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Daily Slice: Manco & Manco, Ocean City, New Jersey

Photos of all three OCNJ Manco & Manco boardwalk locations available in the slideshow above. [Photos: Adam Kuban]

Visitors returning to the Jersey Shore this summer may get a bit of a what the wha? when grabbing a slice at Mack & Manco's: All three locations on the Ocean City boardwalk (as well as Mack & Manco's Too in Somers Point) have changed their name to Manco & Manco.

Word of the name change first came in late December 2011, after what a Manco partner described as an amicable split with the Macks in June 2011—that was just slightly before Slice visited last summer.

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As Caroline Russock noted during her summer 2011 visit, "more saucy than cheesy, it's a slice that tastes like summer."

As she also noted, the sauce is swirled over the pie in a spiral, which is a signature of many a New Jersey boardwalk–style pizza. Another major hallmark of a boardwalk-style pizza is the use of a mozzarella–white cheddar blend, which gives the slice a sharp, salty flavor. I used to consider cheddar on pizza an abomination (as do many others), but I've grown to like it in recent years.

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Note: This is NOT Manco & Manco but Mack's in Wildwood. Yes, the same "Mack" from the former Mack & Manco's, so it makes sense that both institutions use the sauce hose.

Back to the sauce swirl: Manco & Manco achieves an easy spiral with a sauce hose apparatus that's pretty much identical to the one Mack's Pizza uses (yes, that's Mack's in the photo above).

Which brings me to this: Where did the Mack in Mack & Manco go? Don't worry about them. The Mack family has two well-regarded pizzerias on the boardwalk just down the shore in Wildwood.

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And, boom! Microblisters again.

I tried three other pizza joints on my recent visit to the Jersey Shore (Prep's, Mack's, Sam's Pizza Palace), and the slice I ate this trip at Manco & Manco's was the best among them, thanks largely to the crust. It was thin, crisp, chewy, and flexible. I was in the mood—and prepped for—the cheddar, and that unique flavor knocked the whole thing over the wall.

Manco & Manco

Various locations, Ocean City boardwalk and Somers Point, New Jersey
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About the author: Adam Kuban is the founder of Slice. You can follow him as @akuban on Twitter.

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