Village Pizza III
7514 North Broadway
Red Hook, NY 12571
Open: Monday-Thursday 11:00am-11:00pm/Friday-Saturday 11:00am-12:00am/Sunday 1:00pm-9:00pm
Cuisine: Italian & Pizza
Branches: In Catskill, NY and Rhinebeck, NY
I came across Village Pizza III when I was visiting Red Hook, NY on a stop through on my way back from President Martin Van Buren’s home in Kinderhook, NY. I had want to visit the town to see of there had been any changes in the town over the last three years since my visit in the Christmas season of 2015.
The sauce on their pizza and pastas is amazing
I had just stopped in for a quick slice of pizza ($1.25) that afternoon and the pizza was amazing. The sauce on the cheese pizza was perfectly spiced and had a rich tomatoy flavor to it. You could taste the high quality tomatoes in the sauce. It was a perfect combination of cheese to the sauce and the crust and bottom were perfectly cooked.
Don’t miss their specialty pizzas
On a recent weekend, I decided to go back and have dinner there when I was visiting Rhinebeck for the Sinterklass Parade weekend. I had gotten there later in the evening and several tables were filled with local families having dinner, which gave the pizzeria a nice family feel to it. Village Pizza III is more of a pizzeria than a restaurant but it does have eight tables for dining.
I ordered the Chicken Parmesan dinner with a side of spaghetti ($8.50) and when the meal came out it could have easily fed two people. The chicken was perfectly breaded and fried out with a large portion of their delicious sauce and mozzarella. Even under the sauce and cheese the chicken was tender and flavorful. There was a large portion size of spaghetti on the side, about a half pound, which made the meal quite large and without a big appetite hard to finish. I ate the whole thing plus the side of bread they gave me on the side.
Their chicken Parmesan is excellent
On my most recent trip to Village Pizza III after a football game in Poughkeepsie, I had a lunch/dinner there and tried their lasagna ($8.95), which was a large portion topped with their wonderful red sauce and lots of gooey cheese. The layers of pasta could have had more ricotta cheese inside of them but still it was flavorful and delicious. It was accompanied by four large pieces of fresh garlic bread and a side salad (for $1.00 extra well worth it). The salad was full of crisp vegetables and was served with a delicious creamy parmesan peppercorn sauce. The garlic bread was a soft long roll cut into two and was loaded with fresh garlic. It was a lot of food for $11.00.
Their lasagna is a gooey delight
Another delicious item I ate recently was their Cheese Calzone ($6.95), that was stuffed to the brim with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses and baked into a golden crust. The outside was soft and chewy and cooked perfectly and the accompanying tomato sauce that is used in all of their dishes has a rich tomato flavor and was spiced.
The Cheese Calzone with sauce
I did notice that when you are not a local they do look you over to see what you are all about but that is a small town for you. They seemed very happy though when I told them how much I enjoyed the meal.
The nice part about the menu is that nothing is over $10.00. The lasagna, stuffed shells and Baked Ziti are all $8.95 and those portion sizes are large too. Their submarine sandwiches range from $6.00 to $7.00 and again from what I noticed from the other diners at the adjoining tables were loaded with ingredients and most people took part of it home.
The service could not have been nicer. The family that runs this Village Pizza are very friendly and so welcoming that you feel like you are part of the community. I have also been the original pizzeria that is downtown Rhinebeck, NY and their food and service are of the same quality. The people that run this three restaurant chain know about good food and friendly customer service. I have not been to their Catskill location yet but I am sure that it is just as good as the other two.
For a very reasonable and high quality meal when you are visiting Upstate New York, take a detour into Red Hook’s downtown for lunch or dinner at Village Pizza III. I know you will enjoy it.