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“Extraordinary Italian food in a fun atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Villa Romana

Villa Romana
707 South Kings Hwy 7 Business (between 7th and 8th Ave South), Myrtle Beach, SC 29577-4413
843 448 4990
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Ranked #4 of 761 Restaurants in Myrtle Beach
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Extraordinary Italian food in a fun atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

I ordered the lasagna, a most unusual dish in that it is filled with cheeses, ham, and hard-boiled eggs. It is exquisite! Villa Romana makes its own pasta using important semolina flour. They make several different types of red sauce in their kitchen. Rinaldo, the owner, is always there working and cooking and making diners feel at home. The place has the atmosphere of an Italian wedding. Everyone is happy. The strolling accordionist is a world-class musician and great comedian. Children love him. Go, eat, have fun!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Atlanta, Georgia
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13 restaurant reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Amazing Dining Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

The ambiance, the staff, and the food were all amazing. I had the the Canneloni di Carne. It was very good. She had the special, the Pork Ossobucco which was phenomenal! The desserts were absolutely stupendous! If your are in the area and enjoy REAL Italian food this is a must stop. You won't be disappointed.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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“Can't believe we've missed this gem all these years!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

They had a customer appreciation special, so decided we, 2 couples, would try it. From the outside, it doesn't really stand out like the chain restaurants in Myrtle, but the food does. We started off with bruschetta and then the appetizer on special which was the cold one of salami, calamata olives, monzarella and provolone cheeses and artichoke hearts. I told our waiter, James (who was fantastic) that I was allergic to artichokes, so they substituted a pickled white bean, which was fine. We then had a cup of stracciatella soup, which is with chicken and a very nicely dressed salad. We each got to chose our own entrees, which we figured would be a smaller portion since this was a special - 2 - 5 course dinners for $32.00, total, not each! but if they were, you will never be able to eat a regular portion! I got the stuffed flounder in white wine, fabulous, my friends got the Chicken Parmigiana and shrimp fettuccino alfredo (said it was some of the best he had every eaten and she took home a big box). The only complaint was from my husband who got the veal Scapolpine Ripiene which he said had too heavy a breading. Yes, we will be going back!. I saw another review that said they felt like they were not treated as well because they had a coupon. This was not our experience. James was a fantastic waiter and the chef came out to each table and ask how dinner was. Will do our rating on the regular priced menu rather than the special, plus it was 35 degrees, so not sure if they have outside seating. We did sit by a window in a nice alcove, but the view is of the street.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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“Stick with Italian-American Classics...Coupon bearers beware!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

While we do plan on returning because the "gravy" was good, becasue we loved the atmosphere including the accordion player and Roman statuary, and most importantly because the proprietor and his hostess wife were very nice--the waitstaff and kitchen appear to be discriminating against coupon users. Our first disappointing visit was prompted by a newspaper "two for $32" five-course season's reopening deal. The waiter was kind of snarky when we presented coupon - first declaring it expired and then telling us not good on Saturdays when reality was that it was still valid and a Fri-Sat only coupon. He interrupted service to check on validity of coupon and made a point of telling us loudly what was excluded (but not included) in the deal. I feel that we were mistreated by the waiter and the kitchen due to our using the coupon - the soup course was a tiny cup of cloudy beef broth--think it was supposed to be minestrone or pasta fagiole but nothing was floating in it at all. we both ordered veal dishes--marsala and saltimbocca. The meat--not sure it was veal--was barely 2 ounce serving, was grossly overcooked. The veal sauces lacked fat and meat stock and were overly sour and winey. The gray-colored marsala was served with tin-flavored canned mushrooms while the saltimbocca had a watery white wine sauce and was served with about one tablespoon of ho-hum frozen mixed veggies on the side. The spaghetti side was barely 2 forkfuls of cold, mushy pasta. Meanwhile, we watched neighboring tables receive humungous portions of Italian-American Classics - like chicken parmigiana - with giant servings of steaming pasta. There were highlights: like the complimentary bread rolls, homebaked, with red dipping sauce - their tomato sauce is fantastic! The salad had a nice mix of greens and homemade vinagrette. The capuccino was the best I've had since a long ago trip to Rome. Finally, the mini-cannolli were greatly enjoyed - lemony flavored which was refreshingly different. So, next time, we will probably stick with a pasta classic as an entree; would skip any more premium meat entrees which were overpriced anyway. While Villa Romana is your friendly, kitschy Italian-American Restaurant, they should not issue coupons unless they plan to treat coupon users as they do regular patrons.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Kernersville, NC
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“What more can be said about this great restaurant?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

From the moment we sat down through the moment we left, this was an outstanding experience at Villa Romana. Our server was friendly and attentive, and once you are seated, the food just keeps coming! Delicious bruschetta, followed by soup (the weakest link, but still tasty), salad with tangy dressing, and then your entree.

My wife got shrimp parmigiana, which she proclaimed excellent (I tasted, and agree). I had stuffed flounder in a white wine sauce. Wow. And all non-pasta entrees come with a side of spaghetti. We were too full to even countenance dessert.

As I'm sure has been mentioned by other reviewers, the atmosphere at VR is enhanced by live accordion music that establishes a wonderful mood. And if all this isn't enough, you can usually find a coupon in one of the many discount books around town. Seriously, if you can have only one meal in Myrtle Beach, it should be at Villa Romana.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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