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4.9 /6 Excellent 102 Reviews

The Villa Italian

Centre Italian £££ +100
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About The Villa Italian

At Guild Hall Arcade on Lancaster Road, The Villa Italian shines as one of the Lancashire’s very best restaurants, setting itself apart from the rest by utilising local artisanal ingredients and fresh seasonal produce. This sophisticated establishment provides the perfect setting for lunch or dinner with its light-filled dining space and amicable service, and even offers options for afternoon tea complete with a selection of sandwiches and cakes for sampling. Found in the town centre, The Villa Italian is a convenient location to enjoy an Italian meal that leaves a lasting impression.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 21:45
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 21:45
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 21:45
  • Thursday 12:00 - 21:45
  • Friday 12:00 - 21:45
  • Saturday 12:00 - 21:45
  • Sunday 12:00 - 21:45
The Villa Italian, Lancaster Road, PR11HT Preston

Further Information

With head chef Stefano La Camera leading in the kitchen, you know that you’re in for a treat when dining at The Villa Italian. The emphasis here is artisanal ingredients and seasonal produce sourced from across Lancashire, including cheese from Gornall’s Dairy Foods, meats from Clifton Quality Meats, produce from Ribble Farm Fare and beer from Thwaites brewery. You can find the Villa Italian at Preston Guild Hall on Lancaster Road, open seven days a week in the town centre.

From hand-crafted pizzas and pastas to tasty grilled mains, The Villa Italian in the town centre excels in bringing the freshest ingredients and the boldest flavours to each and every one of their authentic dishes. The Villa Italian’s menu is largely made up of rotating specialities depending on what’s fresh and available, so you can expect to try out a range of different dishes that are out of the ordinary and unique. Some examples of the amazing dishes on offer include the pressed terrine of lamb shoulder with fennel and artichoke with wild pear chutney, the charcoal grilled veal chop with marsala sauce and rosemary and sea salt potatoes, plus numerous pasta dishes with seafood and meats from local butchers. The secret’s out about The Villa Italian, so make sure to book a table in advance to experience Preston’s best Italian cuisine.


102 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 102 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
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Tracy H.
1 review so far 6
22.03.2017 17:57

The food was lovely and the service was great. My friends and I really enjoyed it and would definitely go there again. We had the lunch offer which was great value.

Heather B.
1 review so far 6
21.03.2017 03:48

Excellent food and friendly and helpful staff ... my second visit and will definitely return. The pre-theatre menu is also good value. A very relaxing and attractive restaurant.

Eve P.
1 review so far 6
20.03.2017 05:33

Delicious birthday meal out! Warm & friendly environment,attentive service, food was good and wine mellow. We would recommend to others and will go again ourselves!

Ilona R.
1 review so far 6
15.03.2017 20:38

Great food. Reasonable prices.Lovely service. Easy to book online. The Villa Italia was very quiet when we visited on Friday night. We will definitely return.

gethin b.
1 review so far 4
05.07.2016 03:14

OVERALL EXPERIENCE 3-4. It was a very a busy and noisey Sat night when we attended. Our table was not ready when we arrived and so we were seated on high stools at the bar- not ideal initial impression. That said, staff were nevertheless welcoming and attentive and we were found a table within 10 mins. Once comfortably seated our service was good and we had no unreasonable delays. Our food whilst acceptable and inoffensive was rather mediocre, bland and presentation was uninspiring. Generally we were disappointed as did not live up to our expectations and we felt did not represent value for money - generally overpriced. We choose from the a la carte menu - veal chop, swordfish and pizza. Decor and surroundings were pleasant. Not sure if we would go again for meal - possibly try a snack and drink deal special and at a quieter time before dismissing entirely.

Mr B (Show & Dine) D.
1 review so far 6
03.08.2016 18:26

It was our first visit to the Villa Italian in Preston and certainly not our last. The décor is excellent being bright and easy on the eye. The staff were very attentive but bearing in mind the restaurant had only been opened for just 2 months some of the staff were unsure of the pricing structure if you were in the Guild Hall show package. We liked the idea of being able to view the kitchen and how the chef and his team worked so well together and the food was excellent. Keep up the good work !

Holly h.
1 review so far 6
12.09.2016 03:13

Visited with my partner before attending the Guild Hall for an event. The service was next to none and all the staff were so friendly and welcoming. The food was also beautiful. I asked them if they could arrange a cake/desert to be brought out, as it was a special occasion and it was lovely and so nicely presented. My partner was delighted. They made the whole evening so special for us and they also didn't charge me for the surprise desert! Will be visiting again, fantastic experience. 10/10

Shelley M.
2 reviews so far 6
03.08.2016 12:39

We huad a great eve with friends on Saturday eve at the Villa the food was wonderful . Will definitely go again in fact we are on Wednesday. My only criticism is the waiting staff could have smiled more and tended to rush to get your plates collected almost the moment you finished!! More waiter/ waitressing training needed I think 😟 The head chef was amazing working under so much pressure as very busy restaurant and two staff having decided not to turn up. shame on YU guys !!!!!

Simon P.
2 reviews so far 6
13.10.2016 02:27

Really enjoyed our first visit to Villa Italian, on a Saturday night at 7.30. Very nice atmosphere, not too busy. A nice modern restaurant but not clinical, a nice choice of open and secluded seating. The staff were very friendly and attentive. A good selection of drinks were on offer and a nice traditional menu. The food arrived promptly and was very nice, we both had a starter each and a main course, but sadly no room for a dessert, maybe next time. Overall a very pleasant experience.

jayne m.
1 review so far 5
14.09.2016 15:19

We visited the new Villa Italian on Saturday, the food and cocktails were really nice and the restaurant has a lovely atmosphere. The only thing I was disappointed by was the service, the restaurant was quiet but we had to ask the staff whenever we wanted more drinks, desserts, the bill etc I feel like they could have been more attentive. This wouldn't put me off visiting again though as like I've said above the food and drinks were a really high standard and good value for money. Thanks

Keith S.
1 review so far 5
14.10.2016 17:39

Not the cheapest Italian in Preston but certainly amongst the best we have tried. Food was excellent,the seafood linguine was packed full of fish as was the seafood risotto. Friendly and helpful staff asking if we were going to the show that evening which gave an extra 10% of the bill. The only reason for not giving a top mark was service was a little slow just pleased we had given ourselves enough time to eat (and enjoy) our meal before the start of the show.. Highly recommended.

Robert H.
1 review so far 3
09.07.2016 14:15

The food was amazing and the finish to the restaurant was fantastic as well. Only issue would be service. Entering the place, we felt like we were disturbing the man on his computer. He was very dismissive and made the first impression arkward to say the least. Even when I went to pay the bill with him he just waved someone else over to deal with me. I only approached him as he was the only staff member doing nothing sat at his computer, 90% of the time we were there. The rest of the staff, really friendly. Like I said before the food was really good, but we didn't get a check back so it was a good job. Maybe the office worker at the front door would be better positioned on the restaurant floor in this case.

christine L.
1 review so far 6
13.12.2016 16:49

Excellent food and service. We had a meal on a Friday prior to attending a concert at the Guild Hall and given that there were 3 Christmas parties of at least 20 in each group the service and attention by the staff to my husband and myself was excellent. All dishes arrived hot and well cooked. Thank you to the team.

Catherine B.
2 reviews so far 3
06.12.2016 00:33

Slow service despite only two other people in the restaurant when we arrived. Our waitress didn't process our order correctly and so we were charged for drinks that were supposed to be part of the Presto Rapido menu. She didn't understand our comments regarding this so we left paying nearly as much in tips than the meal itself. We asked for extra hot cappuccinos - they were tepid ! Very cold in the restaurant especially when the outer door was continually being left open by customers and staff alike. Despite asking for this to be closed, the waitress didn't offer to move us or keep an eye on the door to ensure it was being closed. We were cold during our meal.

Diane D.
1 review so far 5
15.01.2017 18:04

The meal was excellent. Very tasty, freshly cooked food and generous portions. The experience was somewhat spoiled by the very slow service. A 40 minute wait to get our starters, and people around us complaining about the slow service. Such a shame because the meal was spot on. Very busy and noisey, piped music far too loud, with people trying to shout over it.

Neil F.
1 review so far 5
03.08.2016 16:28

Went here prior to a concert at the Guild Hall. Not knowing Preston it was very conveniently situated on the ground floor of the Hall. Food and service very good - authentic Italian. Frito misto was an excellent starter and a generous portion. My wife and son loved their pizzas and I had a nice pasta with meatballs. Worth a visit.

George D.
1 review so far 3
30.10.2016 18:11

The waiting staff were excellent but I'm afraid the same can't be said of the chefs. It is supposed to be an Italian restaurant but the Italian dishes I had bore no resemblance to anything I've eaten in Italy. Shame as the restaurant is really very nice. Maybe I should stick to what Italians expect the English to eat. My partners food was very good though which compensated somewhat. The price of wine by the glass is also exorbitant. Save money and buy a bottle. All in all a bit disappointing but we shall return and give it another chance.

Simon S.
1 review so far 3
22.12.2016 17:25

Our first visit to this venue and initial impressions from the outside were very favourable. The restaurant was busy as we arrived at 7pm pre-theatre time. However we were then shown to a table in a corner away from the main restaurant despite there being various spare tables We were then left for 20 minutes which is simply too long. A lesson perhaps that the restaurant will learn from as after that service and food were very good. First impressions matter though so for now I'll not rush back but I will go back sometime

Victoria T.
1 review so far 5
01.03.2017 20:33

The restaurant was lovely, staff very helpful, food delicious, reasonably priced. Only problem was the noise from the bar above but we were told that you could only hear it in the part we were sat in. So if you go don't sit in the far left hand corner on a Saturday night. Overall it was fabulous!

Luke F.
1 review so far 4
02.10.2016 05:16

We thoroughly enjoyed the food we received, just felt the table service was lacking due to the fact we were often left with empty drinks and nobody offering a top up for 10+ mins. This was due to the lack of staff suited to the number of guests in the resteraunt. Would go again, but would look to order drinks in advance maybe, other than this point it was fantasic.

Cheryl W.
2 reviews so far 5
25.09.2016 16:15

The food is always great. I found the portion sizes to be a little overwhelming this time. This is far from a complaint, I felt a bit bad sending my plate away with some food still on there! The lady who looked after us (not sure of her name) was brilliant! We will definitely be back.

Jenny C.
1 review so far 5
20.06.2016 13:59

Beautiful food, from start to finish. The score would have been 6 if the final service had been just a bit better. We sat for sometime after our mains had been cleared and waited for a dessert menu, in the end we had to ask for one. Other than that everything was great.

Pauline T.
1 review so far 3
26.09.2016 03:51

I think this place may be ok for a group who just want pizza and drinks. We were shown to our table and the drinks starters and mains were fine. Then it all went downhill. No offer of dessert we had to ask then the same for coffee.The food was nothing to write home about The seafood sharer was much as weve had elsewhere and more pricey. The swordfish was salty and not cooked well. (yes we have had it before) We wont be retunring.

Sheena P.
2 reviews so far 5
12.11.2016 19:18

Tasty food, good atmosphere and friendly staff, highly recommend The Villa preston and will definitely be visiting again. Only downfall I would say is that it is slightly expensive but it is well worth it especially for a special occasion. I went for my birthday and had an amazing time.

Tina C.
2 reviews so far 6
15.06.2016 16:34

Really enjoyed, again. Tried the pizza this time and was really pleased to know that I could have a Gluten free base, it was delicious. I also had a gluten free cheesecake, yummy. The staff once again were brilliant.

Martin S.
1 review so far 3
25.07.2016 16:48

Great venue, excellent service and reasonably priced but the chef is too heavy handed with the olive oil - my steak was swimming in it - which was a shame because it was beautifully tender - but ruined by the oil slick !!! Also need bigger plates to put the steaks on - mine had to be folded to fit on the plate. Will return but next time ask for no oil or try the pasta.

Shelley M.
2 reviews so far 6
16.09.2016 02:12

We ve been several times to the Villa restaurant and never been disappointed . THe staff are friendly shut professional so service is very good and tHe food excellent ! So we will keep going back 😃😃😊

John A.
1 review so far 5
28.10.2016 14:20

It was very good food and the staff attentive, it was our first our first visit as we were attending a show in the Guild Hall later. We will certainly return to sample the full menu, as we were booked on the restricted menu.

1 review so far 6
11.10.2016 17:12

Superb meal prior to our visit to Theatre. Most attentive staff and friendly atmosphere we'll definitely be back. We tried the set meal option and are keen to explore the a la Carte menu next time.

Peter I.
1 review so far 6
25.02.2017 06:54

Excellent food served promptly and well presented. Good value for money as well. Comfortable surroundings with an upmarket quality feel. First time visit for a pre-theatre meal, and I don't think it will be the last.

Gill A.
1 review so far 5
18.09.2016 06:28

Food was excellent but there seemed to be a shortage of waiting on staff as the service was a little slow. Don't let this put you off though, the quality of food does compensate and we did visit at an exceptionally busy time.

Tegan W.
1 review so far 4
15.10.2016 16:43

Fantastic food, service good but took me ages to get someone to come for a drinks order. The room was decorated modern and was very bright, perhaps a little too bright for evening dining. The room is big but it was also a little cold. All in all a good meal out.

Matt P.
1 review so far 6
12.08.2016 23:18

Really enjoyed our meal and the place was clean and tidy and the staff was very polite and helpful we will defiantly will be back and we will tell all our friends and family

Joanna H.
1 review so far 6
19.09.2016 16:14

Reservation made online 15 minutes before we arrived. Food arrive before I could even pour my water in my glass! Great service, allowed us to make it to the theatre on time :)

Tina C.
2 reviews so far 6
30.05.2016 23:18

Absolutely fantastic. From start to finish it was wonderful, the waiting staff and Giovani very pleasant, the food, OMG, the best ever! Would definitely recommend and will be going again and again.

Gillian (Show & Dine) M.
1 review so far 6
14.01.2017 23:16

Food was absolutely excellent. Service was friendly polite and efficient. I would definitely recommend. We had booked tickets for a show and got 10 per cent off the total bill as well.

Richard B.
1 review so far 6
12.06.2016 05:21

Food fantastic, can't fault it, the starter was really good and the seafood pizza was the best I've had in years. service really quick just a shame about the company I keep

Peter S.
1 review so far 5
14.10.2016 02:28

Service good but not rushed, the food was fines do was well presented in pleasant surroundings. Overall the price of the meal was reasonable and would visit again although there is plenty of competition with other Italian restaurants.

Danila D.
1 review so far 5
19.09.2016 02:56

Nice place and atmosphere. Kind staff and very good food. They took our plates when we finished what we had ordered and were ignored after that. We were not asked whether we wanted to see the dessert menu.

Martyn J.
1 review so far 6
05.09.2016 21:55

It was really nice clean and tidy and staff were helpful and the food was absolutely delicious really good price too for the quality, authentic Italian would definitely go again !!

Helen C.
1 review so far 5
06.06.2016 06:04

Excellent food and great atmosphere. Staff were very attentive. Will definitely go back. Although it is a confusing on the menu that it doesn't give times for the pronto fixed menu which is only available at lunch.

Mrs J T.
1 review so far 5
13.08.2016 18:53

very friendly staff. Smart setting. We booked through the Guild Hall the same time as booking tickets a great service. food very good . Will go again. Little noisy due to a large party of 50

John M.
1 review so far 6
24.02.2017 18:11

Enjoyed the whole evening food was excellent service was outstanding a great place go to if you are go to watch a show at the guildhall. Makes a great evening.

Janet B.
1 review so far 6
05.03.2017 17:28

The Service was a little slow but was worth it the food was delicious all of us enjoyed what we ordered staff very pleasant we Will be visiting again

Janice ( Show & Dine) W.
1 review so far 6
11.12.2016 02:00

Lovely professional staff.good atmosphere and lovely food ,reasonably priced,wine also very affordable. Was a great start to our evening at the guildhall.would definitely visit again if in Preston .

Mark H.
1 review so far 6
01.09.2016 17:57

Had a great night food was lovely I don't normally have a dessert but they looked so good. Staff very polite and friendly will definitely be going again.

Joanne Show and Dine S.
1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 02:37

Excellent food and excellent service would definitely recommend and visit again. We shared a starter of garlic bread which was delicious and a main of chicken also excellent

Jeremy S.
1 review so far 6
25.09.2016 05:28

Very good food, chicken wings tasty but at £6.50 ish for 6 wings is slighty overpriced. service excellent and overall reasonably priced considering town centre,. Will definitely return.

Chapple C.
1 review so far 6
05.06.2016 05:22

Lovely food, very good service, and extremely good value.it was really nice to see all the food being prepared,good portion sizes, attentive staff. Will definitely be visiting again.

Christine P.
3 reviews so far 6
26.02.2017 20:59

The food was delicious and the service excellent; probably the best pizza s we have ever tasted with thin base and lovely fresh toppings cooked to perfection.