A Look at Villetta’s Space and Menu, Opening April 14th

Currently in a soft-opening/training mode, Villetta will open to the public this Thursday on the border of Brentwood and Santa Monica. Here, chef Pippa Calland will riff on the dishes of Southern Italy in a maze of rooms forming a tiny compound on the verge of resembling a small Italian village. The carefully restored historic building has a cozy dining room, a collection of chic patios, a courtyard dining area, bright private room, and artwork supplied by Calland’s mother, from which many of the cocktails derive their names. Dishes here manage to embody both novel twists and honored tradition, with wood-grilled, locally-raised steak, game meats, and fish preparations, pizzas laden with market produce, salads of both mixed greens with “wild things” and Jidori chicken livers with six-minute egg, and creative pasta conceptions like stinging nettle and borage ravioli with bufala ricotta and walnuts. In Italian-saturated Brentwood, Villetta is going bigger and more glamorous with its space, while bringing something new to the table in its menu. Have a look at the space and food in our slide show and see the full April menu below.




citrus and spice marinated olives

varied and sundry pickled vegetables

radishes and fennel ‘ in pinzimonio’ with olio novello and sichuan peppercorns

roasted marrow bones with ciabatta and chervil

manila clams with chorizo, shell beans, sweet pepper confit and wild baby arugula

vitello tonnato with fried capers and mache

seared blue fin tuna with Japanese eggplant ‘ caponata’ and spicy greens

Focaccia e Pizza

focaccia robbiola

pizza Margherita
with prosciutto crudo
with prosciutto crudo and wild arugula
with prosciutto crudo, wild arugula and bufala mozzarella

tomato, red onion, spicy salami and smoked bufala mozzarella

asparagus, speck , fontina and sunny side up egg

roasted mushrooms , taleggio and wild arugula with shallot jam

merguez, roasted eggplant , sheeps milk ricotta
and tomato confit


mixed greens and wild things

frisee with seared Jidori chicken livers, pancetta and a six minute egg

raw and roasted artichokes with pine nuts , aged manchego and wild arugula

‘wedge’ of red perilla with cucumbers, tomatoes , oil cured olives and feta

favas with baby red dandelions and ‘bagna cauda’


farro spaghetti AOPP

half rigatoni with hot and sweet sausage, peas and cream

stinging nettle and borage ravioli with bufala ricotta and walnuts

tagliolini with Santa Barbara uni, parma butter and meyer

lasagnette with braised oxtail, sottocenere and parsley

tagliatelle with white veal ragu with porcinis


sauteed halibut with fennel, cerignolas and fingerlings

wood grilled swordfish with tomatoes, greens and green tomatoes

Santa Barbara spot prawns ‘alla plancia’ with hot chiles, parsley and garlic


roasted poussin ‘ al mattone’ with green garlic, young goats milk cheese and grilled bread

lamb spezzatino with medjool dates, green olives and pistachios

rabbit three ways with braised legs, seared loin and rillettes
with soft polenta , red mustard greens and sherry wine vinegar


wood fired dry aged ‘Fiorentina’ for two with rosemary potatoes, grey salt and Tuscan olio

wood fired bone-in strip steak ‘ tagliata’ with wild baby arugula, cherry tomatoes and artisanal balsamic

cast iron skillet seared bone in dry aged beef tenderloin
with truffles and morels

spicy broccolini
sauteed Bloomsdale spinach
japanese eggplant ‘caponata’

Anson mills polenta
parmigiano potato puree
crispy fingerlings with rosemary

A Look at Villetta’s Space and Menu, Opening April 14th