I just wanted to thank the board for steering us right on Vila di Roma--my father-in-law was craving exactly that experience, and I loved the meal too. We loved the garlicky roasted peppers (canned tuna was negligible) to start, then had the ricotta gnocchi, eggplant parm, chicken Sicilian, and a fish special that I didn't try (francese style, looked ok). The food really delivered: it was rich, old-fashioned, and satisfying. The house chianti was very drinkable, the cannoli were nice, the service was great, it was just a really nice time, and unlike anything in New York.
The next day we bought Metropolitan cookies and raw milk from Reading Terminal market--now THAT is a snack. And again something we don't get in New York.
We had a short, but delicious visit. Next time I'll try to get everyone excited about Marigold Kitchen, or perhaps we'll even go to try Vetri. But I will forever get credit for finding the red sauce my DC in-laws were craving, so thank you!