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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.

Joanne March 26, 2013 at 04:14 PM
there is also a cafe or something called Birch, next to the new cupcake place on Schooleys MTN.. anyone stop in there yet? Pezzo was good, we checked it out, seemed busy at lunch time, we had a selection of slices...but being local, Bob does a lot for the community, so patronage should think about that when craving a slice of pizza
PD73 March 27, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Your article has such a negative vibe! Firstly, I do recognize that Bob does a lot for the community and that is wonderful. BUT, the pizza there and in all the other places is barely OK. Too salty, too rubbery, too blah. We only buy in town when we don't feel like driving - and I don't mean to Mama's who also makes mediocre pizza and boring food. We have been to Pezzo twice and are thrilled to say they are our new go-to pizza place :) You can tell this is an Italian owned restaurant. They know how to make Italian food, period. AND, the article makes it sound like just another dumpy grab a paper plate and a slice and sit in a crummy booth place. It is NICE inside - VERY nice! WELCOME TO LV, PEZZO! I have no doubt you will do well once people hear the good news!
Denobin March 27, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Three cheers for Bob! HE has done many good thing for our community and hopefully all our local merchants are as community minded. That being said, my money goes to the pizza I enjoy the most, so patrons should also think about that when craving a slice of pizza.
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) March 27, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Thanks for the comment and review, PD73. The article was not written with the intentions of being negative whatsoever. Because this is a business article and not a food/restaurant review, we reported on what we saw and what the owner would speak to us about. Hope this helps! Thanks again for the comment!
Liberty March 27, 2013 at 01:48 PM
I did not think the article was negative at all. (PD's comment certainly was.) In fact, it makes me want to try the new place very soon! It's good to have different choices available, not everyone likes the same pizza.
Resident March 27, 2013 at 03:49 PM
I tried out Pezzo II two weeks ago. It was mobbed—after being told there was a 40 minute wait for a regular pie and calimari, I was given a number and I sat down to wait it out. After sitting there for 40 minutes one of the counter people looked at me and asked for my number. As it turns out my pizza had been sitting for 20 minutes because no one bothered to let me know if was done. I got a brusque, half hearted apology. My cold pizza tasted fine, the calimari was rubbery since it had cooled off. I understand the business is new and has growing pains but considering there are 11 pizza places within a several mile range from Califon through Long Valley Pezzo II needs to step up their game. If they had been genuinely apologetic and done something to rectify the mistake (a coupon? a percentage off my cold pizza?) I'd be more likely to go back.
J Hunkins March 27, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Joanne, I just started patronizing Silver Birch a week ago and have been back several times already. My girlfriend and I both enjoy lunch in their modest dining area and look forward to the outdoor seating area that's coming when the weather gets nicer. I've also taken home several containers of soup and baked goods. Jessica knows how to cook and the prices are reasonable. Hopefully Silver Birch and The Little Cake Bakehouse provide enough incentive for people to stop regularly. Good food, done right -- using locally sourced ingredients. [I'm not in any way affiliated with any local business.]
LV Taxpayer March 27, 2013 at 11:11 PM
They should advertise on Restaurant.com, Living Social and Groupon to get exposure. If they're doing stuff for the community, they should make that known - it's a great way to differentiate themselves from the miriad of other pizza places. We personally like the Valley Pub. Good food, great value and friendly service.
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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