The place was absolutely mobbed Saturday night! Never seen it this busy. Villa Barone has a tendency to be a noisy restaurant — there’s no carpeting — but when it’s filled to the max, and there are people waiting for tables, it is absolutely deafening in here. They were running a bit behind — although we had a reservation we still had to wait almost half an hour for a table. We didn’t really care much about that — we’re pretty easygoing — and what can you do if folks linger?
This is “our” Italian restaurant — the one a couple of minutes from home, where the food is good, the atmosphere is welcoming, the dress is casual. In our part of New Jersey, there are probably 30 Italian restaurants within five miles of wherever you are. It’s surprising how few of them pass muster.
Portions are very generous at Villa Barone, but dishes are prepared with an eye towards lightness. Instead of a thick and fatty béarnaise or hollandaise on the Veal Oscar, the hollandaise is light and almost brothy. The marinara sauces, as well, are light and fresh, not thick, long-cooked, and meat-flavored.38 Robbinsville Allentown Road Robbinsville NJ 08691 609-259-0000 Villa Barone’s Website Villa Barone on Facebook LAF review of Villa Barone