Saturday, April 20, 2013

Casa Villa Review

Mexican food is one of those cuisines that is loved by all.  Most individuals enjoy tortillas stuffed with chicken, rice, and cheese among other things.  Salsa and guacamole are shining stars in my book.  Pair a frozen margarita with a delicious Mexican dish and you've got it made!

Casa Villa has several locations in Connecticut.  They serve authentic Mexican food that is sure to please.  Whether you like fish or shrimp tacos, quesadillas, skirt steak or even grilled salmon, they have you covered and of course offer much more.  The food is fresh and delicious.  I had the pleasure of visiting the Stamford establishment tonight and doing a restaurant review. I had never dined there before, but have always heard positive things.  I'm not one to turn down Mexican cuisine, and I knew I had to try it.

Upon entering the restaurant, the first thing I noticed was that it was very filled.  There were many people seated and enjoying their dinner. The establishment was clean and orderly. I met with the manager right away and he was extremely courteous.  He went over the menu and the nightly specials in detail with my fiancé and I.  He was knowledgeable about each dish and answered any questions we had. While we settled on an appetizer, drinks and chips and salsa came.  I ordered a strawberry margarita, while my fiancé had a Mexican beer.

The chips and salsa were great! The warm chips were fresh and had a fabulous crunch.  The flavor of the cool salsa was impeccable.  You could distinctly taste the tomato and onion flavor. The small hint of spice made my taste buds sing.
My strawberry margarita was my first one of the season! I loved the orange slice on the rim of the glass, along with the plump strawberry in the drink.  The flavor of the margarita was outstanding.  It was cold and refreshing, and just what I needed to take the heat off of the spice of the salsa. There was not too much alcohol in the drink, which is just the way I like it.  Don't you want a sip?
My fiancé enjoyed his Negro Modelo.  This icy cold beer had a smooth flavor that complimented his meal well. The mug that accompanied the beer was even straight from the freezer!

As we enjoyed our drinks, we perused the appetizer section of the menu.  Many dishes caught my eye but we ultimately settled on the pork sopas.  I wanted to try something unique and different, and this was certainly the right pick.
Look at these beauties! I loved the plating.  These pulled pork sopas were layered fabulously. On the top you have shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes.  Underneath that, you have a generous layer of pulled pork that is cooked in a chipotle marinade.  Lastly, you have a layer of perfectly warm black beans that will comfort your soul.  The dish was delectable.  The cool tomatoes and lettuce helped to cool off the spicy pork.  Even though the pork was spicy, it still had an excellent, seasoned flavor.  The soft black beans were warm and enveloped my heart with a beany kiss. The golden-colored sopa were thick, but not overly dense.  It paired well with all of the other ingredients and I loved the simple corn flavor of it.
As we ate, the waitress was very attentive.  She routinely came back and made sure everything was to our liking, and checked to see if we needed anything else. 
Our entrees came very quickly.  I ordered the salmon while my fiancé had the skirt steak.
Don't you wish you could take a fork to the salmon right now?

My salmon was divine! It was cooked in a lemon and white wine sauce to perfection. The dish was served with grilled veggies on the side and a generous scoop of garlic mashed potatoes. The salmon was the best I've had in a long time.  It was perfectly tender and flaky.  The flavor was wonderful and made my taste buds explode! The grilled veggies were seasoned well and I enjoyed the rustic taste.  The mashed potatoes were wonderfully creamy and smooth. The garlic flavor was prevalent, but not overwhelming.  I thoroughly enjoyed my meal.
My fiancé ordered the skirt steak that was served with black beans, Spanish rice, guacamole, and a single cheese enchilada. 
A Mexican lover's food dream
My fiancé has a love affair with skirt steak.  Whenever it's on a menu at a restaurant we're dining at, he's sure to order it.  When he saw it on the menu, his whole face lit up.  The skirt steak was ordered medium rare.  It arrived perfectly cooked to his liking.  There was not a lot of seasoning or sauce to mask the true flavor of the steak, but the steak arrived close to its natural state.  The meat itself was tender and juicy.  The black beans had a sprinkling of cheese on top which paired well with the hearty beans. He mixed the beans and cool guacamole together for the ultimate bite.  The rice was soft and fluffy and had a delightful flavor. The cheese enchilada was simple and full of cheesy goodness.  He was in love and this dish was the key to unlock his heart.
All in all, we had a wonderful experience.  The food was delicious, the servers and manager were very attentive and made sure we were satisfied.  I would come back again.  If you're looking for delicious Mexican food in Fairfield County in Connecticut, I highly recommend Casa Villa.
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*DISCLOSURE* I was provided a complimentary meal in exchange for this review.  All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.


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