By Samantha Plumley and Leanne Signoriello – 1851 Staff
Max and Leo’s Artisan Pizza is conveniently located in Newton Corner, where you are guaranteed quality comfort food in a great environment, all at a lovable price.
First impressions of the restaurant allude to a more costly dining experience, but the prices are reasonable for a student budget. The cozy atmosphere and stellar music entices diners to stay and relax.
The number of pizza topping combinations may seem overwhelming, but the option to order half-and-half makes the decision easier. We chose a classic Margarita pizza ($13.95) and The Marley ($16.75). The Marley is topped with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce, shaved parmesan, arugula, and a balsamic drizzle while the Margarita featured tomato
sauce, mozzarella, and basil.
Artisan pizza may be Max and Leo’s claim to fame, but a variety of other dishes are offered. In addition to the pizza, we ordered build-your-own nachos coated in melted cheddar and Monterey jack cheese ($8.50). It took us a while to get through the pile of coal fired nachos, as they were served on a massive dinner platter with salsa and sour cream.
The three-cheese baked macaroni and cheese ($9.99) was our next course. Served piping hot and topped with breadcrumbs, finishing the dish of cheesy goodness didn’t take very long. Meat lovers can enjoy the buffalo chicken mac and cheese ($10.99), and the restaurant’s unique twist on the caprese salad with house-made mozzarella rolled prosciutto. A toasted flatbread complimented the salad.
We couldn’t leave without trying at least one of the mouthwatering specials our server listed. We ordered the maple and orange glazed wings. The crispy, flavorful wings left us licking our fingers and fighting over the caramelized orange slices used for garnish.
This intimate atmosphere seats at most 15 guests comfortably. Parties of four or less are ideal and it’s a popular take-out destination, becoming congested during peak hours.
Max and Leo’s is open Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p