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foodiemahoodie Jun 2, 2011 05:15 PM

They're now opened for lunch (opened yesterday).

It's pretty formal place. Kinda "Republican" in it's feel. But nevertheless quite pretty, very charming, elegant.

But on cursory inspection (one meal with a friend) the food is terrific. This could very well be one of the top Italian restaurants in the city. Likely in the top five.

And it's more interesting than the menu would suggest . The listings look at bitt standard, but the execution is anything but. Loved everything I had (the mussels, clams with housemade orchiette - which had a great chew to it, a Villetta "Cobb" which had guanciale in lieu of bacon).

Looking forward to going back.

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Villetta
246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

  1. Servorg Jun 2, 2011 05:55 PM

    Sounds like the folks behind Villetta achieved what Joe Pytka always hoped that Bastide would become, but never did.

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    Bastide Restaurant
    8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069

    Villetta
    246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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      maudies5 Jun 2, 2011 07:30 PM

      Lunch menu looks very nice. The menu and venue would make this a very appealing restaurant for lunch for a special event. Patio would be gorgeous for bridal shower. In fact, during the warm weather months, Villetta would be my choice for a special event lunch. A normal, every day lunch would be across the street at the Brentwood Country Mart. Special occasion lunch, definitely Villetta.

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      Villetta
      246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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        farmertomato Jun 3, 2011 12:36 AM

        I'll add to the kudos. We went a couple of weeks ago--no reservations avaiable, so we sat at the bar and had a wonderful time and a terrific meal. Salads were tops and the pizza is majestic.

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          foodiemahoodie Jun 3, 2011 12:48 AM

          The bar? There's a bar there? Where's the bar? In the front room? (that might the only one I didn't check out).

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            AAQjr Jun 3, 2011 10:44 AM

            The first room on the right, by the front patio. There are a couple tables in there, but it the bar area mostly.

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          lizziee Jun 4, 2011 08:35 AM

          We had made the decision from our first time at Villetta to just let Chef Pippa Calland devise a menu for us. We did just that and I can highly recommend that this is a perfect way to experience Villetta. Chef Calland prides herself on ingredient quality and seasonality. Letting her create your menu will insure that you get the “best of the best” from her stash of “goodies.” (As an aside, many many years ago when Michel Richard had Citrus, he used to have a special box of his ingredients that he was only allowed to use. We used to let him cook for us and what we got was from his box. Pippa and Villetta reminds us of Michel’s box)

          muse of white bean dip and parmesan chips

          Pizza with Squash Blossom, La Credenza Cheese, Pignoli, Chives and Jalapeno – great beginning. My husband continues to plan for his take-out pizza from Villetta.

          Copper River Salmon Crudo, Julienne of Cucumber, Chervil, Hot and Sweet Chili Sauce (One of the other servers, not Gabrielle, mentioned that it was Sriracha). A refreshing crudo that was somewhat reminiscent of a tartar.

          Roasted Marrow Bones with an Oxtail/Onion Marmalade topped with edible flowers, mixed greens served with Ciabatta – the last time that I had similar marrow bones was at St John’s in London – classic preparation executed perfectly.

          Jidori Chicken Livers, Frisee, Lardons of Pancetta (made in house), Dressing from Pancetta Reduction and Preserved Truffles from Piedmont and a Poached Farm Egg. The rich orange yolk is opened to seep on top of the frisee – this was one of my favorite dishes of the night – absolutely delicious

          Santa Barbara spot prawns a la plancha with garlic, lemon zest, crushed red pepper, Gigante beans – Pippa asked if we minded having this again – not in the least and as good as last time.

          gnolotti stuffed with veal and pork, butter and sage sauce – another winner

          ry aged bone-in strip steak “tagliata” with wild arugula, radishes, shaved parmesan

          Cadillac Ice Margarita – lime, Tequila, Grand Marnier – sort of a palate awakener.

          Mascarpone Cheesecake, Creme Anglais, Graham Cracker Crust (the graham crackers are made in house)

          San Vicente in Brentwood has become an Italian restaurant row scene. Villetta, the newest, is by far the best. This is a food and wine focused restaurant with a “real” chef running the kitchen and a dedicated and knowledgeable front of the house staff.

          Pics here%3

          http://lizziee.wordpress.com/2011/05/...

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          Villetta
          246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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            Servorg Jun 4, 2011 09:45 AM

            It all sounds (and looks) wonderful, lizziee. It's our next (up budget) dining destination. We went to Lukshon (I'll do a short post later about it) for the first time last night and I thought it was great (and a bargain too boot). What did your dinner run (without alcohol) if you don't mind telling?

            ps You might just take down that completely idiotic autolink of Mascarpone's in Orange that popped up while you are still within the 2 hour edit window...

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            Lukshon
            3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

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              lizziee Jun 4, 2011 10:24 AM

              Got rid of the links! It was a little over $100.

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                Servorg Jun 4, 2011 10:30 AM

                That seems like a true bargain price too. Gotta get to Villetta ASAP... Thanks for sharing.

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                Villetta
                246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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                  maudies5 Jun 4, 2011 11:43 AM

                  I assume that is $100 pp for food only?

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                    lizziee Jun 4, 2011 01:11 PM

                    Yes, food only. We bought some wine from their list and did BYO on the champagne.

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              lizziee Jun 8, 2011 07:56 AM

              Went to Villetta for a quick lunch - 2 perfect pizzas and enough left-over for the basketball game.

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              Villetta
              246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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