Village Pizzeria – LA


Simple yet delicious

Sausage and Mushroom Pizza

When I moved to LA, I had come to the sad conclusion that there is no good pizza in LA.  I’ve eaten good pizza in the Midwest and Bay Area but LA has always been disappointing for quality Italian pies.  I’ve found a lot of  pizzas in LA use lifeless frozen dough, have incredibly tasteless toppings, are not baked long enough, (For me a good store pizza is piping hot) or costs an arm and a leg for a bit of spring mix on top of a cheese pizza.  For the longest time, I thought the best value for pizza in LA was Papa Johns.  Though, in the past couple of years I’ve discovered there are actually a handful of good pizza places in LA.  They are usually smaller privately owned places.  One such place is Village Pizzeria and it happens to be my favorite.

High ceilings but few seats.

Interior

This is a NY style pizza store in the nice area of Larchmont.  This restaurant is very small, there’s about 10-12 tables max including outdoor seating.  So if you want a seat, come during off hours or order delivery.  You need to live fairly close to get delivery so it might not be a viable option.

Very pizza parlorish menu

Menu

Whoa, just had an earthquake here. 5.9!

Wheeee

Chili Peppers, Oregano, Parmesan Cheese, Garlic

I like peppers cheese and garlic on my pizza.

NY style might be my fav.

Sausage and Mushroom

I like pizza a lot, but for some reason I like NY style the best.  It really features balance and doesn’t hide everything under an inch of cheese.  California style pizza can be decent at times with a lot of alternate toppings and a thin  crispy crust, but for me I’ve always thought it’s better with chewy dough and a minimum of toppings.  For example, pineapple should never be used as a pizza topping.

This pizza was quite delicious with a thin-chewy crust, high quality well seasoned sausage, fresh, not canned mushrooms (which tastes best on thin pizzas)  and good mozzarella cheese.  It’s further enhanced with some chili peppers, parmesan cheese and garlic powder.  This is a perfect example of simple ingredients combined to create delicious flavours.  It’s the perfect pizza to eat during a mainstream sports event or just a lazy afternoon.

Village Pizzeria

Address:  131 N. Larchmont Los Angeles, CA

Phone: 323-465-5566

Hours: mon-thur 11:30 – 9:30 friday sat 11:30 – 10:00 sunday 12:00 – 9:00

Pricing: Med for pizza.  This might be high compared with some lower quality placed but compared to fru fru LA pizza it is quite reasonable.

Food: Pizza.  They have pasta, calzones, salads but I don’t see any reason to get anything else.  Oh, they have a breakfast pizza I might try someday.

Signature Dish: I like the sausage a lot.  It’s very well spiced and I always crave it when I order something else.

Facilities: Small, cramped, not incredibly clean.  You can get delivery but it’s 20 bucks minimum.

Service: Acceptable.  I’ve been here when it can be really bad but this trip it was decent.  It just depends on how busy they are.  I wouldn’t expect much though, it’s a very casual pizza parlor style. restaurant.  They’re friendly at least.


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