In the heart of Willow Glen is La Villa deli, an Italian oasis specializing in ravioli, made to order sandwiches and delicacies from Italy. The place has a ton of character and is truly a neighborhood destination with first names tossed around like olive oil and spaghetti. Once inside you take a number and wait your turn to order. There is always a line and it sometimes snakes out the door. Notable hot sandwiches include the Italian sausage with grilled onions and peppers and the meatball hero, both of which looked great. You can order pints or quarts of their famous ravioli but there are dozens more hot and cold items to choose from. I picked up two large preheated lasagnas that I had pre-ordered for a party. Although pricey, they were wonderfully rich with generous layers of ricotta and mozzarella. The noodles were cooked to perfection and one and a third pan pan fed about 20 guests. Lucky for me, lots of leftovers.
For a seminal taste of southern Italy, beat a path to La Villa.
Bertucelli's La Villa
1319 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125