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Food at the new Getty Villa

lil mikey | Apr 30, 200608:13 PM

We finally got tickets to the new Getty Villa, and are happy to announce that the food is pretty good.

They give you a menu while waiting in line, and then you order and pay once you get to the front. Then, you are seated and they bring the food to you.

The menu consists of appetizers, soups and salads, paninis, main courses, a kids section and some other things. There is also beer and wine.

While you wait, they bring focaccia and your drinks. The patio is very nice, with a cool breeze on a warm day.

The eggplant and asiago panini was forgettable, as there was very little taste to it. The bruschetta was pretty good. You get 6 pieces, two each of the regular tomato-based salsa, a spinach and onion mixture and an artichoke and cheese mixture. Overall pretty tasty.

But the real winner was the Tuscan soup. It is fairly thick tomato soup with squid and clams. And it’s served over garlic bread. It is full of flavor, and there’s enough seafood to keep it interesting.

They have a fairly good chianti, and the tiramisu is also good. My only complaint about the tiramisu is they put a hard chocolate layer at the bottom, above the hard cookie, that is difficult to gracefully cut through. I ended up using my knife like a chisel to get through this layer. Tasty, just a little difficult to maneuver.

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