Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria Review
Newport, KY has no shortage of pizza joints. Highlights include Dewey’s at the Levee, Newport Pizza Co, and Pasquale’s Pizza. New to the scene is Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria (http://www.strongsbrickovenpizza.com/). Located in an old house near the Levee, it opened on Reds Opening Day one year ago and is still going strong today. We actually went after the Opening Day game last year, most recently had it last night, and have enjoyed it several times in between.
The actual restaurant itself, again, is an old house with the typical Newport charms of exposed brick, high ceilings, and nice finishes. As soon as you come in the front door and turn right from the foyer, you are greeted by the kitchen with a large brick oven. It’s nice to see an open kitchen, as it gives you a feeling that they enjoy you watching them cook. There is also outdoor seating on the front porch.
The menu is, as you would expect, mostly pizza. However, they do have a few salads including the Capri (sliced tomatoes and mozzarella with balsamic glaze and olive oil) and the Polpetta Insalata (a salad with Italian Meatballs on top). They also have garlic pesto cheesy bread, bruschetta, and spinach and artichoke dip. But enough of that, let’s get to the main course here…the pizza!
There are five “gourmet specialty pizzas” including the Pizza alla Vodka, which is not only noted as their signature, but also one of my favorite pizzas I can remember eating. Fresh mozzarella, cream vodka sauce, fresh mushrooms, spinach, and prosciutto combine for a unique and very tasty pizza pie. Two other pizzas I’ve also eaten and really enjoyed were the standard margherita pizza and the 3-Way pizza. The margherita pizza was great…the pizza sauce at Strong’s tastes very fresh, and the overall pizza was light without being too thin. The 3-Way was a special that I was lucky enough to walk in on while they were having it. It’s a pizza with Cincinnati chili on it. They make the crust taste like oyster crackers…it was a really great version of a chili pizza and was the first one I’ve had that wasn’t too greasy (it was not really greasy at all, actually).
Of course, I can’t finish this review without mentioning the crust…it’s a really, really good crust. Not thin yet not overly thick to take away from the great toppings, they really take advantage of the brick oven to deliver a consistently great crust.
Overall, I’d highly recommend Strong’s. I can’t decide if it’s my favorite pizza place in Newport or not…Dewey’s is very good as well. But either way, we are talking 1 and 1a, so you can’t go wrong here, and they are different style pizzas anyway. If you haven’t ordered pizza from Strong’s yet, you have to give it a try. It’s a great addition to the city of Newport.