Tony Junior keeps an eye on everyday operations while Tony Senior mans the pizza oven and Mama Julia whips up everything else.Fifty-five years after opening Villa Romana, the Accardo family is still serving up traditional dishes from Naples and Palermo at their old school 9th & Irving pizzeria and traditional Italian restaurant. When you dine here, you’re in very good hands. Son Tony Junior keeps an eye on everyday operations while Tony Senior mans the pizza oven and Mama Julia whips up everything else.
We can’t think of one restaurant that doesn’t tout itself as being fresh and authentic, but at Villa Romana, the proof is on the counter in front of the pizza ovens where bowls of fragrant rosemary, shiny red tomatoes and crisp cilantro wait to be chopped. Beside the trio is a container of olive oil so big, there’s no doubt we’d put our back out if we tried to lift it. It’s decorated with the colors of the Italian flag and has 100% Italian printed on the front, and as if to re-iterate, below that is “imported from Italy.”
Every dish served here is made from scratch using many ingredients imported from Italy. The most popular dish since the restaurant’s opening is the Pizza Della Casa, topped with mozzarella, marinara sauce, mushrooms and salame. If Italy had a national pizza, this would most certainly be it. With the pizza oven prominently featured at the back of the restaurant, it’s a favorite dish of Villa Romana’s regulars, but it’s not the only thing on the menu. There’s cheese-filled tortellini nestled in a cream sauce, home made pasta with clams, mussels, prawns and calamari and tender veal filled with prosciutto and mozzarella.
The Accardo Family is a tight bunch, but when you dine at Villa Romana, you’ll be made to feel like an honorary member. Be sure to drop by the pizza oven in the back before you leave to give Tony Senior a thank you; or a grazie, just to maintain the authenticity.
Vongole O Cozze Al Vapore (for 2) – steamed clams or mussels in bordelaise or marinara sauce, $13
Tortellini Alia Carbonara – cheese-filled tortellini pasta w/ egg, cream & pancetta, $18
Petto Di Pollo Alla Piccata – chicken sautéed w/ lemon, butter & capers served w/ pasta & vegetables, $24
Pizza Della Casa – mozzarella, marinara sauce, mushrooms and salame, $16
Vitello Alla Scallopine – veal in mushroom, garlic & light tomato sauce, $29
Monday – Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday – Sunday, noon to 11 p.m.