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pizza in NJ

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I heard the talk on Arthur Schwartz' Food Talk radio show about pizza in NJ and wondered if anyone had tried Ferrara's in Westfield or Benny's in Hoboken. I moved back here about a year ago from San Francisco, (wonderful place, but weird pizza!), and find that I like almost any pizza, provided it is real, regular pizza--by that I mean nothing odd or un-Italian on it (like walnuts or Thai Chicken--a California favorite).
My father swears by the pizza he gets in the Port Authority in NY and I like the pizza from Three Brothers down the Jersey Shore. I know, not gourmet fare, but I like it! After 4 years in California, where pizza is a completely different species made by everyone in all kinds of flavors and configurations, even if the pizza I get here in NJ is not great, I tend to like it.

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    The Critical Diner

    Benny's slices are huge and tasty (if you like an excessively oily/greesy pie). I have developed some serious concerns about Benny's vis-a-vis cleanliness and no longer patronize that place. There was recently a discuss about Benny's on NJO's food forum, which can be found at http://www.nj.com/forums/restaurants/

    1. I don't know ANY of those places! But I have to admit, you worried me a bit when you said you "like almost any pizza"...

      hey, is Ferrara's anywhere near Excellent Diner in Westfield? That's been on my check-out list forever

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      1. re: Jim Leff

        Ferrara's is indeed near the Diner. (Westfield is pretty small)

        1. re: marionrl

          Unfortunately, the Excellent Diner in Westfield closed a year or two ago. My husband and I loved it for breakfast and were sad to see it go.

      2. how about Brooklyn Coal Oven pizza in Hackensack??

        great thin crust. fresh toppings. it's in the oven for only 4 minutes (i've timed it)...and it comes out fresh and hot.

        1. Marlboro Pizza in Marlboro NJ is soooo good. With all the Brooklynites and Staten Islanders that live in this area...there is no need to spend the 6 bucks ( almost 8 now) to cross the bridge. Mmmm Mmm good! Eat it there - you will fall in love. Its on Route 79 in a shopping center...totally wouldn't think it ya know - but really spot on!

          1. Tenafly Pizzeria & Restaurant (TPR) in Tenafly is excellent, Federici's in either Freehold or Howell/Lakewood is great, Pete & Elda's in Neptune, Conte's in Princeton..............all good choices. Enjoy!

            1. The best pizza this side of the Atlantic is Pompei's in Bayonne. It's the pizza I grew up on--and nothing comes close in flavor, texture, etc. This pizza is perfect. I know Bayonne is a little out of the way for most people, but it is really worth the trip to get this pizza. And you have to eat it there--and put a few quarters in the jukebox. It's a real experience.

              Pompei Pizzeria
              480 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002

              1. Brooklyn Pizza in Hackensack. Try it and then tell me it isn't the best pizza in Bergen County.

                1. I lover ferraras...grew up in Westfield. their house salad dressing is good too. But the best pizza place in westfield is the trattoria...(only one block from ferraras) Try their pizza, its really a treat.

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                  1. re: saramcgovern

                    Patsy's Tavern in Paterson - hands down. People who grew up in Paterson and don't live there anymore come from all over back to Patsy's for their thin crunchy crust and good ingredients.

                  2. Star Tavern in W. Orange gets my vote.

                    1. I enjoy Three Brother's pizza too! I haven't noticed any questionable condition's at Benny Tudino's, but I haven't been there recently. I will take note next time.
                      There is more good pizza in Hoboken: Grimaldi's, Filippo's and Delfino's are all good. Belleville is loaded with good pizza places.. stop anywhere and you're bound to get a decent slice. I haven't been to the Star Taven in ages but I see it was recommmended here, I hope that means the pie hasn't changed!
                      There's a little place in Secaucus that has a damn good slice! ( sorry I dont recall the name , but it is in the shopping center with the CVS in the downtown area)
                      For thin crust taven style pizza, there's the popular Vic's in Bradley Beach, Pete n Elda's is also near there... and the Park Tavern in East Rutherford is decent too (order it well done there)
                      Have fun reacquainting yourself with Jersey pizza!