Villa Nova Pizzeria of New Buffalo, Michigan is not your standard beach town pizzeria. In fact, their recipe comes from the daughter of a Sicilian immigrant who brought Sicilian-style pizza to Stickney, Illinois in the 1950s. I’m not sure how long the New Buffalo location has been in operation, but I hope it stays around awhile for the sake of pizza lovers in the area.
There is a limited amount of inside seating at Villa Nova. However, seeing as how New Buffalo is most popular for summer vacationers, it has a fairly large patio. I took my pizzas to go, so I can’t speak to their dine-in service.
The crust and cheese on the pizzas at Villa Nova are what stood out to me the most. The thin crust was cooked well and had cornmeal on the bottom. It reminded me a lot of Donatos. They also offer a gluten-free crust that I’m told is pretty good. The cheese was rich and placed over the toppings. Their great cheese seemed to mostly mask the taste of the pepperoni, so the cheese was on top in more ways than one. I would definitely order pizza from Villa Nova again if given the opportunity.
What I Ate: Cheese and Pepperoni