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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At Sam's Pizza Palace in Wildwood, New Jersey, you always get a slice hot from the oven because the place is always packed and slice-pie turnover is fierce. And I can't recall a time I ever stopped at a single slice.
I fell for Mack's Pizza not for the flavor (even though it's excellent) but for the style and the attitude. It's the bad girl of Jersey Shore pizzerias—Rizzo decked out in her shades, tight black dress, and pink jacket.
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.
If you've ever spent a summer in Ocean City, New Jersey, chances are you're well acquainted with Mack & Manco's. It's the quintessential shore slice, eaten while cruising the boardwalk and dodging what might be the nation's most aggressive seagulls. More saucy than cheesy, it's a slice that tastes like summer, served straight from the heat of oven on to the sun-drenched OC Boardwalk.
This comes to us by way of someone who was shilling in the comments, but it's some hot info so I'm going to take the bait and highlight it ... [Photograph: Undici Restaurant] Tonight in Rumson, New Jersey, for one night only, famed and former UPN pizzamaker Anthony Mangieri will be making pizza one last time on the East Coast before heading to San Francisco. Mangieri has been consulting for Undici Taverna Rustica in this tony Jersey Shore borough (The Boss lives there), supposedly going as far as "tearing apart their kitchen and building an authentic, Naples-style, wood-fired oven." Mangieri...
MACK'S PIZZA Location: 3218 Boardwalk (b/n E. Pine and E. Wildwood avenues; map) Phone: 609-522-6166 Location: 4200 Boardwalk (b/n E. Roberts and E. Baker avenues; map) Phone: 609-729-0244 The Skinny: Two locations on boardwalk. Part of the Mack's vs. Sam's Wildwood pizza rivalry. Described as "greasy" by many people we talked to, due in part to the use of cheddar in the cheese blend. SAM'S PIZZA Location: 2600 Boardwalk (b/n E. 26th and E. Juniper avenues; map) Phone: 609-522-6017 The Skinny: On the Wildwood boardwalk. One half of the Mack's vs. Sam's Wildwood pizza rivalry. Sam's is Slice's preference. A...