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.
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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.
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...
HOW YOU DOIN'?: Mack's Pizza, in what appeared to be the original location (top left); well, at least it looked older than the version of Mack's farther south on the boardwalk. 92¢ a slice! (top right) Beat that, NYC! "You lookin' at me?" This pizzaiolo (above) at Mack's used a novel pizza-sauce pump to apply the red stuff to his pies, after first layering on the cheese. For Memorial Day weekend, the editor and publisher of this sitethat would be mewent "down the shore" to the Wildwoods in New Jersey. Memorial Day, of course, is when we give props...