I’ve become weary of trying pizzerias in Lexington.
Yes, I’m a pizza snob, tried and true. Sadly that has effected my ability to fairly grade Lexington’s pizzerias, so unless I review Goodfellas I’m not going to be kind. Just because I don’t like Joe B’s and Fat Katz doesn’t mean no one else will. Although I didn’t really care for Joe B’s other items either, so…um…lets move on.
Village Host’s pizza wasn’t bad, really, it just wasn’t good either. It was very similar to Joe B’s, however the crust was crisper. Go try it and see for yourself, as my review wouldn’t be fair. However I’d like to add this:
When I ordered an individual pizza with pepperoni and garlic, the way they constructed the pizza itself kind of irked me. The garlic was from a can – understandable as they require large quantities of it – but that’s not what bothered me: the garlic was just plopped onto the pizza in globs. It wasn’t spread around evenly; actually it wasn’t spread around at all. There were just mounds of it on each slice. I love garlic, but not so much as to crave a mouth full of it. You have no idea how petty and stupid I feel complaining about this, but spreading it around would have taken two seconds.
After this meal I made the decision to never again review pizza. I’m overly critical, and the ability to offer an unbiased opinion is extremely important when it comes to reviewing any restaurant. Lexington pizza isn’t NY or Chicago pizza, and it never will be, so I have to make sure I stop grading it on a curve.
On other visits we enjoyed their vast salad bar, which offers pretty much everything you’d ever need for a salad at a fair price. We also tried their Garlic chips, which was essentially garlic cheesy bread. For some it may be a little oily, but that’s to be expected since it’s brushed with garlic butter.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the bartender(s) at Village Host really knows his or her (their?) stuff. I’m not sure if it’s one person or if Host just does a fantastic job teaching their staff how to properly mix a drink, but I’ve never had a bad drink here. The Long Island Ice Tea was nice and strong, with not too much sour mix or any other ingredient. The Woodford Old Fashioned was perfect, as was the Lemon Drop Martini. If you’re of age and you enjoying drinking, check out their selection, as it’s both expansive and moderately priced.
The only real complaint I have with Village Host was the service. On our third visit, it took five minutes for them to even greet us at the door. They weren’t busy – or at least not “five minutes of customers standing near the door alone” busy – and yet we didn’t even get looked at until a waitress walked by and noticed we were just standing at the entrance, looking around.
On each visit, our waiter/waitress attended to us in what can best be described as “spurts”. We would go five-ten minutes without seeing anyone, then we would see our server three times in three minutes. this happened the first two times we were there, while the third time our waiter was a little bit more attentive. They were all friendly, but we kept thinking they died half way through our meal.
One such visit, it took 14 minutes for our appetizer of cheese fries. I honestly don’t know why it would take so long for these to reach our table. Lets break down the ingredients to cheese fries
Now the bacon bits are precooked. The fries should take about three to five minutes to cook, and then the cheese and bacon should be placed on top of the fries, then thrown into a microwave or placed under a heat lamp so the cheese can melt. There was barely anyone at Village Host at the time and the serving size didn’t warrant such a long wait. It was also one of the smaller portions of cheese fries we’ve ever received.
So what did I like at Village Host? The atmosphere and the meatball sandwich. The Meatballs are cooked daily, and they tasted great! From anything on the menu, I’d recommend this over all. The bread was nice, the sauce was canned but that’s fine, but the meatballs were just perfect. Kudos!
As for the atmosphere, Village Host is perfect for a UK game. Some establishments claim that there are TVs for everyone, but at Village there truly is a TV for everyone, practically one TV for everyone four or five people. Large TVs, great drinks and a friendly (albeit somewhat flighty) staff make it a favorite of many a Lexingtonian.
So while I didn’t like the pizza – don’t listen to me. Go try it and judge for yourself! If you don’t like it, wash it down with a nice Woodford or – my favorite – Wild Turkey Honey. Lexington pizza isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a go.
Overall – Lets say a C.
- John G