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Villago (Ballston Lake) . . .ETA?

financialdistrictresident Oct 6, 2013 05:51 AM

Any ETA on Villago?

http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehopping/37325/good-times-in-ballston-lake-closed-will-reopen-as-gourmet-pizzeria/

http://saratogatodaynewspaper.com/ind...

  1. PSZaas Oct 6, 2013 07:04 AM

    They've obviously been working hard on the structure; must have been a lot more work than they anticipated. But their website advertises job interviews next week, so that's a good sign!

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    1. re: PSZaas
      financialdistrictresident Oct 6, 2013 07:16 AM

      Yay!

      Love the new windows.

      When I stopped by Village Pizzeria some time ago Sandy said it needed alot of work. We went once years ago and decor was tired, save the fireplace.

      1. re: financialdistrictresident
        PSZaas Oct 6, 2013 02:37 PM

        Yeah, tired is a good description, and not just of the decor. It was sad to see a business in decline like that. We've been anticipating the opening of Villago eagerly. Sandy said that, unlike Village Pizzeria, Villago will have a full bar, which we also take to be good news.

      2. re: PSZaas
        financialdistrictresident Oct 11, 2013 03:51 AM

        PSZaas, Villago FaceBook page has interior pics.

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        Roger K Oct 15, 2013 05:22 PM

        Latest info from the TH blog:
        http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehoppi...

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        1. re: Roger K
          financialdistrictresident Jan 23, 2014 07:40 AM

          Still not open:

          https://www.facebook.com/VillagoPizzeria

        2. PSZaas Jan 24, 2014 05:16 PM

          Signs have gone up at the intersection of Rt 50 and Outlet Rd., maybe some other places, so it's got to be soon...

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          1. re: PSZaas
            financialdistrictresident Jan 25, 2014 05:51 AM

            Thanks,PSZaas.

            We would have gone last night if they were open :)

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            fisher Feb 6, 2014 08:18 AM

            The facebook page now says March 1st grand opening.

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            1. re: fisher
              financialdistrictresident Mar 11, 2014 11:13 AM

              fisher, as per your post on another thread, they opened last night.

              https://www.facebook.com/VillagoPizzeria

              http://www.villagepizzeria.com/ordere...

              Looks like they will be closed Tuesdays.

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              fisher Feb 25, 2014 09:57 AM

              And now it says March 15th.

              1. PSZaas Mar 15, 2014 09:17 PM

                We ate at Villago last night, during their soft opening phase (but it's open to the public.) The Good Times has been gutted, so Villago is a dining room surrounding a bar, could use some work dimming the lighting a little. Very crowded, boisterously noisy. Full bar service, unlike the E Galway location, somewhat smaller menu (although maybe that's only until they get their bearings in the new place.) About a half-hour wait for a table, and then prompt and attentive service. Gorgonzola/pear/walnut salad, two four-cut pizzas, tasted the same as at Village Pizza. Once it settles down, this will be a great addition to the local scene.

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                1. re: PSZaas
                  financialdistrictresident Mar 16, 2014 06:02 AM

                  Thanks for the report, PSZaas.

                  Good to hear the pizza is the same as Village Pizzeria.

                  I thought the openness of the room might contribute to the noise factor. Though, light and airy with lake views trumps tired and dark.

                  Just curious, what kind of crowd?

                  I wonder if they'll take reservations? We won't wait half an hour for a table.

                  I think they're open for lunch so I may go for lunch first.

                  We're looking forward to going.

                  1. re: financialdistrictresident
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                    Roger K Mar 16, 2014 08:42 AM

                    Very interesting experience posted by this reviewer on Yelp. Seems like they should have already figured out how to deal with this type of situation at their other location.

                    http://www.yelp.com/biz/villago-pizze...

                    1. re: Roger K
                      financialdistrictresident Mar 16, 2014 09:03 AM

                      Very interesting indeed, Roger K.

                      You would think . . .I wonder how many people order split pies?

                      Sounds like they still have some kinks to work out or training/procedure issues ("Let me check on the pricing/upcharge of a split pie BEFORE you order.").

                      One less customer (& their friends) for me to compete with for a table :)

                      I was curious if they would draw a North Clifton Park crowd.

                      1. re: Roger K
                        financialdistrictresident Mar 30, 2014 04:30 AM

                        Another post on Yelp mentions the muddy parking lot, which I have also experienced. Next time I go I'll wear my rain boots and carry my shi-shi shoes :)

                        Makes it challenging for the stroller and wheelchair folks.

                        Now that the "money pit" is behind them and they are in their "soft open" phase, I hope the owners will get it paved soon.

                      2. re: financialdistrictresident
                        PSZaas Mar 16, 2014 09:02 AM

                        The lakeside wall of the restaurant is now glass (I don't remember if this is new, but I don't remember seeing the lake from the Good Times), and would provide a beautiful view. We ate on Friday night late, and there was no lake view to be had (although maybe they could light their dock?) Mostly local crowd, so far as I could tell; I recognized a few Round Lakers. The bar is available while you wait for a table, but I suspect the wait was a function of the night of the week and the novelty of the restaurant.

                        The menu is smaller than the E. Galway restaurant, more pub-grubby (burger, wings, salads, pizza, panini) but I don't know if this is the permanent menu they envision or not.

                        1. re: PSZaas
                          financialdistrictresident Mar 16, 2014 09:27 AM

                          Thanks, PSZaas.

                          They might want to test the menu and pricing. We've tried many dishes at their E. Galway restaurant and the apps (eggplant fries, salads, squash blossoms when in season, etc.) and pizza are our favorites.

                          I'm also curious about the wine list. Not as extensive?

                          1. re: financialdistrictresident
                            PSZaas Mar 16, 2014 05:38 PM

                            Not as extensive; this is not a wine bar like the other location tries to be. But it's still a pretty detailed wine list for what's essentially a lakefront pub; lots of good choices at decent prices. I drank hard cider. (My pizza was eggplant, calamata, and fontina cheese; don't remember fontina cheese on the Village Pizza menu. Was delicious.) They really make delicious eggplant.

                            1. re: PSZaas
                              financialdistrictresident Mar 16, 2014 06:56 PM

                              Thanks, PSZaas.

                    2. financialdistrictresident Mar 16, 2014 06:54 PM

                      Managed to find our way to Villago. They have been open for almost a week.

                      They don't take reservations, not sure if this will change in the future. Went at an off hour so parking was okay and the 1st floor dining room wasn't overly loud and crowded. Took a peak at the second floor dining room. A perfect place to have a private party. A few kinks need to be worked out but overall we had a very good experience.

                      Wine list is more limited than their Galway reastaurant. That said, reasonable wine mark-up.

                      We got there at dusk so we enjoyed the lake views and the fireplace (about all that remains from the former Good Times). As previously posted, ambience could be enhanced with dimmer lighting.
                      Music would also be a good addition (it was on and off while we were there).
                      We started with the arancini. Two large rice balls, nicely crisped and drizzled with pesto on a bed of marinara sauce.

                      We ordered two individual (4 slice) pizzas. One with hot peppers. Instead of hot cherry peppers they inadvertantly put fresh jalapenos. Our server asked if it was okay and we said no worries. The other pizza was fig, gorgonzola and arugula. Both were delicious and reminiscent of pizzas we had at Village Pizzeria.

                      We learned from our server they had problems with their pizza ovens this week. Can't imagine what a long week it has been for the owners and their family and staff. Sandy and her daughter Jessica were there.

                      We finished our meal with espresso, a sambuca and frangelico.

                      Our server was Janet. Service was cordial and professional.

                      We will definitely return and are happy to have such a good restaurant in Ballston Lake.

                      1. financialdistrictresident Mar 26, 2014 12:28 PM

                        Gone back a few more times. They have cloth napkins and a few desserts now :) Bar stools are more comfortable than the blue, wood chairs. Lake views are still amazing.

                        Tried the fried calamari. Very good. Not too heavily breaded or overcooked. A few thinly sliced lemons were fried with the calamari.

                        One time my pizza crust was thin and another time medium. Otherwise, pretty consistent on the food front so far.

                        Can they clone Janet? She is everything a server should be.

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