This enormously popular Italian restaurant is a haven for families with young children, (colouring books provided), couples and individual diners ... More
This enormously popular Italian restaurant is a haven for families with young children, (colouring books provided), couples and individual diners alike. The decor is Italian-villa-ish and all the expected staples are here - good garlic bread, pizza, pasta dishes and devilish deserts. Expect to pay between £10 and £12 for a two-course meal without wine, though this Villa is fully licensed so you can indulge in the juice of Bacchus if you wish. A busy, buzzing, no-fuss restaurant, perfectly located in the university area for an after-dinner stroll, drink, dance - whatever takes your fancy.
Mumamia this restaurant really floats my boat and speaking as a RNR former Able Seaman and boyfriend of a former merchant seaman I know my vessels luv. Can't fault this restaurant. Loved the waiters, loved the food and the free colouring books were the icing on the cake.
By the way I am the food critic for the Independent Gay Diner
We had booked a table for a party of 9 for a special birthday... 9pm was the delagated time as we couldnt get the 8pm we had wanted which we were okay with. We arrived promptly on time and waited in the upstairs bar with the menu, we waited 40MINS to be seated and then a further 20MINS until all the orders were taken. Our waiter for the evening i have to say was very efficent friendly and an absolute delight! My starter was the mussels which consisted of 5 mussels designed on a plate for £4.75, found it over priced and poor value. Although others had very good starters eg the goats cheese which was humungous and extremely tasty! My main was just ok and my partner required an extra set of potatoes along with the ones that came with the meal to fill him up. Due to the lateness of the whole evening we were leaving the establishment around 11.30pm which to be honest was beyond a time we felt reasonable to be thinking of enjoying the rest of the night properly as we had pre booked a taxi for 12.30am to take us all home. I think this ruined our special family occasion and i went home and had a sandwich. Unfortunately i have to say i will not be having another meal here.
Went here with my boyfriend for a birthday meal.We went on a Sunday around 6pm and the place was packed! Only had to wait a few minutes for a table and the service was fast and efficient even though they were so busy.We had 3 courses each and a bottle of house white wine for £51.40 which I feel was fantastic value.The food was delicious,bursting with flavour and the portion sizes were just right.The waiters didn't hound you but were around if you needed anything.I don't have any complaints about this restaurant and we'll definately be going back there!
Am now officially a Villa Italia regular after been introduced to the place about 12 months ago by a friend.
I must say the mussles in garlic and breadcrumbs starter is possibly the nicest food i have ever eaten.
Why not try one of their home baked italian pizzas..beautiful
one negative point.moire staff needed
My Husband and i visited Belfast for the fourth time but had never eaten at the Villa Italia we decided to try there as we had been told by one of the Taxi drivers it was very popular.
The meal was fantastic as was the service well worth a visit.
this is really a home from home place the owner and staff never fail to welcome myself and husband. we have taken friends and they have all returned again.if you can not go to italy go here. food is excellent great ambiance, reasonable prices no hidden charges. definately our favourite restaurant in belfast. the salmon is superb. regulars belfast.
We came here on Sunday evening (myself & Fiance)having previously visited before and decided the poor service that time was a once off.
There were too many customers for the number of staff on and we found it very difficult to wave any down, children were allowed to run riot around the place and the food was not what we expected. I ordered the Steak which was very dry and my fiance's pasta was tasteless. there was no room on the table for side orders. Simply wont be back.
i have been to villa italia a few times in the past and have found it ok - the last visit we made was for a relatives birthday and majority of group ordered mussels to start. When noticing that there were hardly any mussels in any of the shells we asked the waitress who had to be one of the obnoxious people i have ever met to see if they could be replaced. Eventually after we had to poke through one of the dishes to prove this, they were changed without as much of an apology from her and when clearing away spilt some of the plates over one of the group again without saying anything. The service was worse for the main courses were two other waiters appeared and practically dropped the plates on the table. I am not sure how they have been able to get away with such poor service which is a pity as restaurant is really nice and food in general is very tasty but wont be back after last experience
I believe Villa Italia to be the best restaurant In N.Ireland ! I have spent most of my life in catering and have travelled the world tasting many foods, I always look forward to coming home to that special, freshly cooked, mouth watering, fully tasted, Villa signatured meals.
The closest rival to this wonderful restaurant might be zio but still longer than oceans apart down to the shear excellence of food, quality, quantity and taste.
This restaurant has alot to offer if it was only for the food it would be great, but has a large seated are to cater for large parties but is also large enough to cater for the romantic meal. With three floors its never a tight squeeze, also two bars on two out of the three floors. Service is fast and efficient and your always greeted with a smile .
Highly highly recommend by myself and all my family, if you come to Belfast, N.Ireland and you don't go you've missed out!!
Although pricey, the food was very good. Had trouble with the service though.
The menu was quite varied. I recommend the chicken and the salads. I do not recommend the calzones - they were all bread - very little inside.
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