Why would you ever go to an Italian named pub on Saint Patrick’s Day? Well, because it was Third Thursday Tavern Time when a group of us gather to eat pizza, wings, mozzarella sticks with raspberry sauce, and whatever else on the menu sounds cool and inviting.
Apparently, a lot of other people, many wearing the green, also showed up to play trivia, madly root on their bracket teams, or just to party. Luck of the Irish for us, we had reserved a table in a corner behind the speakers where it was still a challenge for the eight of us to communicate around the table. The din was louder than a stadium filled with a GAA governed Gaelic football game.
With pitchers of Ommegang and Guinness on the table the first round of Mozzarella Sticks arrived. While thought to be a bit salty, they were getting thumbs up from the 4Ts trivia team. The raspberry sauce scored a goal and was considered by some the best encountered since the TTTT tour started.
Parmesan-garlic wings and medium-hot regular wings arrived next. Personally, of the two, I preferred the medium-hot wings, but I now know that I would order hotter wings if I were to return. The couple of wings that I tried were meaty and moist, but nothing exceptional. I also would have preferred less Parmesan and garlic on those wings. I’m not sure what others thought (I couldn’t hear them talking very well.)
Our three pizzas arrived soon after. I think there may have been a consensus that the Fra Diavolo was the favorite. It had their homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella, hot Italian sausage, and chopped cherry peppers on top. There was a nice amount of spiciness to it and good sized chunks of decent sausage.
The Villa Special pizza has their tomato sauce, mozzarella, provolone, roasted peppers, onions, and basil. It tasted a bit sweet to me after the Fra Diavolo, but there was a nice creaminess with the blend of cheeses. No spiciness.
The Buffalo Wing pizza was topped with their wing sauce, mozzarella, and chicken. Blue cheese was served on the side. There was some spiciness to the wing sauce, but different and not like the spiciness of the Fra Diavolo. I hadn’t noticed any of this spiciness on those medium wings.
The dough of all the pizzas was flavorful, not too thick, had some char spots along some edges, but lacked any crispiness to its bottom. This did aid, however, in folding a slice while eating.
Considering how busy the place was, I was impressed with the quality of our service. She was patient with us, available when we needed her, and cleared our table of used plates and trays. Did I mention our 4Ts trivia team came in fourth and won tee-shirts?