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Daily Slice: Prep's Pizza & Dairy Bar, Ocean City, New Jersey

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[Photos: Adam Kuban]

Like many of the Jersey Shore boardwalk pizzerias, Prep's Pizza & Dairy Bar is a family affair. Opened in 1965 by Joseph and Catherine Reuben, the pizzeria, whose mascot is a pizza-twirling, cone-toting dinosaur, is run by the couple's grandchildren now.

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True to most boardwalk-style pizza, the pies are sauced in a swirl pattern (though, no, it's not really apparent on the slice pictured above).

I wanted to love Prep's, since I found it referenced online as a sort of unsung hero of Ocean City boardwalk pizza, but I much preferred the Manco & Manco slice I tried just minutes before and steps away. Don't get me wrong, Prep's is solid, but, to me, it didn't really summon me to scarf a second slice the way I wanted to at Manco.

The crust is crisp on the bottom though a little more tender at the edge than at boardwalk competitor Manco & Manco. The sauce leaves a little to be desired. It's not as tangy as Manco's. The cheese is abundant though not overdone. It's a good, creamy mozzarella—no white cheddar mixed in (like at Manco), which may come as a relief to folks who don't like that sort of thing—or a disappointment to those who do.

Prep's Pizzeria & Dairy Bar

1004 Boardwalk, Ocean City NJ 08226 (near East 10th Street; map)
609-398-0636; prepspizzeria.com

About the author: Adam Kuban is the founder of Slice. You can follow him as @akuban on Twitter.

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