NO ALCOHOL, I was hoping the food made up for it. I almost gave them another dick, but read the remainder of my review, and I’ll explain the rating.
Hell, being a known local in-house pizza establishment, I figured beer and wine service was like playing baseball with the bat; it just goes together. When I looked them up on line, their website was adequate, but I didn’t think to look at their drinks/beverages on the menu for the aforementioned reason. Unfortunately, the food this evening did not make up for it.
We have occasionally eaten Village Pizza for several years out of it being somewhat convenient for a Friday pick-up on the way home. We have always ordered their signature pie. This evening we ordered the same pizza and the quality was the same; but we also ordered a cheeseless pizza (yeah I know, a cheeseless pizza is like the baseball thing , but without the bases) for our lactose intolerance, soon to be arriving crowd, and it seemed to have a different crust. This particular pizza ranked among the lowest of our normal cheese less concoction when trying a new pizza house. It resembled a cheap frozen (and I’m not talking a good frozen pie) pizza you might consider eating only when living in the college dorms.
When I walked in (5:55 on a Friday evening) there was barely a line and we didn’t hesitate to put two tables together for our larger gathering this evening. I was amazed to find nine employees hammering away at what appeared to be a mostly pick-up customer routine for the staff. It gets really busy, but the large ‘very sterile’ environment (the décor and atmosphere resemble a Hilton hotel) has a very large area for ordering as you enter to keep that crowd at bay over on that end of house. Once seated we noticed there was no audio from either the sound system or either of the two TVs. The two small-sized flat screens had CNN on one and some sport on the other. Other than the screen we were facing with the constant anti-Trump rhetorical messages on the scrolling banner from CNN, we heard no sounds other than all of the conversations from the other tables. Even the bathroom was quiet and very ‘Hiltony’, just without the comforting music
Luckily the salad we ordered arrived quickly because the pizza took a bit to arrive (35 mins). The other folks joining us were told a 40 minute wait for their pie; then to find out they don’t serve alcohol, almost sent them running out to the liquor store next door to get a bottle of something to put below the table. Beware, since this pizza place does not serve alcohol, they charge for everything else, like refills of your drinks and ‘extra ranch’ dressing. Another reason for the lower star ranking.
We also ordered the house’s signature salad, that resembled an antipasto and was chock full of complimenting meats and the cheese on the side (as requested) but it was very ‘pizza place’ average.
Again, the other party ordered Village’s signature pie and the quality was again the same, but the cheesy garlic bread they had also ordered came out quickly, but was very very average.
As we left (around 8pm) the staff had been dramatically reduced and the place became quite empty as what appeared to be the owner looming near the register, not even hinting at a “Thank you, have a nice night” as we exchanged our family hugs upon departure, she just kept eye-balling us. Don’t eye-ball me . . . own up to your business and be engaging with the customer . . . “How was everything?” “Have a nice night”. “Watch out for Dicks on the road”.
My two stars this evening match our future with Village Pizza. We may swing through and pick up a signature pie on the way home again, but we will probably never stop in for a drink, because I’m not seeing the light being left on . . . There are many other much better pizza places, THAT SERVE ALCOHOL, within the same striking distance from our Friday night operations.