I remember an elementary school teacher raving about how Roman Villa Pizza
was the best in town. It’s been nearly 20 years since I stopped by, and at least one thing she said holds true: Get there when they open, or you’re waiting on a table; this spot’s still popping after having been around for 59 years. We order ravioli in meat sauce ($14) and a 10-inch medium veggie pizza ($14.50). The former’s served with choice of house or lettuce-and-dressing Caesar salad, plus bread, butter and those crackers your grandma stuffs in her purse for later. The ravioli’s homemade, but for our money, the pasta’s a little thick, leaving a harder chew where it’s sealed. The filling’s satisfying, and the simple meat sauce adds savoriness, though it tastes canned. The pizza comes piled high with mushrooms, olives, onion, bell peppers, tomatoes and jalapeños. But the veg exudes so much liquid it sogs not only the crust but the cardboard to-go box we use for leftovers. Further, the flavors resolve to a flat olive saltiness.