By William Kristoph
Village Pizza & Pasta is a staple of Tallahassee. I’ve been there numerous times over 15 years and I enjoy it every time. That said, there are some dishes that totally outshine some others. If I’m sticking around to eat, I always skip the pizza in favor of one of the homemade pasta dishes. They are fantastic, fresh and the sauces are excellent. It’s worth a drive to Village Pizza & Pasta for tasty Italian food.
If I have any complaints, it’s the salad that comes with dinner. The presentation bugs me, with the Ken’s dressing served on the plate in a sealed container. On the bright side, that means the dressing is fresh. On the down side, it looks terrible. Overall, the salad is standard and fine for a warm up, although on this last trip I had a couple of questionable lettuce pieces that I put to the side. That’s forgivable and not a big deal in my eyes.
Garlic knots are usually and afterthought for me. These are very good and are an excellent way to mop up some of the extra marinara sauce in the main course.
I had one bite of my wife’s Fettuccine Alfredo and thought it was excellent. I really, really, really don’t like Alfredo. Village’s Pizza and Pasta’s sauces are that good. She told me she thoroughly enjoyed it and that it made up for one of her past favorites exiting the menu since the last time we visited.
The Baked Ziti is a rock star at Village Pizza & Pasta. It’s a favorite dish of mine at VPP. Village Pizza serves the Baked Ziti bubbling hot, with tons of cheese over the top and mixed with the marinara sauce. The pasta is well cooked, but not overdone. The portion size is just right. I’m never disappointed when I order Baked Ziti there.
Village Pizza & Pasta is worth a look if you’re in the mood for some home cooked Italian food at a reasonable price. I rated Village Pizza & Pasta “I like it” on Urbanspoon.