What is Vodka Sauce?

Penne pasta with vodka sauce

While vodka sauce is one of the most popular pasta sauces on the Salerno’s Pizza menu, we get questions from the uninitiated all the time. They ask us, what is vodka sauce? What’s in vodka sauce? What does vodka sauce taste like? What meat goes with vodka sauce? We want all of our customers from Berwyn to Plainfield to discover how delicious this classic red sauce is, so take a look at all the answers to your vodka sauce questions below! Afterward, we invite you to try our pasta with vodka sauce near Oak Park!

What’s in Vodka Sauce? 

Vodka sauce is a tomato-based sauce that’s spiked with a hint of vodka for extra tanginess, then softened with a splash of heavy cream that gives the sauce a gorgeous reddish-orange color. It can be used in a wide variety of Italian recipes.

What Does Vodka Sauce Taste Like? 

Despite the name, Forest Park diners won’t taste any alcohol harshness or get a buzz with our vodka sauce. During the cooking process, the alcohol evaporates, leaving behind a hint of tanginess that enhances the brightness of the tomatoes and peppers. It’s also balanced with pungent garlic and onion that’s slowly simmered with Italian herbs until smooth. Romeoville diners especially love the splash of cream at the end that makes the sauce velvety and decadent. 

Vodka sauce has a thick and rich texture that makes it a great partner for penne and rigatoni because the sauce can nestle into the pasta. If you like a hearty marinara but also appreciate the richness of an alfredo sauce, chances are you’ll love our vodka sauce pasta near Oak Park. 

What Meat Goes with Vodka Sauce?

While many Naperville vegetarians love vodka sauce, it’s a great fit for seafood like shrimp, or even lobster if you’re feeling extra fancy. Vodka sauce also makes for a great twist on classic chicken Parmigiana. While its subtle flavor might be overpowered by flavorful meatballs, it’s a tasty partner for veal, too.

Popular Vodka Sauce Dishes

Vodka sauce is quite versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes. Some of the most popular vodka sauce dishes include: 

  • Vodka Sauce Pizza – Put a creative twist on your favorite pizza and replace the marinara sauce with a rich vodka sauce.
  • Penne alla Vodka – This popular recipe consists of penne pasta tossed in vodka sauce and topped with freshly-grated parmesan cheese.


Find Out What Vodka Sauce is Firsthand at Salerno’s Pizza! 

Are you ready to get a taste of our vodka sauce? We can’t wait for you to try it! Join us at any of our locations. We’re conveniently located near both Brookfield and Riverside. You can purchase our vodka sauce by the quart when you order from our catering menu. Get more information about our menu offerings or catering when you contact any of our locations. Or browse our menu and start planning dinner tonight.

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