Pizza, Pasta, and More at Villa D'Carlo

1/29/2021 - Denise Bernacki

Downtown, Foodie
Villa D'Carlo Restaurant Downtown Kenosha, WI Lakefront
Villa D'Carlo Restaurant Downtown Kenosha, WI Lakefront
Villa D'Carlo Restaurant Downtown Kenosha, WI Lakefront

One day in Downtown Kenosha, about three years ago, I remember walking around with my husband and son for the first time and there was a delicious smell in the air. We followed the aroma to the famous Villa D'Carlo.  We said to each other that we needed to go there on our next date night. Well here we are three years later and we still hadn’t gone…until NOW! Better late than never, but instead of a date night with my husband, I went with a friend that I met here in Kenosha about three years ago. I figured that was fitting!  

As I did three years ago, I followed that wonderful fragrance to the doorstep of Villa D’Carlo, but this time I went in. It smelled as delicious as it did before and we brought our appetites with us. We were seated in a huge half-circle booth which made us feel like we stepped back in time into an old Italian movie and we were rubbing elbows with greats like Frank Sinatra.  I also must say that in these times of social-distancing, the booth size is ideal for doing just that if you have a party of two.  The atmosphere is charming and has so much character which is no surprise since Villa D’Carlo has been around since 1957. 

The waitress greeted us and served us some glasses with ice and flip-top glass bottle. I also ordered an in-house ground hot coffee. It was so good I wished that I could order one to go every day. It didn’t take us long for us to decide what we wanted to order for dinner despite their expansive menu. We both chose dishes in the Italian Specialties section. I didn’t hesitate when picking the Veal Parmesan with Spaghetti because I love this dish and I don’t always see it on restaurant menus so it was a no-brainer. It is a 6 ounce Veal cutlet, lightly breaded with seasoned bread crumbs, pan-fried and topped with mozzarella cheese and red sauce. My friend loves noodles so it was easy for her to pick the Fettuccine Alfredo made with a heavy cream, egg and parmesan cheese sauce.   Turns out she made a great choice because you know who else loved Fettuccine Alfredo? Frank Sinatra. 

It is clear that when browsing through their website that the owners of the Villa D’Carlo are inspired by the music of Frank Sinatra and that shows through their delightful food.   Other Sinatra favorites can be found on their menu like Italian Meatballs, Pasta with Clam Sauce and Cannoli. 

After making our selections our waitress served up a colorful relish tray of kidney bean salad and pasta salad as well as crusty bread and butter. With our entrees we also were asked if we would like soup or salad. We both opted for salad and I must say that the Italian dressing was perfect.

In true fashion, my friend and I talk way too much and never have time to look at the entire menu. It is no secret that the Villa D’Carlo is known for its famous pizza, Carl's Famous Pizza, that is. As a matter of fact, Carl's Pizza is the longest-running family-owned pizzeria in Kenosha. So before it was too late we remembered to place our order for a small pizza to share. They offer classic pizza options but decided to try something different and got the Garden Pizza. It is topped with cheese, tomato, onions, green peppers, brocolli, cauliflower, zucchini and carrots. The combination is like nothing we’ve ever tried before so we thought we would give it a go.

Not long after we were finished sampling the variety of starters we had sprawled on our table, our entrees arrived. We found ourselves sitting at a table that couldn’t possibly fit any more plates. It was truly an Italian buffet of goodness.. The Fettuccine was creamy, the Veal was incredible and the pizza was crunchy and fresh. It didn’t take long for us to fill up our bellies to the brim.

Now do you know what’s better than having dinner at the Villa D’Carlo? THREE boxes of leftovers to enjoy the next day! You know you have had a great meal when you can’t wait for lunch the next day to eat your leftover food from the night before. And I will say that the food was just as good if not better than it was the night before.

The evening was so fun, nostalgic and delightful. Great conversation as always with my good friend, a plethora of amazing food, all in a landmark full of history right on the Kenosha waterfront. Couldn’t ask for more.

One of the songs that is featured on the Villa D’Carlo website by Frank Sinatra is called “The House I Live In". Three years ago I moved to Kenosha with my husband and son. Three years ago I walked down 6th Avenue and discovered an amazing restaurant. Three years ago I met my first real friend in Kenosha while preparing for my first blog. Some lyrics in Sinatra’s song are “…the people that I meet…the faces that I see…the little town or city that my people lived and died…the town I live in, the street, the house, the room…but especially the people….” That’s what Kenosha means to me! Now, I know some insider lingo. You can call it Villa D'Carlo, sure. If you are ordering pizza though, you are getting Carl's Pizza. You might even say you are heading to "The Villa" - which should extra chic. Keep these tips handy so you can dine like a local. 

So the next time you are downtown and want to enjoy an exceptional meal whether that be in-person, for carry-out or delivery, pay Villa D’Carlo a visit and try a Frank Sinatra favorite or some famous pizza. Buon appetito!

Community Blog Team 2018

Denise Bernacki

Community Blogger

Brand new Kenosha resident – just relocated here Fall 2017 from NW Indiana. Touring Kenosha for the first time along with my husband and 3-year-old son.