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“Really good Italian in Food Desert that is Hampstead” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Villa Bianca

Villa Bianca
Ranked #4,283 of 22,225 Restaurants in London
Price range: US$0 - US$118
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London, United Kingdom
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288 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Really good Italian in Food Desert that is Hampstead”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

Hampstead has a lot of restaurants..... that is the good news....Hampstead has a lot of bad restaurants........sad.

Unfortunately the restaurants are either poor, or chain restaurants. It seems always cloudy skies over Hampstead so there is no chance of spoting a Michelin Star. Strange isn't it in such a fashionable residential and visited area. Why? Unfathomable!

The long established Villa Bianca comes high on the admittedly short list of good restaurants in Hampstead.

It has been going for a long time (1988). Sited down a narrow street, Perrins Court, off Hampstead High Street it is a very popular local venue and serves very good Italian food in a friendly Italian atmosphere with efficient service. The decor is smart and, if you are an accountant and do not want to go completely over the top, it is certainly a place to take the girlfriend out for a special meal at not too expensive a cost.

The beef Carpaccio is the best outside of La Strada in Limberg (but who goes to Germany for an italian?) My special favourite is the veal with lemon and capers. Perfect but there is a wide menu to choose from. Don't expect innovation but you will get well cooked traditional Italian food.

The waiters sort of know their wines and for us recommended Sicilian or Sardinian wine depending on where they were born. Our party had a bottle of each and they were equally good.

Try to get a table downstairs but upstairs is OK and for that special occasion on a hot summers evening ask for the table on the balcony (even though you may be sitting next to an accountant.)

It is a good restaurant.

  • Visited June 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Italian food! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

Had a great lunch here, the food was excellent! The only downside to the experience was the bad service which was even rude.

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liverpool
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“One of my favourite restaurants”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

This is our local Italian, and we eat here a couple of times a month.

Food is fabulous, in a intimate setting. Saturday is lovely as they have someone playing the piano, which adds to the romantic atmosphere.

Maitre d is a charming guy, who welcomes everyone with a smile.

Don't be surprised to be sitting next to George Michael or Kate moss.

Only criticism- the staff used to wear perfect whites, but this had seemed to slip (still very smart though).

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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“Disappointing birthday celebration”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

Heard good things about this very established restaurant, but we found the service extremely slow and awkward
The waiter recommended an extremely expensive bottle of wine (£500) and fortunately my husband had the sense to check the price before ordering

One of the starters was wrong and then came long after the other members of the party had received and eaten their starters

The main course was very nice but the overall service let the whole experience down

Not one of our best experiences , wouldn't rush back!!!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank caroline509
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surrey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“the perfect family mid week lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014

great food and service for older clientele. had fabulous relaxing lunch and the staff are brilliant.

  • Visited March 2014
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