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Pezzo II Joins Pizza Parade in Long Valley

Owner of new business confident his product will stand out among the rest.

The sign above the counter reads, “The Best Pizza in Town.”

It’s only been a month since Pezzo Pizza II opened its doors in the Valley Village Mall on East Mill Road, but owner Mario Andriano is confident he can back up that claim.

Andriano, who also owns Pezzo Pizza I in Newton, doesn’t see a problem with opening a pizza place in an area where three other similar businesses are close enough to be smelled on a warm day.

“If you make good stuff and you’re confident in your product, what does it matter where you open?” Andriano said.

The new-to-Long Valley business owner said he loves to make pizza and is excited for locals to try out the new shop. Foot traffic in the first month has been good so far, he said.

Pezzo II has a dozen tables and booths for walk-ins to use, and the menu offers everything from pizza to sandwiches, dinner entrees and dessert. A large painting on the back wall in addition to other colorful adornments give the shop an Italian flair.

Next-door neighbors Pinky Salon and the other local businesses have been supportive so far, Andriano said, and the employees are “good, nice people.”

The retail space occupied by Pezzo II was vacant for more than a year, and was previously filled with Quizno Subs.

Pezzo II joins Phil’s Pizza, Bob’s Long Valley Pizza, Deli & Bagel, Cornerstone Tavern & Grill, and Andrea’s Dining Room as Long Valley restaurants that offer pizza and sandwiches.

On the other side of the township, the Schooley’s Mountain General Store and Roman Pizza in Hastings Square also offer pizza.

Pezzo II is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.

SeaShelly March 27, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Our family moved to LV a little over a year ago. I am Italian and my husband and I both enjoy a good Italian meal and slice of pizza. I have to admit upon moving here there was little to complain about, the area was great...but the pizza left a LOT to be desired. We are big proponents on supporting the community and small business, that being said we would still buy from Phil and Bob's and we do like them both as people as well. However, we were craving a better, more quality pizza/Italian cuisine. We would drive several miles to get a decent pie. Now, we are very happy to welcome Pezzo. We have enjoyed their pies immensely. We just order ahead because they are pretty mobbed now being new and also having good prices right now. We are thrilled to have a new, great place to get a good slice of pizza closer by.
LV Common Sense March 31, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Just went to Pezzo Pizza last night, our second meal there. Had the veal parmesan dinner which was very good for under $16, and included a side a pasta, a salad and garlic bread for that price. Had the pizza the first time, and it joins Andrea's Dining Room (fka Splash) and Schooley's Mountain General Store as the best pizza in town. Bob is a great guy, and I still stop there for breakfast sandwiches, but the pizza is not good. It's typical Jersey pizza: Bland sauce and oily cheese on cardboard tasting rubbery crust. Cornerstone and Phil's are the same as Bob's. Only other decent pizza around is Bella's in Chester. But all of these pale in comparison to good NY coal oven thin crust pizza (Grimaldi's or Lombardi's) or Chicago thin crust (sweet sauce on a crispy crust). Just my opinion of course...
maggie April 07, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Sorry but Bob's outdoes Pezzo's, Pezzo's dough was not good, and the cheese lacked quality and I haven't heard much good about it other than 'have you been to the new place'.... I have and I choose Bob's.
carol April 29, 2013 at 09:42 PM
I love Pezzo Pizza!!! By far, some of the best pizza in the area. I loved their food in Pezzo Pizza 1 and would drive there from Mt. Olive just for dinner (Pezzo 1 is in Andover - not a trip around the corner) at least twice a month. The people who work there are friendly and the owners always great you with a smile. the food is amazing!!! Never had Bob's, never will...Pezzo is the place for me
carol April 29, 2013 at 09:51 PM
* greet you with a smile. also reading the comments above. I understand that supporting the community is important, but this place has been open about a month or two, give them a chance to contribute to the new community. They are good people and make amazing food.

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