Tucked away off Roswell Road beside sushi staple Genki, Villa Vino has been serving up fresh Italian fare in style since their June 2009 opening.
I never met a pizza slice I didn’t like— from massive New York slices in Brooklyn to light Italian-style slices while overlooking the Adriatic Sea in Italy to Domino’s slices straight from the box while watching Project Runway—I’ve tried them all. And I was pleasantly surprised to find that Villa Vino has some of the best slices I’ve tasted.
They describe their pizza as New York Style, and while the slices are large, the crust is thin, delicious and just a little crispy around the edges—much like Italian-style. I’ve had the pizza from here several times, and it never disappoints. I’ve consistently had perfectly-cooked crust, gooey cheese and plentiful toppings, and the prices are reasonable.
Appetizers are reasonably priced at four bucks a pop. On a recent trip I tried the hummus. I suggest skipping this less-than flavorful spread and paying an extra three bucks for the garlic knots. Doughy balls with just the right amount of grease and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese and spices are the perfect starter at Villa Vino.
Salads are fresh and flavorful. I am Caesar-salad obsessed and the one here is great. It even comes with a slimy little anchovy on top. I haven’t tried any other salads but Villa Vino boasts about working with local farms and dairies for the freshest ingredients, so I’m sure they’d be tasty.
The Spedini (Italian kebabs) are huge, and at only four bucks a stick, they’d make a great starter for a large group. I tried the Steak Spedini on a recent trip and though the steak was a little tough for my liking, the veggies were fresh and grilled to perfection.
Villa Vino rounds out the menu with a selection of pastas and panini (try the Chicken Parm—it’s delish) but the real treat is the ever-expanding drink list. Aside from their wine collection of over 200 wines from around the world, they also carry a good selection of beers (both imports and domestics) and Limoncello, a liqueur I affectionately call “Satan’s urine” because of it’s affect on my trip to Italy this past summer.
Villa Vino is a great addition to Buckhead’s ever-growing restaurant scene and a much needed break from the outrageously priced, chef-centered restaurants opening every week. The friendly, neighborhood vibe and great patio (awesome for watching shaggy-haired frat boys and Buckhead Betty’s stumble out of Kramer’s on the weekends) give the place a Highlands-type vibe.
The friendly service, reasonable prices and cool yet casual atmosphere may just make Villa Vino my new favorite place to grab a pie.
Villa Vino is open daily for lunch and dinner and late-night slices are served on the weekends.
Villa Vino is located at 3188 Roswell Road in Buckhead. 404.28.3934