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Villa Romanza - Route 130 South

Gwendolen Dec 16, 2010 05:16 AM

Went past the old Giovi's/Route 130 (Yardville) site which is now Villa Romanza and saw that they are open.

Would be interested on hearing reviews if/when any CHs dine there.

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    angelsmom Jan 12, 2013 12:46 PM

    Has anyone eaten here recently? I understand they have a new manager.

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      realfood11 Apr 3, 2011 06:39 PM

      My family and I (4) went here for my mother's birthday. We started off at the table and was greeted with an incorrect question. Instead of asking how we were, our under trained server asked us what drinks we would have. The App we started off with was Calimari, which was tender, but not crispy. Our salads were nothing special, just the same old greens on a plate, tomato, red onion with dressing. "Tuscan" Vegetable Soup was great! Entrees were just ok, to say the least. The plates were wayyy to big to fit on our table of four. Plating wasn't creative at all. Portions were large but kind of sloppy, and in particular the Mushroom Risotto sucked. Risotto works best with canaroli, short grain rice. I'm not sure what they used, but it could have been seasoned alot better. It Made me wonder if any of the cooks actually even tasted my food before serving to adjust seasoning. Finally, Dessert was mediocre.. I believe they order there pastries from another company which is great, but they could have done up the plate a little better, maybe some fruit or ice cream. Just a piece of cake with a pineapple syrup? The Tiramisu was great, a little small but delicious. Overall, our experience was about a 3 (from 1-10). The service and food both could have been a lot better due to many reasons.

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      1. re: realfood11
        Heatherb Apr 3, 2011 07:25 PM

        I've noticed this trend at Italian restaurants lately where they have these HUGE plates. It's really awkward, not to mention making me feel a bit like a pig at a trough.

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        joemason Mar 28, 2011 05:50 AM

        Ate there last night with a group. Nothing inside was changed from when it was a Sushi Restaurant except for some pictures on the walls.
        The PDF menu that comes up when you search for this restaurant, the prices are not correct. NOT EVEN CLOSE. Guessing, not for this restaurant.
        The food was, just fair. Nothing special for the price. You do get more than what you can eat but, I would prefer quailty, than a large quantity of mediocre food. Not one person in the party said they would come back.
        Our waitress was new, made some omissions because she was trying to hurry but, she'll be ok in time.
        The owner made the rounds and spoke to every table. He was very friendly.
        But, as far as the food is concerned, it's just OK.

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          TomDel Mar 28, 2011 11:23 AM

          I don’t think a lot of restaurants realize it but posting prices on a website is the same as putting them in an advertisement in the newspaper. If they actually charge a higher price, it’s false advertising and a “bait and switch” scheme. I’d mention it to the manager and if he wouldn’t honor the website price, I’d file a complaint with the NJ Better Business Bureau https://odr.bbb.org/odrweb/public/getstarted.aspx and the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs http://www.nj.gov/oag/ca/complaint/oc... . You may not get your money back or a refund for the difference in prices but at least you’ll get a little “payback” satisfaction.

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          buybee018 Feb 28, 2011 08:53 AM

          Well, I live 2 minutes away, and have eaten at the site through all thchanges..Giovi's, etc.....been to weddings, banquest, etc,,,,,,even knew the last owners.....
          Well, after driving by nightly on my way home from work, the place i uually packed, a is a new place most of the time anyway. Then I asked around, know alot of the wait /kitchen staff that relocated from other local eateries, and we had to try it out for ourselves. Here goes:

          1. On arrival, place looks almot the same as the previous owners (they did alot of work on the place)
          2. They have 2 entrances, hostes i only at one....
          3. The tables are wAY TOO NUMEROUS..(TAKE A FEW OUT!.....the poor wait taff ha abolutely no room to move around and serve and cleanup.
          4. OK...portions are good, but why such HUGE platter sized dishes? And why huge square plates on a small round table? They don'T fit!!!! We were three....no room for our plates!!! Please stick to oversized portions on regular sized plates.....they make these PLATTERS in normal dish sizes too!
          5. Well..food arrived....was OK..not really impressed that much.....we waited 30 minutes for clearing from dinner and coffee because our poor waiter could NOT get around to us!
          6. ADVICE: less tables, more organiation when you enter, smaller NORMAL sized plates, and more weekly specials.....everything had roasted peppers and shitake mushrooms in a demi-glaze.....more variety would be apprecialted.....

          Rating out of 10??? A 5......and I know people who work there!

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            Heatherb Feb 11, 2011 07:25 AM

            I'm finding the number of first-time posters on this thread interesting.

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              robbinsville Feb 11, 2011 07:13 AM

              Had a long wait for a table. Server got one of the orders wrong. Oh, well.

              Just what this area needs, another Italian restaurant.

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                Tony C Jan 23, 2011 10:42 AM

                'Went there last friday.........place was packed............had reservations........had to wait around 20 minutes for our table... not bad.........hostess kept us informed about the lenght of the wait........first impressions.............place has good vibes..... drinks were a nice pour............owner came around a couple of times............chatted............seemed sincere........food was good........portions huge.........i had penne with shrimp & brocolli...........good......better the next day........my friend Joe G. had fried veal cuttlets.....excellent.............his wife had a chicken dish.......also good...........only disappointment was wifey's dish.....she ordered wrong ............appy were good..........I hope the owner is reading this...........the cons are as follows: on busy night........most likely friday and saturday......you need 3 bartenders........one simply to handle the dinning room.orders...........the night we were there we waited a long time for drinks at the bar and while dinning.........i just about finished my dinner before my wine arrived.........second................hire a few more waitresses and busboys to clean and turn over tables............Third...............the food is good here..............but you need to upgrade your dessert selection.........the dessert menus are tacky............better desserts made in house or from a better supplier would be a nice way to end the meal...........i will definitley go again...........you need to take care of the rough edges....also i would be nice if you could sit at the bar and have a sandwich & fries.......say after going to the movies.........FYI ..............you are definitley better than Padrino's.........Villa Manino and Mama Rosa's.........

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                  Heatherb Dec 21, 2010 11:13 AM

                  Just had lunch there today with my rather crotchety father. I will say first off that I will likely go back because I liked what I had today and think they may be on to something. A couple of things to note though: 1) The menu is kinda small given the kind of Italian places I'm used to (see Padrino's jam-packed menu). But then that also means they don't try to do everything and probably do a good job on the dishes they do serve - and I'm definitely coming back to give their vegetarian lasagna a try. 2) The bar has Yuengling and Blue Moon on tap, so I am happy. I don't think they have Guinness on tap, so I'm not over the moon, but those are just personal preferences. 3) They appear to be doing a "soft opening" to avoid massive crowds.

                  We started off with bread and garlic knots (complimentary) - both were good quality. My Pollo Zingara featured two nice breasts of chicken and angel hair pasta with mushrooms, capers, kalamata olives, and artichokes in a tomato/wine sauce. It was good but, between the capers and olives, a little too briney for my taste. But it was well executed, and I'll be back to try other dishes. The portions, btw, were HUGE.

                  But I'm not terribly optimistic about their odds. The main benefit is that it's got a bar and it's not overpriced like Spigola. If they're lucky, that will be enough to differentiate them from the raft of other above-average Italian places in the area. I put it with Padrino's, Villa Barone, La Piazza and the recently closed Leonardo's in terms of quality. I'd throw Mamma Rosa's (a favorite of mine) into the mix, but it just seems like a different type of place entirely....

                  Anyway, that's my initial vibe.

                  Mamma Rosa's Restaurant
                  572 Klockner Rd, Trenton, NJ 08619

                  La Piazza
                  150 7th St, Clifton, NJ 07011

                  Villa Barone
                  38 Robbinsville Allentown Rd Ste C, Trenton, NJ 08691

                  US Highway 130 Klockner Rd N, Trenton, NJ 08610

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                  1. re: Heatherb
                    Gwendolen Dec 21, 2010 05:27 PM

                    Thanks Heatherb! DH and I will try this place soon. I like having a smaller selection provided the dishes are executed extremely well.

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                      fridayfun Jan 8, 2011 05:53 AM

                      Based on above reviews hubby and I went there last night, Friday to dine. Walked in and the place was packed we were excited. A promised 15 minute wait turned into 5, again excited. Server was friendly and attentive which was the only good thing of the evening. The other diners around us apparently were waiting quite some time for their food because the manager spoke to all of them explaining that everything is cooked "fresh" hence the delay. We asked where the chef was from and were told one of the other restaurants that they own. (so he wasn't new to this) Anyway, the table next to us after a long wait got their dinners and one was incorrect. We timed out dinners and it took 25 minutes to receive, not bad but one was incorrect. The manager felt that it was the servers fault but I know it was not since I pointed specifically to the item I wanted on the menu since it had grapes next to it and I wanted to know what they stood for. (I was told it was the chef's specialty) The dish I had had a pile of pasta, five shrimp, and frozen brocollii all with no flavor. My husband got the chilean sea bass and it was mushy and the entire dish was undercooked. I told the manager I wanted to try their broccoli rabe which is why I picked that particular entree. He brought me a dish of broccoli rabe and said it was a fresh batch that they just blanched. It was cold, bitter and seasoned with celery salt. We asked our waitress to sneak it to the garbage so as not to insult anyone. The other dinners around us were equally dissatisfied. We won't be returning.

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                        joanb Feb 8, 2011 03:38 PM

                        I couldn't agree with your review more. Based on the fact that the place is mobbed, my husband, sister and I went last night. I had crab cakes with lobster ravioli. There was way too much sauce, and the sauce was too smokey. There was no taste of lobster in the ravioli, and the crab cake coating was too thick and hard. Hubby and sister had pappardelle with lobster, and it was tasteless. The last thing I would call this place is authentically Italian. I think they may be creating crowds because of huge portions. We definitely will not be back and are advising people to pass. There are far better Italian restaurants in the Hamilton area.

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                    robertlew Dec 17, 2010 10:40 AM

                    I am not related to anyone of the people running the place, I do not own stock, did not lend money, do not get invited to the owners homes, etc. I have been a regular patron at Femmin's in Medford but livng in Hamilton will make my commute to dinner much quicker. The wait staff sat us down and they brought us bread. I nice tasting Italian bread (it was not warm though) along with a dish of very tasty garlic knots. They have a full bar. My wife ordered the hot app. It had calamari, crab cakes, clams casino, eggplant, stuffed mushrooms and a few other things I can not remember and served with a side of marinara sauce. I do not eat seafood so I passed on it but they said it was real good. Now for the dinner. I had the Chicken Scaperello. It was 3 chicken breasts with capallini pasta. The light wine sauce has sausage, mushrooms, green pepper, onion and potato. Very good, it was aways been my favorite. My wife had the mushroom risotto, made with 3 kinds of mushrooms and a brandy creme sauce. My father in law had the pasta primavera which he said was very good but since I am not into brocolli I passed on it. We also had the Rigatoni Bolognese. Thick meat sauce that they make with beef and I think pork or maybe veal. It was a great gravy . Had the Hungarian mushroom soup (light thin broth not that creamy) full of musrooms. We also had the pasta fagioli soup which is very thick, more like a soup.
                    The decor seems to be pretty much what it was when it was the Rt130 grill. Light colored walls. There are 2 large dining rooms, one on the left sems to be the main room and it is next to the bar. The bar is pretty large and has 4 flat screen TV sets hanging from the center. The room to the right looks like it has partitions so they can make it into separate rooms for parties or what. I think it is a good new eating place in the Hamilton area. The prices are very reasonable. The chicken dishes are all about 14.95 while veal is 16.95. The portions are huge. As I said earlier the chicken dishes come with 3 breasts. It is a place that you take home half your meal. The nice thing about this place is that sure there are a number of Itailian 'restaurants" in the area but most ( not all of course) of them are really glorified pizzarias that serve meals. This is a nice athmosphere. As for the website, I googled the name and there is a website that said was under construction as www.villaromanzanj.com

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                    1. re: robertlew
                      yCf Dec 21, 2010 04:54 AM

                      Hi there, people are questioning your first post because there are quite a few "one post wonders" on this board in which a poster makes a single post heaping a ridiculous amount of praise on a certain restaurant and never make another post again. This is why people thought you are related to the restaurant.

                      Since you followed up your first post, it makes your review a lot more valid.

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                      robertlew Dec 16, 2010 10:52 AM

                      Went there the other night for grand opening and it was great. The family owns 2 others in Medford:, Femmina Italian Grill and Tarentellas. The food is very good, reasonable price and large portions. It is a REAL Italian place, not like most of the places in the area that are really glorified pizza joints that they happen to serve pasta, chicken etc. almost as an afterthought.

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                        njfoodies Dec 16, 2010 11:02 AM

                        Like I said in the other post, what is the interior like? Do they have a bar? Anyone have a website for them? I can't seem to find anything. We've been to their restaurants in Medford several times, and will check this one out, but I think Coltello in Crosswicks is hard to beat. Look forward to trying this place. -mJ

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                          TomDel Dec 16, 2010 08:19 PM

                          Hmm. You've only commented on this restaurant and didn't review a specific meal. You wouldn't be a friend or relative, would you?

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                            njfoodies Dec 17, 2010 06:13 AM

                            Exactly what I was thinking, but I didn't want to say it! ;-)

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                              mschow Dec 17, 2010 06:25 AM

                              Me three!!

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