Villa Toscana - maintaining standards

Back in the days when Brockley Central's occasional restaurant critic used to bestow purple prose on anything and everything he'd have probably found a way to wax lyrical about Villa Toscana. Certainly it was hard to shut him up when he first went to Le Querce three or four years ago. Older, though, and perhaps wiser - certainly lazier - he doesn't propose to dwell at length on Villa Toscana's charms.

Fortunately, everything you need to know about Villa Toscana can be summed up in two words: "Italian restaurant". And there's nothing wrong with that.

Sure the light's a bit harsh, some of the meat spent a little too long in the pan and the entryway is just weird, but the flavours were very good, the service totally charming and the portions huge.

In short, it's a solid standard Italian restaurant, very like La Lanterna was before it (although without the pizza). And it's good to have it on the strip.


On Tenterhooks said...

I keep checking back for the honest fare anon's comment, but....nothing.

Anonymous said...

What NO PIZZA!!!

How can you have an Italian restaurant with no pizza!!!???

Egon said...

Erm.... Quiet a few don't have pizza.

Anonymous said...

Dominic's does

Ben H said...

Pizza isn't very nice in Italy anyway.

Tamsin said...

How can you have an Italian restaurant with no pizza!!!???

Possibly because to do pizza really well you need a wood fired oven and to do almost nothing but pizza.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they are trying to keep out the plebs?

Richard Carter-Hounslow said...

I've been in here once and I won't be returning.  I was really up for having an Italian restaurant back in Brockley after frequenting La Laterna on various occasions over the years, but here is a little summary of our one trip to the place.

Decor:  Okay.  Nice overall but let down by having a traffic cone in the entrance way and a weird table and a TV on the wall.  Why do you have a TV in a restaurant?

Service:  Not good.  Considering they had a couple of waiting staff and only a couple of other tables in, took 15 minutes to have a drink in front of us.

Food:  Bit tricky as what I had (Sea Bass) reasonably good actually, and my friend's veal was nice.   However, our other friend was not so lucky.   Ordered Spinach and Ricotta ravioli, which you would think is a safe choice.  She took one mouthful and spat it out, as it contained mushrooms (not on the menu).   When questioned the waiter actually said "The chef thought he'd do something slightly different" and that they didn't actually have spinach and ricotta ravioli.  So she ordered the veal, which came 25 minutes later (after we had finished) without any spinach (took 10 minutes to wilt the spinach) and tasted awful, even the chef admitted that and said that it was a bad cut. 

They claim it was the first complaint they had within two months of being open.  I have to say, I find that very difficult to believe.

And they don't do Pizza.  What's that about?

Fluffy said...

I've eaten here a couple of times and really enjoyed the food. Big portions of good food - excellent. The service is great and the owner and his wife are friendly and interested in feedback. This is a good Italian restaurant (not a pizzeria!) and well worth a visit.

pdhan said...

They do pizzas now, but they are very average. My girlfriend's tortellini was overly salty too so not a great culinary experience overall. Reasonable prices though and they did throw in a free tiramisu at the end as we'd had to wait quite a while for the mains.

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