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Sneak Peek: Melo’s Pizzeria in Benton Park

December 9th 10:12am, 2015




The son of Blues City Deli owner Vince Valenza is stoking the wood-fired pizza ovens of Melo’s Pizzeria. Joe Valenza, who co-owns the new Benton Park eatery with his father, plans to begin serving pizzas from the garage-turned-pizza shop at 2438 McNair Ave., on Friday, Dec. 18.

As The Scoop reported in February, Joe Valenza, a self-taught pizzaiolo, named the store for his paternal grandfather, Melo. The small, standing room-only pizzeria will offer five Americanized Neapolitan-style pizzas, and customers can also customize their own 12-inch pizzas. Like Blues City, Melo’s is counter-service; customers order their pizzas, then take them to-go or enjoy them at the standing bar, inside Blues City or (when warmer weather arrives) at one of 30 patio seats outside.

In the future, Valenza said he’d like to supply his father’s deli with bread while he bakes his house-made pizza dough. Melo’s regular hours in the new year will be 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s to come when doors open at Melo’s next week.


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-photos by Michelle Volansky 


By Heather Hughes

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3 Responses to “Sneak Peek: Melo’s Pizzeria in Benton Park”

  1. Vince Valenza Says:
    December 9th, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Hi all Vinnie here from Blues City Deli…the hours haven’t totally been determined as we roll out Melo’s. Currently we plan on being opened Friday and Saturday evening after the first of the year from 4:30 to 8PM and will be adding hours from there. We will keep you updated on the Melo’s Pizzeria Website, Facebook and Twittler…If everything comes together this week we will have a soft opening Friday and Sat Dec 18 and 19th and then again the day after Christmas Dec 26th (430pm till 8 pm) Happy Holidays!

  2. Ken Says:
    December 10th, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Looks amazing – can’t wait to try it!

  3. Jeanine Robinson Says:
    December 29th, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Please be open during the day for lunch! We come to Blues City all the time, we wanted to get pizza this Thursday at lunch, New Year’s Eve.

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