We decided to try try la villa because we live close by and eat out a lot. The atmosphere was typical Italian restaurant. I like Sinatra, but seriously it's not 1963.
The server handed us our menus and asked if we wanted something to drink. I asked if they had a wine list, we were told it was being revised. I asked if they had a Shiraz. The reply was no, but they had a Pinot Grigio and a white zin. Fail. My wife hinted that we meant we wanted a red. I asked what else do you have? The reply was " a merlot, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chianti. Brand? Price? Fail.
The vegetable oil with garlic powder and dried herbs was described as "dipping sauce" and came with bread that turned to crouton like dryness seconds after it was removed from under its protective napkin.
We ordered from the early bird menu. We have learned to start slow our first time anywhere here at the beach. My wife chose chicken Marsala and house salad, and I chose rigatoni with vodka sauce and salad. We were told the salad dressing was made in house and "it's Italian". The salad was crisp and fresh, but apparently dressed before they washed the greens, because it had no flavor. More crouton bread. Fail.
Our plates arrived and i was amazed. My pasta was a full 10 inch oval plate with a generous portion of pasta. My wife received half a grilled chicken breast (i would guess 3-4 ounces) with 5 slices of white button mushrooms, swimming in a light brown watery sauce. Mind you we payed the same $7.95 for our meals. Fail.
After her first bite she said "try this, did they make it with pancake syrup?" Which, to be honest, is exactly what it tasted like. My wife loves Marsala anything and has had it dozens of times, never has it tasted like pancake syrup, or been watery thin.
My pasta was on the north side of al dente, but acceptable. The sauce was a thinned down alfredo with some tomato paste for color. Not vodka sauce. But edible, and good thing because my wife was starving after having only that little bit of chicken.
All during the meal our server would walk by and try to make small talk with us. I don't mind attentive service at all, but I had a dinner date and she and I were doing just fine with each other. To make matters worse our empty plates sat in front of us as she chatted away. Excusable in a busy place, but we were literally the only customers in the place.
All in all, for a place with menus written in italian and $12+ entrees I am stunned at just how badly it was executed. I left feeling like who ever owns and cooks here thinks I'm an idiot and just wants to take my money.
Fail on service for lack of knowledge and basic service rules. Big Fail on food. Fail on value. Pass on atmosphere