Max and Leo’s: Newton’s Best Pizza?
4 bar stools, 2 tables, 5 seats along side counter and a 900-degree oven. That’s what you get when you walk into the latest pizza shop to open in Newton. Where Max and Leo’s may lack in space they certainly make up for in their pizza.
What: Local pizza joint with small dine-in space, bar and large take-out business. Pizza is cooked so quickly you will barely have time to finish a beer while you wait. This relaxed atmosphere has two modest tvs (on mute) with chill music playing overhead.
Food: Pretty much everything they cook at Max and Leo’s goes into their coal-fired pizza. Be it pizza, wings or hot dogs, there are magical things going on inside that oven.
Lin’s Favorite: L’Oscar (White Olive Oil Pizza with Italian Sausage, Caramelized Onions, Wild Mushrooms, Mascarpone & Mozzarella Cheese; $14.95)
Where sweet and savory meet; sweet caramelized onions go hand in hand with the flavorful Italian sausage.
Despite being a huge fan of Max and Leo’s pizza sauce, Jon’s favorite is an olive oil and pesto based pie, topped with fresh chunky tomatoes and grilled chicken. All of the flavors are well-proportioned and provide a lighter alternative to the meat-heavy and delicious Paradigm pie.
Runner Up: Margarita (Fresh Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese & Basil; $10.95)
A simple margarita pizza is typically how we judge any pie joint, and Max and Leo’s passes with flying colors. Simple red sauce, sliced mozzarella and topped with fresh basil (after it comes out of the oven). Their pizza passes the “fold” test: the crust is thin, then crispy enough to gently fold and eat with one hand.
Local Favorite: Blue Ribbon (made with Blue Ribbon Pulled pork* BBQ Glaze, Pulled Pork, Caramelized Onions, Smoked Mozzarella topped with BBQ sauce; $14.95)
Max and Leo’s reached out to their Newton’s Blue Ribbon BBQ to create a neighborhood favorite. Sweet pulled pork and caramelized onions are paired with smoked mozzarella for a winning combination.
Make Your Own: Margarita with Sopressata ($10.95 base, plus $2.50 for meat topping)
Let your creative juices flow and make your own pie! For available toppings, click here.
Arugula Salad (with Roasted Corn, Shaved Parmesan with Lemon Vinaigrette; $8.00)
If you feel like starting with something on the healthy side, try the arugula salad. Simple arugula is tossed with a very light vinaigrette and topped with sweet roasted corn and fresh shaved parmesan. If you want to make this your meal, add grilled chicken.
Chipotle Wings (with house made Max and Leo’s salsa; $10.50)
Max and Leo’s has a couple of different wing flavors but availability changes on a daily basis. No matter your choice, they will come out of the oven piping hot; skin is crisp and meat is juicy. (And don’t be fooled; these are not your typical buffalo wings. If that’s what you’re looking for, head right down the street to Buff’s.)
Coal-fired Hot Dogs (two all-beef dogs with up to two toppings of your choice, served with chips; $5.95)
Who doesn’t like hot dogs? Especially when you can add up to two toppings from their list at no additional charge! I went with caramelized onions, but there are so many possibilities!
Next on our list: Coal-Fired Nachos
Nachos with cheese melted in a 900-degree oven? Sure. Nachos with up to three toppings from their pizza topping list? Yes please! If you try them before we do, let us know your thoughts!
Drink: Beer and Wine
Max and Leo’s only serves beer and wine, and have a nice selection of draft beer. Wine is well-priced although the selection is limited.
Where: 325 Washington Street, Newton Corner. There is a small parking lot behind the building for Max and Leo’s customer.
There are several reputable pizza places that are all within walking distance for us. Yet we’ve found ourselves hopping in the car for a quick yet delicious weeknight dinner. Each visit has been a success (read: consistent!) and we keep going back for more!
Have you tried Max and Leo’s yet?