I will caveat my 5 star by saying that I have been living in London for 3 months and I was starting to get withdrawals for true service during a nice meal. That being said, the food was solid too! I started by calling the day of (at 5:30), to see if there were any open reservations. Earliest they could take 2 was at 10pm. The gentleman on the phone asked me to hold for just a second. He came back and stated that the GM had not arrived yet, but asked if we could make it for opening at 6:30 and said he could likely squeeze us in. (1st high marks) We arrived at 6:30 and the GM welcomed us, waived for a waiter, and offered for us to sit upstairs as the piano was going to start at 7:00. Upstairs we went, and were offered a terrace table, beautiful weather, and quite evening (2nd high marks) Our waiter welcomed us, offered water and cheese pastry, and shared the specials with a smile and REAL conversation (3rd high marks). Great menu, ordered an app and bottle of wine (good wine list too). Enjoyed an evening where all 3 waiters in the area were regularly checking on us, filling our wine/water, and busing the table. All with a smile and conversation. The GM stopped by late in the meal and offered his thanks, as did we.
Food was great (Truffle Rissoto Special and the Gnocci, as well as a stuffed eggplant appetizer). I have read reviews here commenting on the price. I found it to be very reasonable in the context of London. If you are thinking in dollars, you will be in shock anywhere in London!
With my faith in customer service restored, we will be dining here again and again.
Beautiful restaurant with wonderful service.
Their business lunch at £16.5(or 16?) was great. Although my clam pasta's clam was not it's best quality(it was very fishy), their fresh pasta noodle was exactly what I wanted. The shrimp avocado appetizer was delightful too.
I really loved everything about this restaurant so was considering to telling about the clam.
But it's always difficult as the chef must have done their best and I didn't wanted to hurt their feeling.
Hopefully they read this review and try to buy better clam since vongole pasta is my favorite.
I still give them 4 stars as my overall experience was very pleasant :)
A fantastic dining experience, absolutely beautiful pasta and the service was impeccable! :-)
Brilliant! (when in London...)
Dined here with a client and the service, food, atmosphere are all wonderful. Northern Italian fare, very fresh and authentic. Started with appetizer of mussels (fabulous), crab salad (just good, not phenomenal), and bruschetta (simple yet delicious). I opted for linguine with clams. It was the perfect portion size, pasta cooked al dente, not overly garlicky, really perfect. Co diners went with a chicken dish in a creamy mushroom sauce which smelled amazing and a grilled swordfish - which came out rare - which was not the norm for us but it tasted good. We had a fabulous French Pinot Noir and finished up with some ginger tea and a creme brulee.
An excellent meal, not rushed at all. Piano music playing upstairs. Highly recommend when in this part of town (West Hamstead) - it's on a small side street BTW and right around the corner from a crepe stand which had a line down the block....
Superb service and great food. The tuna steak and baked aubergine were exactly what I was expecting. It's a kind of local restaurant you'll always remember even if you move away from the area. Will definitely go back.
I love Villa Bianca, I've been here a few times & it never disappointed. The service is really FABULOUS, with attentive (not to mention gawgeous) waiters who strike that perfect balance between friendly and professional.
The food is good Italian stuff, the pasta dishes I've had were excellent. But I think my favourite thing about this place is its cute little location, the abundance of greenery outside hanging off its balcony, and the live piano music! It is a romantic, darling little place for a quiet dinner in gorgeous surrounds. Bon Apetit!
5 Star customer service is alive and well in the big smoke!!!
Ok, if you look at the menu and you're prepared to spend the prices then let's assume that the bill won't be an issue here... because once you get in, you will forget you're in London. Once you're shown to your table, your coats are whisked off to a cloakroom, drinks are arriving, water is being poured, specials are being recited with precision and did I mention there was a basket of fresh focaccia, bread, breadsticks and orchids behind those menus?
Once you pour over the menu and make the toughest decision of your life, get used to being treated to servers coming around and topping up your glasses, clearing nonsense from your table and running the restaurant like a well-oiled machine. I had the beef strips with mushroom sauce & parsnip mash which was pretty epic, we split a special dessert which was a fried pastry filled with ricotta and a selection of fruit compotes and sauces to accompany it.
In the summer, you can dine alfresco and they are meant to occasionally have live music to set the tone for your night. The location was right in the heart of picturesque Hampstead and couldn't be a better place to bring a date, business meeting, or mother in law (hey, anyone you need to impress, really!).
A true dining experience. You will never know it's here unless someone tells you, so consider yourself told!!
I went to this place for lunch weeks ago, and let me say it straight: this lunch was amazing and I was really delighted by everything in this restaurant. It has a very welcoming atmosphere, great hospitality, plus they filled my table up with yummy stuff before I've even start putting my order through :D
The place was ultra clean, with very freshly made food, and the only word you would hear around is " it's up to you sir/ madam :)"
I had the business lunch choice (a starter and a main) and it was so heavenly. Well cooked, well presented, and with a wowing simplicity too. For a funny reason I ordered a mint tea to seal my meal and it came along with some complimentary biscuits and I have to say the experience was magical.
The only downside was that I was alone, so my next time would be with a good company.
If there were a restaurant that could get the elite 6 star yelp review, this place would be it. The service was spot on, with the host seating us immediately, taking our coats and bringing us water and bread like it was ordered yesterday. Neither of us had to lift the water or wine bottle because everytime we were to 1/4 of a glass, the waiter magically appeared, refilled our glasses, and vanished without a trace. The epitome of how I like my service: Telepathically sensing my needs and then no hovering.
The interiour was beautiful and the upstairs was enchanting, with a gorgeous balcony that I MUST it on one day. The food...oh, the food. I had veal with new potatos and it was legen-wait for it-dary. Thom A and I split a desert, a perfect way to finish off an altogether wonderful and enchanting dinner. It was a bit pricey but worth every penny.
I like this restaurant, always full but very cosy. The food is Italian and they have come good wines. I am particularly fond of Barolo and they have a cheaper one I buy at £45 which is excellent, but they have some that cost an awful lot more!
We used to go there for our birthday meals, which used to cost around £145 including liquors but we have toned down our special meals and each time I send £50 to a small charity in South Africa I support.
Nice place to take your special lady on a first date, but don't go and spoil it all afterwards ;-)
The place has a very interesting and lovely interior design. The food is also good but the service can be a little dodgy. however, keep in mind that this impression is from only one visit. I hope my next one to be better.
beautiful and romantic night thanks to villa bianca :)
we were initially seated downstairs, but after i saw the upstairs on a lady break, i asked to be seated in the semi terrace area and we were moved. DEFINITELY recommend asking for a seat on the upper floor. the pianist was playing a few tables away and just the whole atmosphere was very intimate and romantic. the vegetable risotto i ordered was the best i ever had IN MY LIFE. and i was in italy about a month ago. and my boyfriend who doesn't like risotto agreed it was amazing. very very extensive wine list (so long, there's a table of contents). not sure what the damage was but things were reasonably priced given the quality of the food and beauty of the venue.
this is definitely THE restaurant i'd recommend to any couples celebrating an anniversary, birthday, etc!
As a Hampstead local, this is the place that my wife and I recommend to all of our visitors. Perrin's Lane is a fantastic, boutique street in Hampstead Village. As you enter Villa Bianca, the staff and service are really superb. Thankfully, the food is too. The attentive wait staff bring out several "chef's treats" before you order - which is a very nice touch. The restaurant itself has a great ambiance accompanied by great food. The live piano music is also a nice addition to the already romantic atmosphere. Highly recommend to everyone - and it is also only a very short walk from the Hampstead tube station (Northern Line)!
A nice cosy place, a little dated but still has some charm, the food is very traditional old school Italian food but very tasty prepared with care. The service staff are very attentive. Wine list is extensive. The service charge was a little high and the final bill was a lot higher than the over all experience deserved. Worth a visit but not a restaurant you would frequent.
I really enjoyed my dinner here. The food was very good and the waiting staff was very attentive.
Far my best restaurant in Hampstead! If you like Italian food, I would recommend it to anyone going to this area and seeking a cool place for dinner!
Living in London for a couple of months now, I took some visiting friends there and they all loved it!
Food is excelent and prices are totally affordable!
The atmosphere within the restaurant is very pleasant!
Don't come here expecting nouvelle cuisine, Villa Bianca is the place to bring visiting parents and a place where North London's Italian diaspora frequent. Walking in, off a secluded side street, one has the impression of stepping through the door of a restaurant forgotten by the passage of a couple of decades, trapped in the 1980's. The packets of breadsticks on the tables, the menu, the decor, the staff (Italian waiters sporting shiny Gucci belts and plenty of hair gel): everything seems unspoilt from those years of shoulder pads and Don't You Want Me Baby. That is, trapped in the 80s - not fossilized since then - there is nothing dingy about the place and it's freshly painted.
The food was delicious - the asparagus fresh and tender, the liver with sage melted in the mouth, my semifreddo was subtle and not overly sweet. It's not cheap but it won't break the bank either - reckon on about 30 a head (without booze) for a couple of courses and a shared dessert.
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