Over the last several years my wife and I have tried several restaurants in this region of the Cape but not this one. We decided to give it a try because of the good reviews on TA.
With another couple we arrived at Villa Roma about 6:30 on a weekday. As soon as we opened the door we were hit with a wall of noise – the entrance area was packed with people talking, clearly having a good time. The hostess told us that we would have to wait 25 – 30 minutes for a table and she suggested that we get drinks and take them outside to some chairs and tables at the front of the building. This area was for waiting and having drinks; no food was served there.
The waiting area is about 10 yards away from Route 28, a main road but there is a line of tall, dense hedges between the two. The passing vehicles were not a concern nor a distraction. It was a pleasant way to wait for our table.
About 50 minutes later we returned inside to ask about our table. We were told that a group was preparing to leave and, once the table had been cleaned and set up, we would be seated. That took another 10 minutes.
When our waitress came over we asked if it was busy like this every night. She told us that she didn’t know, that this was her first night at Villa Roma and she was filling in for a friend who was supposed to work that night. Our waitress told us that usually she worked at the Chatham Squire and if we wanted to see busy we should go there. When she left with our order, we agreed that there was something different about her speaking. She was speaking to us with words and tone as if we were preschool children and she was the teacher. This was confirmed when she came to take our meal order. She listed the available salad dressing options once or twice. When she asked for my order I included the salad dressing before she could ask. She complemented me in her teacher voice “Oh, good listening.” Later we had to ask for bread. She put it on the table as if she were giving us a reward. We weren’t sure if we should be offended by her or amused. We decided to be amused. Each time she would return to the table and say something or ask a question, we looked at each other and smiled.
A short part of this review, and the most important, is about the food. These are the meals we ordered: Chicken Marsala, Bolognese, Sausage and Peppers, and Eggplant Parmesan. We all felt the same way: the food was excellent.
We will return to Villa Roma but, next time, we will call ahead for a reservation. In spite of the amusement our waitress provided, I’d rather have a different one.
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