Finelli’s Italian Villa in Altoona, PA has been recognized as a DiRoNA Awarded restaurant since 2002!
Finelli’s Italian Villa offers creative dishes that include a variety of fresh veal, seafood, chicken, pasta, and fresh-cut steaks. It is an ideal setting for a romantic evening or a business function, as well as for large groups and parties. Enjoy a full-service bar or choose a bottle of wine from Finelli’s award-winning Wine Spectator List.
Come and join the Finelli Family for a unique dining experience. We are a locally owned family business where we treat each customer as part of the family.
Frank and Jeanne Finelli, proprietors of Finelli’s Italian Villa, were familiar with the restaurant standing at 1808 4th Avenue in Altoona, Pennsylvania. In fact, it was a local landmark known as the Dutch Kitchen. In 1983 a blazing inferno destroyed the second and third floors and the building was marked for demolition.
Frank shocked his family and his neighbors when he stopped the bulldozers and claimed the burned-out shell as the future home of Finelli’s Italian Villa.
The entire Finelli family embraced Frank’s vision to build a quality Italian restaurant from the ashes of the Dutch Kitchen. Over the next 10 years, the Finelli family worked doggedly to rebuild the structure and to learn the fine points of the restaurant business. In 1993 Finelli’s Italian Villa triumphantly opened its doors. It remains a family-backed undertaking with Frank acting as host and manager while Jeanne runs the dining room. Anthony is the head chef and Amigh works behind the bar and in the dining room.