You Can Now Get a Cheffed-Up Pizza at Neon Marketplace Convenience Stores
Award-winning chef Michael Schlow has teamed up with Neon Marketplace to develop seasonal brick oven pizzas at Neon's convenient locations.
Pick up a brick oven pizza worthy of the Michael Schlow name in the same place where you pump gas. The James Beard Award-winning Boston chef is known for notable restaurants Via Matta, Alta Strada and Tico, and Neon Marketplace signed Schlow on to develop pizza recipes for the upscale series of convenience stores as they continue to expand across the New England area.
Neon Marketplace recently opened in the former 1149 restaurant location in Seekonk, Massachusetts, and construction is currently happening at the other 1149 located in East Greenwich, which will become another Neon. Along with the brick oven pizzas, the convenience stores offer gourmet coffees and breakfast options, plus hot and cold fresh-made sandwiches, prepackaged fresh salads and healthy snacks. Customers can also fuel up their cars and charge electric vehicles at the stations.
Neon Marketplace recently created a seasonal fall menu with many options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The new Fall Harvest Pizza starts with hand-stretched pizza dough spread with a sage herb cream sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses and toppings of grilled chicken, sweet caramelized onions, roasted butternut squash, arugula and roasted pumpkin seeds. The New England Autumn Cranberry Chicken Salad features grilled chicken, roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries, roasted pumpkin seeds and onion over spinach and arugula with apple cider vinaigrette. For a special treat, they also carry pumpkin spice lattes, and pumpkin pie and apple pie milkshakes.
There are currently four Neon locations, including Seekonk (965 Fall River Ave.) and Warwick (1776 Post Rd) and two express locations in Middletown (533 E Main Rd.) and Portsmouth (3302 E Main Rd.), Rhode Island. Over the next few months the brand will open several more locations including Freetown on Route 24 in the fall, Kinsley Avenue in Providence before Thanksgiving, and Quincy around early December, says Bahjat Shariff, brand leader at Neon Marketplace. “Next year we have seven to ten more locations.”
While many are billing Neon as the new WaWa of New England, since it is creating fresh made sandwiches in addition to other fare, Shariff says it is much different.
“We are trying to create a new trend on quality food. This pizza was not easy to make and the ingredients are not easy to get. We get fresh arugula every day,” he says. “We want to have a combination of healthy items so people can come in and feel good about eating here.”
He says all items are made fresh every day, including egg sandwiches which are assembled to order. “They are not sitting in a warmer all day long. Our salads and sandwiches are crafted here. We have a whole barista line,” Shariff says. “We bake fresh every single day. Our cookie is our number one seller. It’s an amazing chocolate chip cookie.”
He also notes that Neon Marketplace has partnered with local business Providence Bagel to sell their fresh bagels in the stores. “So you can get your egg sandwich on a fresh bagel,” he says.
Just don’t eat it while you’re pumping that gas.
On Tuesdays, Neon Marketplace is running “Pizza Twos-day,” when customers can pick up any two of Neon’s Roman-style pizzas topped with housemade sauce and a three-cheese blend for just $15 at the Warwick and Seekonk locations. The offer is valid on cheese, pepperoni or any of the signature pies. Additional toppings may be added for an additional fee.