Village Pizzeria in Hollywood is LA’s version of New York pizza. Located on Larchmont Street, it isn’t really a Hollywood-style place at all, which is pretty comforting to someone like me who doesn’t work in the entertainment industry. To test the place out, I went with a friend of mine.
Since we were unable to compromise on a pizza that we both liked, we decided to go halfsies. I got my half in the pepperoni style, while she agreed to the pepperonis, but also ordered a disturbing fungus called mushrooms. Unnecessarily worried, I also ordered some garlic rolls in the expectation that the pizza wouldn’t be enough food for me.
After about 20 minutes, our pizza was prepared. This thing was massive and I definitely didn’t need the garlic rolls. When I looked at the pizza, I felt as though there was a small-scale war unraveling on the cheese as the mushrooms were attempting to take over the pie. Luckily, I wouldn’t let this happen. I scanned the pizza for any straggler mushrooms, which are always a danger when a pizza gets multiple toppings. There were none, good for Village Pizzeria.
I started eating my giant pepperoni slices. The dough wasn’t anything amazing, but I did love the New York style of it. Maybe it really is just something in the water in New York. I was disappointed by was the relative scarcity of pepperoni on the pizza. Perhaps I wouldn’t have noticed this if there weren’t mushrooms, but the side with the mushrooms almost revealed no cheese, while my side seemed like a cheese pizza with a dash of pepperoni. The garlic rolls were actually quite dry, but powerful in garlic taste.
Eventually I finished the majority of my pizza and my garlic knots and was plenty full. I would have preferred some more pepperoni in my stomach, but at least the pizza was huge and not overly expensive.