Vinny's New York Pizza & Pasta

Countryside Square Shopping Center, Ruckersville, Virginia

By Patricia B. Mitchell, 2006.

Vinny's New York Pizza & Pasta

A dining alcove at Vinny's.

An acquaintance in Culpeper, Virginia, suggested that we try Vinny's in Ruckersville. We followed his advice and found the unassuming little eatery in a strip mall (see map). It had a pleasant atmosphere, and the waitstaff was helpful.

Our “informant” in Culpeper had recommended the cheese pizza, extra-crispy. Our son Jonathan took the advice, asking for an extra-crispy crust on his personal-size pepperoni pizza ($6.54). The pizza was good, but the crust was not particularly crispy.

Henry and I got the cheese pizza. In my opinion it did not have enough tomato sauce. Next time I'll request more. Nevertheless, the flavor was pleasing though mild, and the crust was light. We added lots of crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning, and cheese to perk up the pizza. (We also tried the garlic powder, but that stuff just doesn't hold a candle to fresh garlic.)

Sarah ordered the homemade Cream of Broccoli and Cheese Soup ($3.95). It was extremely rich and delicious.

Henry and I also split a House Salad with blue cheese dressing. The salad was fresh, and the blue cheese dressing (Ken's) was chunkier than usual — quite pleasant.

Vinny's, which was established in 1982, offers many different pasta dishes, “heroes,” soups, salads, and pizzas. “Munchies,” “Things,” and food “For 'Da Kids” are also available.

I would like to return to this promising restaurant. I would know better what to ask for next time.

Vinny's New York Pizza & Pasta

House Salad.

Vinny's New York Pizza & Pasta

Cheese Pizza.

Vinny's New York Pizza & Pasta

Cream of Broccoli and Cheese Soup.

Vinny's New York Pizza & Pasta

Pepperoni Pizza.