It's been a few years since we last ate at The Villa; it used to be a great restaurant, then became a disappointing one, and is now back to being good again, under new management. We dined on an evening packed with high school kids celebrating homecoming and had to accept seats at the bar. It turned into a great choice. We chatted with the hostess, chatted with our knowledgeable barkeep, and chatted with one of the owners. All were friendly, helpful, and attentive. We started with a calamari appetizer and were surprised to find it was more a salad than a traditional calamari appetizer, but we quickly cleaned the plate savoring every delicious bite. The Osso Buco had wonderful layers of flavor and I was offered bread to sop up the sauce; it would have been nice to have had bread offered at the beginning of the meal. My wife's chicken piccata was served over pasta and there was enough to take an ample portion home for a tasty lunch. The wine selection was satisfactory for a restaurant this size and affordable. We were disappointed that the dessert menu was very limited and a bit odd -- what Italian restaurant offers Key Lime Pie but not Tiramisu? That was almost worthy of a downgrade, but we enjoyed the evening so much that we think it deserves a solid recommendation.
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