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“Best Restaurant I've ever eaten at!!!”
Review of Villa Italia

Villa Italia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best Restaurant I've ever eaten at!!!”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

I have ate at many restaurants around North America including some of the best restaurants in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Montreal, and Toronto. This restaurant is by far the best. The food is amazing, the service was exceptional and the atmosphere was perfect. Put this restaurant on your "must do list" if you are travelling near Playas Del Coco. Enjoy...

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Bernard S
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English first
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“This place deserves #1!!!!”
Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Been to Italy and this place really does mimic the beautiful atmosphere, charming service and most important, exceptional flavor and quality pasta! I loved everything about this place. Don't wait, make a reservation and get in so you can know why this place is #1, you won't be disappointed!!!

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Thank Mzazz
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Portland, Oregon, United States
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Italy in Costa Rica?”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Yep, we found the most perfect Italian restaurant on a side street in coco beach that could have been from Rome itself...traditional service, impeccable food and wine all for 6 tables. Hard to believe food and service this good is tucked away here but it is. Outstanding Italian food!

Visited December 2012
Thank Michael C
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Terrible service. Remote location.”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

Owner (spoke no english, yet seems to be in charge of taking reservations) took our reservation for 9. When we showed up 10 minutes early he said he got "confused" and gave our table to someone else.

I can partially overlook the confusion although we made the reservation in person 90 minutes earlier and there are only 5 tables in the place.

What was most disappointing was he made no attempt to address the issue. He felt that by telling me he was confused I would be fine taking 4 adults and 5 kids to some "other" place to find somewhere to eat on a saturday night. Even though there were 2 empty tables that could have been brought together he refused and said we couldn't get served until much later. What made me write this review was his statement that this was not his problem and him walking away while we spoke to him.

Net net I'll never know how good the food is because poor service makes sure I will never attempt to go there again.

4 Thank Ramius11
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villaitalia_cr, Proprietario at Villa Italia, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Google Translation
Rispondo direttamente io propietario,direttore e cameriere del mio ristorante, ho imparato che in questo lavoro come in tanti altri,non si risponde mai ad un cliente, in quanto tale per me' molto importante. Lo faccio in questo caso perche' non mi piace essere accusato per cose che non mi sono permesso di fare. Il signore che scrive questa recensione non si rende forse conto che il motivo per il quale non ha cenato nel mio ristorante,non `stato per incomprensione, ma' per il suo comportamento arrogante e maleducato,fra le altre cose tendo a precisare che la figlia piccola intervenuta per l'accaduto si e' scusata dell'atteggiamento del padre che,con fare minaccioso,pretendeva a tutti i costi di voler mangiare in quello stesso istante,mentre la sala era completamente riservata.Inoltre vorrei aggiungere che sono italiano e per imparare lo spagnolo mi ci `voluto qualche tempo, mentre il mio inglese e' pessimo e mai mi permetterei di trattare male una persona perche' non parla la mia lingua soprattutto in un paese che non `il mio. Pertanto chiudo cosi' questo spiacevole episodio che in 7 anni di ristorazione e vita in Costa Rica,non mi era mai capitato.
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Camas, Washington, United States
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“unexpected traditional and intimate”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

have never had better gnocci- the couple that owns and operates this romantic little place could not have done it better- a wonderful and special eatery that offers food and drink right from italy- perfect for an intimate evening-you wont want to leave..

Visited December 2012
1 Thank Sharon E
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