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Dear Slice: Try Star Tavern in Orange, New Jersey!

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At Orange, New Jersey's Star Tavern, try a plain pie first, says Jason Perlow of Off the Broiler. [Photograph: Off the Broiler]

Dear Slice, Letters From Our ReadersI saw your post on Colony Grill in Stamford. Looks pretty good, and I definitely share your enthusiasm for the old-school. But I think sometime soon you really should consider making a trip to Star Tavern in Orange, New Jersey.

From the photos alone, I think we have Colony beat. Very similar style, but the upskirt from Colony does not seem to compare!

"Star," as we call it, is an institution in Essex County. I consider myself pretty experienced in the world of pizza—been done there and done that with all the Neapolitans in NYC—but still, after all this, Star pizza is still my last pizza on earth. For sure.

I know it's probably a trip for you, but well worth it. And I would certainly join you if you ever decide to do it!

Longtime reader, Justin

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Dear Justin,

Bwahahahah. Be careful what you wish for. I just may take you up on the offer of tour-guiding me through "Star."

I was actually thinking of Star Tavern today while writing the Colony piece. Star has been on my list for longer than I'd like to admit — ever since Jason Perlow of Off the Broiler started emailing me about how I needed to get my sorry self there. Jason did a very nice post about Star in July 2006, btw.

I think I'm going through a "bar pizza" phase right now. Lemme look at my schedule and see when I can get out there. Let's say in the next couple of weeks. Perlow's pictures make it look really, really good.

Hasta la pizza,
Adam

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