At Village Pizzeria, the pizza dough is hand tossed, just like they’ve been preparing it here since 1979. Order it whole or by the slice, come in or have it delivered; they’ll even provide free delivery to hotels. Everybody loves a great pizza...but there’s more!
Sometimes, it’s just a pizza kind of day. With dozens of different kinds to choose from, it’s a good idea to gather a crowd and order more than one. But, wait...they even do a half-and-half pizza dressed two different ways to keep everyone happy. You’ll just need to agree on the crust.
There’s authentic handmade Sicilian crust for fans of thick crust. Speaking of crusts, what’s your preference? There’s an option to select half-baked, lightly baked, well done or fully cooked. Of course, size matters, too. Choose from five, ranging from a 14-inch round medium to an 18-inch extra large or go for rectangular half or whole Sicilian to serve an even larger crowd. Then, there are tomatoes to consider. Prefer heavy-handed on the sauce, light or no sauce at all? With basic decisions made, move on to the ingredients for the truly hard core choices.
BBQ chicken and pulled pork, pepperoni, salami, sausage, ground beef, meatballs, clam, spicy chicken, Hawaiian chicken, bacon, prosciutto and ham are among the featured toppings. Each pizza has a symphony of vegetable accompaniments: artichoke hearts, onions, black olives, mushrooms, green or red peppers, zucchini, sundried tomatoes, jalapeños, and pineapple, too. That’s before we get to the feta cheese, cilantro, chipotle, pesto, basil and garlic.
There’s even a pizza that the good folks at Village Pizzeria made up themselves: Clam and Garlic. Just tell them what you love or study the menu online. Imagination, it seems, is the boundary, because an entire page of extra toppings is all within the realm of the possible.
Sometimes, it’s a calzone kind of day. Ooey, gooey, cheesy calzone.
Create-your-own calzone. Folded pizza filled with mozzarella cheese and ricotta pesto blend is brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with garlic seasoning, with marinara sauce on the side. Choose grilled chicken, meat or vegetarian and then...move on to the 35 topping choices.
Buffalo wings with ranch or blue cheese dipping sauce are great for watching the game. Order from five kinds of salads, twice that number of different pasta dishes, freshly made French roll sandwiches and hot subs, desserts, beverages, wine and beer are all on the menu. Delivery comes with complimentary paper plates, napkins, disposable cutlery, extra grated parmesan and crushed red pepper for the spice lovers.
Come watch the pizza chefs toss that dough high in the air before preparing it for the custom ovens, Exposed brick walls are covered with sports memorabilia and old black and white photos. Village Pizzeria has happy hours, sports games on the TV and free Wi-Fi, so there’s plenty of reason to stop it at Van Ness at the corner of Sutter for the best New York-style pizza on the West Coast.