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La Villa’s butternut soup with roasted bread foam and fresh homemade croutons

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Pardon My French

By Robin Barr Sussman

Photo by Becca Wright

03.28.19

Take a trip to the French Riviera with newly rebranded La Villa.

“I started cooking at 16 and have worked in Paris, London, Las Vegas and the French Riviera,” says Kevin D’Andréa, a native of Oloron-Sainte-Marie who recently packed up his knives to bring his career and American bride stateside to join newly rebranded La Villa (formerly La Villa Saint Tropez) as executive chef. D’Andréa’s impressive résumé includes stints at Hôtel Belle Rives, the Palace Hotel and Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée in Paris. “My new menus and techniques bring a more modern take on food and wine from the southern coastal regions of France,” says the dashing 27-year-old, a 2015 finalist on Top Chef France. His sophisticated dishes and laser sharp presentations—escargot-stuffed ravioli with celery puree; lime-drenched sea bass ceviche crafted as a delicate salad with baby watercress; and tender spice-rubbed roasted duck—invite you to the French Riviera. With cobalt blue accents, Lucite bar stools, and black-and-white photos of France, the sexy white-splashed bungalow has a joie de vivre vibe. And the new patio—a little slice of Paris—will be calling your name for Sunday brunch this spring. 4315 Montrose Blvd., 713.524.0070