We visited Neo on a quiet Monday evening. It’s a real plus to find restaurants open late in the suburbs. The space is urban and chic, more what we expect in Chicago than St. Charles. Centered is a full bar surrounded by dining stools with flat screen TV overhead. The backboard displays a small but carefully selected assortment of premium spirits and menu-appropriate wines that are amazingly well-priced. Everything is out on open shelves… glassware, dishes, etc. The large loft main room is furnished with an assortment of tables and casual seating options that encourage conversation and create a very comfortable environment. Good music plays softly unless a critical sport event is being televised.
Behind the bar is the open wood-burning oven, a slicing prep station for the homemade sausages and fresh cheeses. Bags of flour are stacked where the bread and pizza dough is mixed every morning.
The menu focus is on the Neapolitan pizzas cooked Naples-style in a wood-burning oven accompanied by small-plate Italian dishes and sides. You are furnished with a check list and pencil to order your own assortment of bruschetta and sides. The pizzas come in “red” or “white” depending on the addition of the San Marzano tomato based sauce or not. Our accommodating and knowledgeable server indulged us in a “white salsicia” pizza with red sauce on the side. We added homemade meatballs and a caprese salad. Both were exceptional.
Our evening exceeded our expectations thanks to the friendly staff, authentic food and reasonable prices. Even the take home leftovers were thoughtfully packaged. The number of favorable reviews underscore why Neo is expanding their seating area.
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