food and atmosphere we had.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 28, 2014

The service was excellent and the food was fantastic. I enjoyed the fact that I am served both soup and salad with my dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 15, 2014

We had an early dinner before going to Freedom Hill to see Tony Bennett, so the restaurant wasn't very busy, but as we were leaving the people started flocking in. The decor was rich yet pleasant. The service right on; not too fussy but aware of what we we needed and when.
I'd recommend this to anyone.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on August 10, 2014

This was our first time to this restaurant. The food is excellent - classic Italian nicely done. We ordered appetizers all of which were good-tasting, especially the calamari - one of the best I've had than in any other restaurant in town. I had the veal scallopini which was very tender and the sauce light and flavorful. Everybody in my party enjoyed their dinner. They commented on how fresh all their dishes tasted, especially the pasta. Portions are sizeable and the food quality and taste are excellent. Our waiter Fabio was fantastic - very attentive and friendly. The hostess was especially kind as she accommodated our party even though there was a mixup with the reservation. We will all definitely be back.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 5, 2014

We had a great time and the food was EXCELLANT .Service was great and so were the prices.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 2, 2014

Have had many very good meals here. The pasta, shrimp, soup, salad and bread are very good quality and the serving sizes are ample. The staff are always wonderful and aim to please. On one occasion my take out order meal was not up to par. I called and they gave me a free meal the next time I came in. Wonderful customer service!

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 10, 2014

Everything was good except: I ordered the Fettuccine and the pasta stuck together. I cut it with my fork instead of twirling it because it wouldn't twirl. Also the Italian music, though good, was too loud. My party and I had to speak loud to hear each other. Otherwise it was a good experience. Oh, one more thing..on our bill there was a "rounding fee" of 2 cents. We asked the waitress and she didn't know what it was either. We paid it.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 7, 2014

Villa Penna served us great filet minion.
The quantity of the side items was surprisingly low for a $27.00 meal.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on June 6, 2014

We wanted to go somewhere we had never been. Went to Open Table to look through Detroit restaurants and saw Villa Penna. We are west-siders but will go far for a good meal. We were so pleasantly surprised. From the time we walked through the front door until we left, we felt as welcomed as if we were regulars. Our waitress -- Rebecca -- could not have been more helpful. Her suggestions were spot on. We were also pleased with the quality and pricing of the wine list. One of the excellent wines we had recently at another restaurant (for $35 a bottle) was priced at $21. The food was outstanding. We ordinarily do not take food home -- but it was too good to leave. The entire experience was absolutely worth the 50 minute drive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on May 17, 2014

Found to the food to be very good. A pleasant surprise as that I had no knowledge of place

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 17, 2014

It was great as always every one was happy .We will be back you know how to please guests.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 9, 2014

had a great experience at villa penna. the food and were outstanding.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on May 3, 2014

Good value for the money. Food came quickly despite the fact that they were very busy. Great bread. Large portions. Service was efficient even though they were very busy.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on March 29, 2014

Waiter was excellent and attentive. Chicken Parm was excellent as was the prime rib dinners. Overall a great place for dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on March 22, 2014

I took my boyfriend to Villa Penna this past Saturday for his birthday. The service was fantastic, the food was awesome (and plentiful), and their birthday cake was yummy. The time from arrival to ordering to soup to salad to dinner to dessert was just right. We were never stuck waiting but we did not feel rushed either. Both of our meals were great, including the soup and salad. I would highly recommend Villa Penna and we'll definitely good back again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on March 7, 2014

The overall experience was exactly what we expected. Very good quality food at a very reasonable price. All four of our meals were very good. My wife's salmon was cooked just right. My son had the filet which he really liked.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 22, 2014

Food was outstanding especially the meatballs!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 15, 2014

Much better than I had expected for this large a restaurant-really excellent Italian food,equal to any other Detroit Italian . I can think of.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Thank you Open Table! I made reservation for Valentine's Day dinner and I am so glad I did. The wait without a reservation was 3 hours. Even though we still had a wait a little bit I didn't mind. The hostesses were patient and courteous with so many guests waiting for tables. I was worried our dinner was going to be subpar due to the busy night. I was surprised how delicious it was and the service was great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Valentines Day 2014. My wife and I booked via OT. When we walked in the restaurant was PACKED! We were greated by a bright smile and we're sat within 5 minutes of our reaso. The food was great and the service from Rebecca was even better. Great place!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Great food, service, and environment.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 13, 2014

Wanted a great Italian place since there's none in Alabama.
Penna's really fit the bill. It was excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 6, 2014

On a quiet, cold winter evening, Villa Penna was perfect to cure our cabin fever. The food is terrific and I love the ambience. Of course the service was perfect. Bianca was outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 31, 2014

Great food, good taste , nice service. The host area was the only unorganized place. Seems like it is family operated. Great place. We will be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 26, 2014

I love the relaxed feel of this place...just enough Intimacy without feeling isolated. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The filet mignon was to die for. Service was well-timed and friendly, drinks were affordable."

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 6, 2013

Our server forgot about us at times, and we had to ask another server questions about some menu items. Then we waited some time before our server returned so that we could order dinner. Food was good, service was fair. Would recommend to others for dining, but with a caveat about the service.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 23, 2013

I really enjoy that when I have to pull together a family party Penna's is always a friendly place with consistently great food!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 2, 2013

We loved our device there but was a bit disappointed in the good. They have the best soup but the rest was just ok nothing special. Was hoping for a really good meal but was just an ok one.

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 1, 2013

Very disappointed. My chicken piccante was supposed to be a lemon sauce and it was chicken and gravy. My husbands pasta and sausage was tasteless, I couldn't recognize the tiramisu was unrecognizable and tasted like a bad torte, my espresso was one sip and the waiter could care less. He didn't even offer cream. The food tasted like bad hall food. I'm amazed they're still open. If you can imagine, Olive Garden is better. I never thought I'd say that!! Oh and I was stuck staring at an awful portrait of the Bernstein family. They really should get some decent art!

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on July 27, 2013

My dinner was good but my colleagues' dinners weren't good. The pasta dishes had way too much sauce and the ravioli wasnt good. The meatballs were very spicey; the veal picatta looked and tasted awful. So becareful what you order.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2013

Very bad experience food cold, no taste, put dated plating, stale bread. No service. Would not recommend. If you like very cheap tasting banquet food at expensive prices the you will love this place.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on March 15, 2013

food was good. prices are reasonable.

service was spotty - courses were not timed well and some people got food while others waited.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 14, 2013

Very disappointed. Went on Valentines Day and even though they have a fabulous banquet meal, the dinner we experienced was very disappointing. The staff working were very, young and not to mention inexperienced. Waitor did not know the menu or the specials and could not even explain them after he went and asked someone. I probably will not have dinner there again unless its an event.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch
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