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“Slapped in the face at the door by an angry sign” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Villa Roma

Villa Roma
278 Route 28, West Harwich, Harwich, MA 02671-1226
508-432-6868
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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“Slapped in the face at the door by an angry sign”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2011

We had heard that Villa Roma had good food, but were stopped in our tracks as we approached the entrance by a HUGE sign that declares children are "welcome" but essentially will not be served. Apparently, this establishment is designed to cater to people looking for an "adult experience" (which put me in mind of a strip club!) and therefore the restaurant does not offer a children's menu, children's portions, or the chance to share a portion. And there's "NO PIZZA" (as if there had been some kind of stampede of rabid children screaming for pizza recently). I half expected this extremely wordy sign (and did I mention large?) to go on to declare that all children would be hung by their collars on pegs at the door and could be picked up again as their parents exited. What a terrible marketing strategy! What service-oriented business would greet every customer with a boldface list of all the things they WON'T do? As we have three (well-behaved) children, we chose not to patronize this establishment, as it was clear we would not be treated well there. If you find yourself in a similar position, drive a few minutes down the road to Ember, the coal-fired pizza restaurant in the center of Harwichport, and enjoy not only excellent food, but a hip atmosphere and friendly staff.

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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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“Delicious food and an intimate, friendly setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2010

A surprisingly extensive menu for a small restaurant, with everything from comfort food to serving combinations any foodie could love. The service is lovely.

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Needham, Massachusetts
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“My wife and two kids often visit Villa Roma to enjoy the best Italian food that we know of on the Cape. I like the...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2010

My wife and two kids often visit Villa Roma to enjoy the best Italian food that we know of on the Cape. I like the Chicken Cacciatore served with rustic bread. There is one American waitress from the area, the other waitresses, all very nice, are from Russia and other Slavic countries here on work visas. There English is weak but they are very helpful.

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Leverett, MA
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“Quite Good Italian Food; Pleasant Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2009

We have eaten at Villa Roma several times over the past two years. There is a nice consistency about the place. I will get to the food in a minute. The restaurant is in an older building, almost touching route 28 in Harwich. We passed it many times over the years and did not ever give it a second thought. It does not look all that attractive on the pass-by. But we gave it a try and have kept going back. The place does not take reservations so be prepared to wait, especially on weekends or in the summer tourist season. There is a small bar, with limited bar seating. The waiting area is very small, at the edge of the bar area, but separate from the restaurant - which itself is in two rooms of the restaurant. Each room will hold roughly 25 people.

The menu is adequate, not extensive, and has many of the standard Italian dishes that one might expect. A warm little loaf of bread comes with dinner as does a little dish of marinated mushrooms and olives with some sort of spread for the bread. The wine list is very reasonable and wine by the glass is available. The menu has about five appetizers plus soup and salad and then about a dozen main courses. The prices are a bit lower than one might expect for such a nice place. The House Salad was crisp, cold, and pleasant. Chicken picatta was ordered, and was served with pasta in a thin slightly lemon sauce (less lemon than I like) with lots of capers (which I like lots of). A Chatham haddock was ordered and came lightly breaded with a side of red-sauced pasta. The haddock was tasty, but just a bit drier and perhaps a bit overcooked for our taste. In the past I have had the chicken marsala more than once and it was always excellent. If you are in the restaurant and have someone with you who does not want Italian, a New York sirloin is usually available.

Service was excellent as it always has been in the past. We will go back again and again. This is a fine restaurant in the absolute sense, and a really excellent place for the price. You come away satisfied that you have had a fine meal and not been ripped off in the process.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Holmdel, New Jersey
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“Great Food!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2009

Just returned from the Cape and ended up eatting at Villa Roma 2 out of my 5 nights there. The food is great, the service is good!! It is a small charming place, get there early so you dont have to wait as there are only about 20 tables if that. Really enjoyed our meals here!

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