Review: Neo Pizza

By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 22, 2012

We ordered a caprese panini ($6.75) to take out, with tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, and balsamic. It was oven-baked with Neo's homemade focaccia, and it made a nice lunch for both of us. The menu emphasizes that the paninis are piacere — "as you like it" — and that philosophy extends to all items, as evidenced by our entrée and also by a quartet of regulars at the bar.

After Neo's big win in 2006, owners Charlie and Peggy Adamonis expanded their tiny storefront into an adjoining space, creating a 28-seat dining room and a 10-seat bar, with a room divider between. We were sitting where we had a view of the TV over the bar, and when the bartender/waitress disappeared to catch the phone, the remote was up for grabs.

One of the guys switched from the disaster flick, 2012, to a figure-skating competition. He was teased for his interest in a "non-sport," though one of his mates admitted that the skater had a nice body. The bartender returned and chimed in: "Couples skating is one of the most difficult sports!" Nonetheless, the remote was grabbed up, and 2012 jumped back on the screen. Piacere!

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