Pizza Town USA is as good as it sounds, assuming you think it sounds awesome. Slice founder Adam Kuban reviewed Pizza Town USA three years ago, and aside from the prices, his positive review still holds up.
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There's hope for gluten-free pizza lovers: Salugo Pizzeria's crispy GF crust is gussied up with high-quality toppings, from spicy sopressata to fresh, sautéed spinach.
Millie's Old World, a snazzy new spot on Morristown's main drag, has not one, but two types of ovens. The first, a wood-fired import from Naples, is capable of churning out Neapolitan pizzas in 90 seconds flat; the second, a coal-burning oven, yields a chewier (but equally flavorful) crust. Why not pick just one style of pizza? According to Marlene Carrabba, mother of sibling owners Vince and Brandon, her boys each had a favorite and couldn't choose between the two. So, in true Jersey style, they went with both.
The pizza at La Casa Bianca in Whitehouse Station, NJ, boasts a bunch of special-ingredient toppings like broccoli rabe, fried calamari, and baby clams, but it's the brick oven-fired crust that gets top billing.
Looking for a classic example of pizza rustica (also known as Italian Easter bread or pizza gain)? You'll find a great specimen of the meaty, cheesy, eggy two-crust pie at Avellino's in East Hanover, NJ.
Coffaro's in South River, NJ, has been a community fixture for more than 60 years, but its basic cheese pie doesn't come with bells and whistles.
Vic's in Bradley Beach is a Jersey Shore institution, where regulars flock each summer for thin crust tomato pies loaded with homemade sliced meatballs or sausage.
If not the best in New Jersey, the Sicilian slice at Nino's in Harrison is most definitely in the top five. And I say that as someone who's not particularly a fan of the Sicilian style most days.
The pizzas at Barcelona's in Garfield, NJ, are a little too heavy on the cheese, but you can't beat the atmosphere or the price.
Front St. Trattoria in Red Bank has been packing 'em into its exposed-brick sliver of a restaurant for almost 30 years, and I suspect it's the superior bread and dough that keeps families coming back.
Called to jury duty in Passaic County? Center City Pizza, adjacent to the courthouse, makes doing one's civic duty a bit more satisfying with super-stuffed pepperoni rolls.
Its slogan is "fresh ideas in pizza," and Luigi's Pizza Fresca delivers on that promise, with house-made sausage, creamy ricotta, and pizza toppings renowned throughout South Jersey.
If you've ever been stuck in the rage-inducing stop-and-go traffic along northern Jersey's Route 22, I feel for you. I've been there, stuck with the glorious scenery of big box stores and chain fast food. But there's an oasis beyond the Raymours, Flanigans, and Paneras: Springfield's Saporito Pizza.
Baggio's in Fort Lee is a neighborhood standby known for its thin crust pizza, but floppy, soggy crusts didn't stand up to its reputation.
Pete & Elda's in Neptune, NJ turns out huge pizzas with crusts as thin and crunchy as Carr's water crackers. It's an acquired taste, but makes for addictive lunch or late-night snacking.
The Perfetta at Princeton, NJ's Teresa Caffe is an Ivy League pizza on a student budget: a satisfyingly salty mix of prosciutto, grana padano, and farm-fresh arugula.
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.
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.
Queen Margherita's soft and pillowy crust is a delight to sink your teeth into, but watch out for the bony anchovies on the Marinara pie—they bite back.
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.