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Home comforts.

DURING these cold, dark, wintry nights, all you want to do is tuck into tasty homemade meals. And one place where you are guaranteed some delicious comfort food - as well as a warm welcome - is the family-run Pizzeria Villaggio in Whitchurch, Cardiff.

While there is now a glut of restaurants in the village, the diner is one of the longest-established in the area, serving authentic Italian dishes since 1986.

When we arrived, we were shown to our table by a friendly waiter who handed over the menus for us to browse through as he fetched the bottle of prosecco (PS18.95) we had ordered.

The starters are competitively priced, ranging from PS4 for homemade soup to PS8.50 for king prawns in garlic, tomato, white wine and cream.

As there were three of us, we decided to share two bruschetta - mushrooms with creamy Gorgonzola cheese and roasted red pepper and goat's cheese (PS5 each).

The first bruschetta was a pure delight. It was packed with succulent mushrooms and the flavours from the warm Gorgonzola sauce were perfect.

The second piece was more like an average slice of cheese on toast with some peppers and it needed some dressing to add a bit of zest.

Pizzeria Villaggio offers a wide selection of mains, with pastas ranging from PS7.50 (spaghetti in a tomato and basil sauce) to PS9.50 (prawns and mushrooms in a cheesy white wine sauce) and pizzas ranging from PS6 (margherita) to PS8.90 (mozzarella, tomato, prawns, mussels, cockles and tuna).

There are also daily specials and side dishes, including garlic bread and saute potatoes.

We ordered the penne rostite (PS9.40), lasagne (PS9) and spaghetti puttanesca (PS9). The penne dish contained roasted vegetables, including courgettes, peppers and onion, covered in a tomato sauce. The vegetables and pasta were cooked perfectly (the vegetables were crunchy while the pasta wasn't too al dente) and the sauce was rich and tasty.

As far as the lasagne was concerned, the beef was of a high quality - there were no grisly bits - and there was plenty of sauce.

The spaghetti dish featured a good dollop of basil and tomato sauce while the flavours from the anchovies, capers and olives all nicely complemented each other. All of the dishes had a real homemade quality.

We were so full after the mains as the portions were a little on the large side that we had to share one dessert between the three of us. So we plumped for a traditional tiramisu (PS4) - creamy with a good splash of alcohol, it was definitely moreish.

While many restaurants are all about style over substance, Pizzeria Villaggio - which has jazz nights on a Monday - has a laid back vibe and is the kind of place you can visit after a shopping trip with the kids in tow and take advantage of the early bird menu.

Maybe the restaurant could benefit from just a few little touches, such as linen tablecloths and tealights on the tables, to give it a cosier ambience during the evenings. But with the food as its star attraction, you won't find many complaints. This is a place which will hopefully continue serving Whitchurch for many years to come.

Pizzeria Villaggio, 73B Merthyr Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 1DD. Tel: 029 2061 3110 PIZZERIA VILLAGGIO by Karen Price The bill Pepper bruschetta - PS5 Mushroom bruschetta - PS5 Spaghetti puttanesca - PS9 Lasagne - PS9 Penne rostite - PS9.40 Tiramisu - PS4 Prosecco - PS18.95 Total - PS60.35 for three


Top, Lasagne. Above, Penne al Ragu and, below, Roasted Red Pepper and Goats cheese Bruschetta

Delicious Capricciosa Pizza at the Pizzeria Villaggio, in Whitchurch, Cardiff PICTURES: Rob Browne (c)
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 2, 2013
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