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“Great Neighborhood Italian”

Bob Mele's Little Villa Restaurant and Pizzaria
Ranked #48 of 184 Restaurants in Des Plaines
Price range: US$5 - US$23
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Bob Mele's Little Villa Restaurant & Pizzeria in Des Plaines, has been making mouth-watering pizza and Italian foods since 1959. It is a family owned and operated restaurant that prides itself on providing delicious food in a comfortable atmosphere. The pizzas are made with only fresh ingredients, never frozen or canned. We make homemade pasta's such as Gnocchi, Fettuccine, Cavatelli topped with all homemade sauces.Our menu also includes Appetizers, House Specialties: Lasagna, Chicken Caccatore, Eggplant or Veal Parmigiana, BBQ ribs & More. Of course our Famous Homemade Tiramisu, Chocolate Chip Cookie Ala Mode or Brownie Ala Mode. We also have Gelato assorted flavors. Finish your meal with a delicious Cappuccino.
Des Plaines
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73 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great Neighborhood Italian”
Reviewed 28 January 2013

This place has been here for at least 30 years and their experience shows. Great menu, great pizza (thick and pan style). Personalized service and locally owned. Cozy bar area and family friendly dining room. Great daily specials not advertised but listed on the menu. Really worth your time to try it out!

Visited December 2012
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English first
Appleton, Wisconsin
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63 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Fantastic traditional Italian food”
Reviewed 9 October 2012

Consistently good food in friendly atmosphere. Used to live nearby, now I live in AZ, but we try to earn at Little Villa anytime we're in town. Good variety of food, friendly attentive staff. Bar area as well.

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank KarinWisc
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A great Italian casual restaurant.”
Reviewed 27 March 2012

The staff are friendly and helpful. The food is consistently very good. The pizza is the best around. There is a good variety of Italian dishes on the menu. We are never disappointed. Our favorite!!!!!

Visited March 2012
1 Thank Mary Lou Z
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60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
“Hit and Miss-”
Reviewed 29 August 2008

Ate here with some relatives. Food was inconsistant. Great bread and small relish tray. Good olive oil at table.Salad and soup was good. My chicken vesuvio was just ok. For vesuvio, did not have the flavor. Chicken risotto with artichokes was excellent. Pasta sauce was watered down.
Went another time with just my family and the previously excellent chicken risotto was greasy and not very good this time. Again, pasta with watery sauce. Everyone agreed the thin crust pizza was very good. We were seated in a very busy crowded room and felt the service was rushed and not great. This restaurant could be so much more.

1 Thank melody847
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Chicago, Illinois
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102 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great pizza! Great food!”
Reviewed 2 April 2008

This restaurant reminds you of a trip back in time where the service is quick & friendly and the food is great for a nice price. Even has a bar with the game on! The pizza is very very good, great Italian dishes too! yummy shrimp risotto! Here's a tip: check out their website, they usually have pizza coupons and sometimes dining room coupons. they also have a VIP Club to sign up for online to receive special email offers. a great place for families or couples. get there early, it fills up fast especially Saturday night.

1 Thank mpaine1985
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