Big Bear, Ca - It was the 58th annual Old Miner's Day Parade that brought us to the quaint little city in the mountains. Having a little cheerleader in the family, we as parents get to traverse all over the southland in pursuit of the next parade our princess is marching in. Last Sunday we made the long, beautiful drive up the mountain to Big Bear Lake. Parade entrants check in early, so we take that chance to peruse the local eateries. With parking spots at a premium, we snagged the first spot we saw next to a Starbucks and Village Pizza.
Village Pizza is a family owned and operated restaurant at 40568 Village Drive, Big Bear, Ca. There is a small arcade just in front of the open kitchen, plenty of tables and booths inside, as well as covered tables on the patio. We walked in at 11:30am, right when the doors opened, so we were the first in line for pizza. Village Pizza does not sell pizza by the slice, but a small cheese pizza (10 inch) is only $8.50. We ordered a small salad ($2.95) and a fresh brewed ice tea ($1.95) to go along with our small pizza. The salad was typical side salad fare, though it was very fresh and plenty for the two of us to share. The ice tea was real brewed tea, not fake imitation crap; real tea gets bonus points from me. The cheese pizza was delicious. The crust was light and crispy and cooked to golden perfection. Underneath the pile real California cheese was a sweet tomato sauce to blend it all together. Even two hours later the pizza was excellent.
Village Pizza also serves up soups, sandwiches, pastas and side dishes if you are not in the mood for pizza. Come in before 2pm and take advantage of the lunch special, $5.75 for a personal pan pizza with one topping, a salad and soft drink. For the grown up in the group, Village Pizza also has wine, Burgundy, Blush or Chablis; and a wide variety of domestic and imported beer on tap and in the bottle. Next time you are chillin’ in Big Bear, take a break at Village Pizza. The food is great, the prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is relaxed.