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Villa Piacere Woodland Hills

WLA | Dec 30, 200308:34 AM

I kept meaning to post about taking my family here for Christmas eve dinner...and finally I get around to it. At least it's still this year.

None of us had ever been, but since all of the others, (brother, sister, bro. inlaw and niece) except for the three of us, (wife, teen weasel and I) live in the SFV. So we decided on the adventure of the unkown.

This is a very handsome restaurant, both from the outside and inside. It is on Ventura Blvd., just between Topanga Canyon Blvd. and Shoup on the south side of the street.

Our threesome got there early as the rain did not tie up the freeway from West LA as much as I expected. They seated us right away and my wife and I tried Bloody Mary's, (okay) and the TW had a coke. Our table was by the bar, which I thought was going to be noisy, but turned out not to be as no one was sitting there.

The food was solid, if not spectacular. My son and I had the halibut with risotto. My wife tried the prime rib, which was a special, but turned out to be not cooked rare enough for my little cro-magnon.

Everyone else had the beef filet, which they uniformly raved about. Caesar salad was fine, tortilla soup was okay. I thought that the meal graded out about a B, with good service, (very nice and attentive waitress). I did bring a bottle of champagne for the start of the evening, which they chilled and poured and for which they charge $15 corkage.

I would go back, but I would have the filet the next time. A good choice for a family event type place in that it was festive and upscale in terms of the space.

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