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Alfredo’s Pizza Villa

Posted by MEZ 13 Apr 2010 27 Comments

Alfredo’s Pizza Villa is a Chapel Hill pizzeria that recently opened a new location in Southwest Durham. Inside, you can get whole pizzas, slices, calzones, subs, and pasta. There’s plenty of inside seating with little atmosphere provided by the dark blue walls and brick interior, but the outdoor seating area seemed quite nice.

We started with a caesar salad.

One salad was good to serve two to three people as an appetizer. It came with a small slice of bread. The lettuce was cut into huge bites; you definitely need to divvy it up into smaller bits. The parmesan was of the sprinkle variety.

The main event came up next.

Alfredo’s is a definitely a great choice for pizza. I’m not sure about the rest of their menu items, but the pizza was really yummy. We ordered a 16” white pizza that comes with mozzarella, spinach, tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and feta cheese. The flavors combined really well: the spinach and feta were especially bright, and just the right amount of olive oil was used. They might have gone a little overboard with the basil. The crust was also worth noting. It was too thin in the middle for me, making for droopy pizza for the first few bites (New Yorkers might like this) but the crust was almost pillowy on the outer edge with a crisp outer shell. There was lots of garlic, too. It was a great pizza.

I don’t think I’d be drawn again to Alfredo’s if the pizza weren’t so good. But that was definitely impressive enough to give them another try.

Alfredo’s Pizza Villa
1125 West NC Highway 54, Suite 301
Hope Valley Commons, Durham
Website
Pizzas: $9.95–$22.95
Pastas, Calzones, Subs: $5.50–$7.50
By the Slice: $2.25–$2.75

Reviewed 4.1.10

27 Comments »

  • anon said:

    this blog has gone downhill… fast. stop hitting strip malls for food. carpe durham, to me, “was” a great blog because it turned over stones to find places that served great, authentic food in our fine city of durham. hell, you guys even reviewed a chubby’s tacos in woodcroft with no mention of the 9th street institution. it’s almost as if (yikes) your new batch of reviewers are new to durham. that in itself is fine, but at least know durham a little bit before you throw a review up.

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    Bill replies on April 13th, 2010 at 3:21 pm:

    Nothing wrong with strip mall locations. Alfredo’s has great NY style pizza – as good as I have had lately. As for knowing Durham, I am a native and still appreciate the site.

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    RPP replies on April 13th, 2010 at 3:25 pm:

    I am pretty sure that not linking to the 9th Street Chubby’s review was just an oversight, not ignorance of the prior location’s existence.

    About your other point, fair enough. But not everyone is excited about eating at the type of places that YAR and I liked to visit. I think TUF and DID do a good job of covering that area. I also think there is lots of value to the type of review MEZ posts. YAR and I were underinclusive in our reviews–not because we don’t love other types of restaurants or think they don’t warrant attention, but because we had limited time and resources. (And I disagree that being in a strip mall means anything about the review-worthiness of a restaurant.)

    In our view, Carpe Durham will be at its best when it has regular reviews of restaurants of all types. Since we moved, we have been seeking contributors who are excited about reviewing the types of places we used to review. They just don’t exist in large numbers, and the ones that do exist are not able to devote as much time to the blog as we were.

    I encourage MEZ and others to keep posting their reviews. I also encourage people seeking different types of reviews to get involved in this community site so it can be useful and fun for as many people as possible.

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    MEZ replies on April 13th, 2010 at 3:45 pm:

    Thanks for the support, RPP. I did consider linking to the post on the 9th Street Chubby’s in that report, but thought it was already known that it was on the site already since it’s been a very popular post. I’ll add the link in over there.

    I have to admit, anon, I’m confused about the strip malls problem–aren’t most of Carpe Durham’s reviews either of places in strip malls, trucks, or gas stations? Is it just that these two are in Southwest Durham rather than east/central/old west/north durham? Every time I’m driving by somewhere I haven’t been in those areas of town, I get excited only to pull out my list of reviewed spots and find that they’ve been done here already! I’m always open for recommendations of places to report on.

    For the record, I’ve lived in town 4.5 years.

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    DID replies on April 14th, 2010 at 11:47 am:

    As one of the writers who tries to cover those lesser known, more “dive” joints – I do have to admit that as the site gets older it gets harder to find those places that haven’t been covered.

    YAR and RPP did such a good job when they were in town, the classics have been done. There are some spots on Alston and Hollaway that I have my eye on, so keep reading.

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    judas_escargot replies on April 14th, 2010 at 2:57 pm:

    Man… seems Chubby’s sure is a lightning rod for elitist foodie douchebags lately. Funny how people get all riled up about their Mexican street food.

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  • burgeoningfoodie said:

    Is the Alfredo’s in University Mall still going? I had heard that Alfredo himself had become ill or stopped working there and that the pizza’s had gone downhill. In the photo above, the crust of the pizza looks undercooked. Please don’t mistake that for NY-Style pizza. Just because it has a thin crust doesn’t automatically make it NY Style.

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    MEZ replies on April 13th, 2010 at 3:49 pm:

    I believe that the University mall location is still going strong. It’s on their website at least, with this new location being only a passing mention at the top. What is the official definition of NY pizza? I thought long, skinny slices was the main component and would love to know what else makes a pizza NY-style.

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    JS replies on April 13th, 2010 at 4:19 pm:

    If anything, the pizza in NY is slightly overdone, giving it that great char flavor. The pizza in the picture above, like with all the “NY-style” pizza I’ve had in NC, is definitely undercooked. When you use a thin crust and don’t let it get cripy enough, you get soggy pizza. But then, maybe some places here started out the NY way and got lots of complaints from “burnt” pies.

    These are my favorite definitions of NY pizza (from Di Fara’s in Brooklyn):

    (Round) http://brooklynbelly.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/dsc06936.jpg
    (Square) http://gosstronomy.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/difara_sicilian.jpg

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    MEZ replies on April 15th, 2010 at 11:07 am:

    Ah, so the charred crust is a requirement. Yeah, Alfredo’s white pizza wouldn’t qualify then. I do love some char in my food so I need to try some more authentic NY pizza!

    judas_escargot replies on April 14th, 2010 at 2:46 pm:

    The pizza is here is fine, if anything not consistent at times though. Tell them you want your pie a little done on the bottom and stack your slices on top of each other when you eat them if you want to feel like you’re in NY. And protip, don’t buy the slices if they’ve obviously been sitting out all day which they sometimes do at Alfredo’s. They’re not the best, but they’re in my top three for Durham area NY/”neapolitan” style pizza.

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    MEZ replies on April 15th, 2010 at 11:07 am:

    Good tip, I will definitely ask for extra done next time I go.

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    Carmella replies on May 10th, 2010 at 1:39 pm:

    FYI Alfredo is NOT sick and works about 90 hours a week between the two stores. Alfredos was just voted BEST PIZZA in Chapel Hill for the second year. I suggest you judge the food for yourself as everyone has their own opinion. The new store had brand new ovens and if any of you knew anything about pizza New York style or other you would know that it takes a while to get the oven bricks broken in. The ovens in University Mall are 20 plus years old. Alfredos uses only the best ingredients and never buys down to save a penny. Alfredo has tweeked his recipe to satisfy what his customers want. If you want a pizza “cooked” a certain way…just ask. The pizza makers are very talented! Alfredo’s son is running the Durham store and everything is done to Alfredo’s standards. Just give it a try…there is a reason he has been so successful and it goes far beyond the food. Alfredo knows the community and has been apart of it for over 15 years now. He loves what he does and takes pride in it. More than I can say for alot of places I have eaten. They are getting ready to remodel the University Mall space this summer to include TV’s and beer/wine! They will be adding an outdoor patio and an outside entrance. Alfredo is just getting ready for another great 15 years serving wonderful people in our community the BEST food he possibly can.Bringing Alfredo’s to Durham has been wonderful. That location has only just begun! Watch out for live music this summer and lots of new menu items! PS-Alfredo is WELL aware of Neopolitan Pizza, serving to someone that is not…they would think it was burnt. You can only try to please everyone. God Bless and have a great day! Go Eat some PIZZA!!

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  • Tonto Alexander said:

    As long as that moron from “I Found Happy” or whatever it’s called now isn’t posting, this blog can manage to keep its dignity. But once she gets going, forget about it.

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    YAR replies on April 14th, 2010 at 11:17 pm:

    I can’t imagine why that was called for!

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    JEN replies on May 12th, 2010 at 2:52 pm:

    Hahaha LOVE IT Tonto ;) Way to contribute!

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  • Jowlson said:

    I have seen Alfredo at the new location right when it opened, but I don’t know how much of a presence he has there. I have to say, we were big fans of the Univ Mall location. However, the new location has been disappointing. My main issue is the crust, which was underdone, the last time I went. And the ingredients seem to be inferior as well.

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  • RG said:

    I have to say…I was dissapointed also, we’ve been 3 different times as we live just down the road. I would have to say the pizza over at Randy’s is better…and thats not saying a whole lot. We also tried the wings, which came out abit soggy and uninspiring.

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  • Sant said:

    Alfredo is from Italy– Naples I believe– so I doubt his intention is to make NY-style charred crust pizza. Frankly, I don’t like charred crust, the burnt parts create a bitter aftertaste that overwhelms the other flavors. Alfredo’s joint in University Mall is one of my favorite pizza places so I am happy he has branched out into Durham and kudos to MEZ and CD for covering this expansion.

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    burgeoningfoodie replies on April 15th, 2010 at 4:22 pm:

    I hate to say this but the pizza in the photo above doesn’t even do Naples Pizza any favors. The pizza from Naples also has a somewhat darkened crust (if not charred and slightly blistered crust) and is typically a little more free formed (not perfectly round like you get here). I had heard good things about his joint in University Mall which is why I asked about it earlier.

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    Sant replies on April 19th, 2010 at 10:53 am:

    I wouldn’t draw any conclusions based a photo…

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  • Alan said:

    I hate “foodies”. Food is supposed to be fun, interactive and most importantly, taste. What shouldn’t matter is where it’s made, whether that be a stripmall, a van, a stand-alone restaurant or wherever else. Furthermore, how DARE anyone judge food by a photograph, especially when you haven’t tasted it! And for anyone here who thinks they can do better, then please do so and invite us all over to your place, so we can publically rake you over the coals.

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    MEZ replies on April 15th, 2010 at 8:23 pm:

    Just in case it got lost in the comments, I actually loved the pizza, but I am no authenticist (yes I just made that up). Still a foodie though, meaning I get ridiculously more involved in pondering my meals than I probably should.

    I’ve heard high praise of Alfredo’s tiramisu, too.

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    burgeoningfoodie replies on April 16th, 2010 at 2:08 pm:

    And I wasn’t meaning to judge the food.. just the way it looked and the jargon being tossed about. I don’t care (health standards not withstanding) where it is made. I’ll never be a foodie at least in my mind and hence the name because I don’t want to get to level of snobbery associated with it. I am trying to broaden my palate and experience different things or better versions of the same thing. I enjoy the food at some chains just as much as some local purveyors of the same food type, but if I had the choice I’d go with the local.. now that I’m getting off track I’m going to stop :-p

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    Gilgamesh replies on April 17th, 2010 at 3:12 am:

    Have some lunch. Enjoy. Unless you are the new Carpe Durham. In that case: you must hate what you eat!

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  • LBD said:

    I ate at the U Mall Alfredos yesterday and probably won’t be back anytime soon. The cheese seemed to be of a poorer quality than what they had been using. The sauce had a texture and flavor closer to tomato paste than sauce not to mention there was a good inch of it between the bone and the cheese. I did eat at the new location not too long after it opened, better than what I had yesterday but not my favorite. I’m biased since I’ve known Randy since he first bought the Tony’s Pizza at U Mall WAY back when but I like his by the slice better along with IP3 on Franklin St.

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    Carmella replies on May 10th, 2010 at 1:21 pm:

    Just FYI Randy NEVER owned the Tony’s at Umall. The reason he opened his own store was because the mall wouldn’t let the owner sell it to him.

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