Review: Newport Pizza Company

Discussion (and mini-review): LaRosa’s
June 11, 2009
Five Guys open in Clifton
June 19, 2009

After The Vagina Monologues on Saturday, the cast headed to Mokka/Sunset Grill for drinks (Saturday is Ladies’ Night, $2 wells, drafts, and wine– not bad), and discovered that their kitchen is closed after about 10 PM. No worries– they brought us a menu for Newport Pizza Company, the new pizza place that opened on Monmouth street a few months ago. For the eight of us, we ordered two pies– one pepperoni, and one Zeus, which has fresh basil and tomatoes.

So how is it?


The Zeus was my favorite– both pizzas had the same chewy, handmade crust– very chewy, but not greasy.  Instead of a standard mozzarella, it had asiago and feta, which added some nice saltiness to compliment the sweet tomatoes.  The fresh basil, tomatoes, and garlicky sauce were beautiful together– very light, flavorful and summery.  I can’t help it– I always think of basil when I think of summer.

The pepperoni was next.  This featured a tomato-based sauce, plenty of cheese, and plenty of pepperoni.  Too much, really– though the pepperoni was spicy (very different than LaRosa’s, for example) and delicious, there was just way, way too much grease– several of us had to blot the pepperoni slices.  The flavor was still great, but slightly less pepperoni might have helped the whole experience.


All in all– a huge winner on the pizza front.  I look forward to eating in the restaurant, and trying out a couple of the other pies they offer (the BBQ Chicken looked phenomenal in Veggie Option’s review).

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  • Gotta love a place that has as good of a beer selection as they do. I can’t wait to get back and have some pizza, but it does look terrific.

  • I love pizza, but don’t go out for it much due to the lack of nutritional value. I live in an area where the nationally known brands are at, so I am always on the lookout for privately owned places that offer something unique.

  • Kudos for creative pizza names: “The Zeus”. Sounds appealing. Want to eat it.

  • Sorry I had to miss it! Sounds like it was yummy and fun!

  • They grown their own basil – pots of it are lined up all along one window. So, so good.

    • Nice! I may have to do my own pizza with my own fresh basil… inspiration!

    • Bill

      Window dressing. Did you ask if they use it in their offerings? I did, the server didn’t know. With only 3 plants, I would imagine that it would not last the week.

      • I did, and the server said yes.

  • twitricia

    The pepperoni looks greasy to the eye, but it still looks good. It is nice to see some crust that is thin AND bubbly. Will definitely have to try this weekend!

  • CincyCapell

    That looks like a really great pie.

  • We went there again Saturday night. I took some away and can confirm that even heated up later their BBQ chicken pizza is still bloomin’ tasty!

    • Cool! It’s just a hop, skip and a jump over the river for me, so I may suggest the BBQ the next time we get a pizza craving. Yum!

  • That sounds delicious. I also looooove your new header!

  • Ken

    We have been there 3 Fridays in a row now and get something different every time, the Hawaiian was the best I’ve had. chunks of ham and not slices. Highly recommended

  • Bill

    Another pizza joint, nothing special, mediocre service, average food and price for the area. Not the place to go if you enjoy dining and respectful service.