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Neena's Brick Oven in Sewell...meh.


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Neena's Brick Oven in Sewell...meh.

sockii | Apr 5, 2010 09:43 AM

Any opinions on the pizza here? I went for a non-pizza dinner (just wasn't in the mood as I'd had too much of it the past week, home-cooked so I'm fussy) and was pretty underwhelmed by the rest of the menu. But the pizza looked quite good going out to other tables.

As far as what we ate: started with the fried calamari, pretty much my weakness on a menu when it's prepared well. These were a bit chewy (overcooked) and in a weird batter. The marinara dipping sauce was very good, however -- another reason I think the pizzas might be a better choice. We both ordered entrees off their specials menus. My tuna with spinach, tomato and mozzarella was woefully under-seasoned. I'm usually the last person to reach for the salt in a restaurant but there was truly NO flavor to the dish at all until I added a fair amount of salt and some pepper. I asked for the tuna as rare as possible and it was medium at best. It was served over a huge bed of angel hair pasta which I mostly took home and then tossed out as it was flavorless. Mozzarella really didn't belong on the dish (don't like it with fish to begin with) and was rubbery.

My partner did a little better, maybe, with a pasta special that featured chicken, shrimp, sun dried tomatoes, pesto sauce, and a bunch of other things. Too pesto-heavy for me and the kind of kitchen-sink ginormous pasta dish popular with a lot of the diners in the area.

All in all pretty underwhelming for a $60 bill (we only had soda and water to drink as it's byob.) Again, the pizza looked pretty decent so maybe we just made a mistake on choosing the other menu items instead. Service was rather amateurish as well, asking for dessert/coffee orders while my partner was still finishing his entree. Not in any rush to go back unless the pizza is better than everything else we tried.

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