Tasty tidbits
What: New Gloucester Village
Where: 405 Intervale Road, New Gloucester
Reach them: 926-4224; www.ngvillagestore.com.
Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Why: Brick oven
pizzas, breakfast and lunch items, country store offerings, coffee and a nice
selection of wine.
Atmosphere: Country store with wood floors, brick oven,
large windows and eat-in booths.
Prices: Breakfast items and sandwiches start
at $3.25; pizzas at $9.95.
New Gloucester Village Store
Brick oven
helps bring new feel, new taste this New Gloucester eatery.
T. S.
Staff Writer
One step through the front door and anyone can
see the New Gloucester Village Store is full of history. Built in 1890, the
building has long served the New Gloucester area as some type of store or market
place. For most of the 20th century it was home to the New Gloucester Farmer’s
Union, and from 1980 until just a few months ago it was the Village Store.
2008, new management took over the store, tweaked the name and installed a
large, wood-fired brick oven. Wood plank flooring and large, farmhouse style
windows add to the country feel of the store. Just a 15-minute drive from
downtown Auburn, the store is located, befittingly so, in the historic section
of New Gloucester, just down the street from the elementary school on Intervale
Inside, a self-serve coffee area stands off to the left and there’s a
decent wine section on the wall opposite the entrance. The next room has booth
seating for eating in, and shelves with essentials like flour, snacks, coffee
and soups. A large cooler stocks dairy, soda and alcoholic beverages.
picking up my youngest son from school (you have to love half-day Wednesdays in
Auburn), I called the store to order our brick oven pizza. Pizza topping choices
include the usual — pepperoni, cheese, bacon and sausage — and the not-so-usual
— artichoke hearts, arugula, jalapeños, leeks and pepperoncinis. We decided to
have half bacon and mushroom, half spinach.
Our order was ready by the time
we walked through the store’s doors, so we went to the coolers to choose two
Eli’s sodas before we went to the register. The pizza and drinks were just over
$16 and the woman at the register was quite friendly. The smell of fresh-baked
pizza filled the air, and I couldn’t wait to have lunch.
We took it to go.
Still warm by the time we got home, the first bite was surprisingly different
from most pizzas we’d had. The sauce had a slight bite to it, though not too
spicy. The dough was tasty and the toppings generous; this pizza wasn’t greasy
either. The sauce didn’t overpower the individual tastes of the cheese toppings
and crust, a pleasant change of pace in the world of pizza.
The spinach was
fresh baby spinach, not the canned or frozen variety, and my son was a bit
apprehensive about it. It was really good and I like that there was no
mushiness, as that texture isn’t one I enjoy. The bacon and mushrooms were
delicious also, one of my favorite combinations.
In addition to pizza, the
store offers breakfast items, hot and cold sandwiches, soups and salads.
Catering is also available with items like sandwich plates, cheese and vegetable
plates, lasagna, salad and larger pizza orders.

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