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Dec 20, 2006 03:35 PM

Home for the Holidays in Jersey - Who is making good pies these days?

Another year up in the pizza wasteland of Boston has me hankering for some good slices. Not up to date on who is making good pizza... I know DeLorenzo's is great but I probably don't have time to drive to Trenton. Looking for something in North Jersey: Essex, Bergen, or Passaic County. I used to like Forte in Caldwell, but last year when I had it it was horrible.

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  1. Tamerlane, if you go to the Mid-Atlantic board, there is a big thread about pizza in NJ.

    1. Kinchley's on the Ramsey / Mahwah border is super, thin crust heaven. Nellie's, also in Ramsey I believe, uses basically the same recipe. Brooklyn Coal Oven in Ridgewood and Hackensack (across from Bergen Tech) are good too. Not slice places though.

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      1. re: Drew E

        i used to really like brooklyn coal oven pizza, but my last experience at the edgewater location was mediocre - soggy crust in the middle, bland sauce, and forgettable toppings. perhaps i've been spoiled by the top places in brooklyn, staten island, and new haven, ct.

        that said, it's still one of the better options in north jersey - especially the original location in hackensack, which i've always felt was the best of the three. for what it's worth, i didn't like the hoboken outpost of grimaldi's; it's much worse than the original in brooklyn, which itself is vastly overrated.

        new park tavern on park avenue in east rutherford is one of the more popular pizza options in the meadowlands/southern bergen county area. i used to like it back in the day, but i can't vouch for its quality nowadays as i haven't been there in years.

        another old favorite of mine are the square sicilian slices at mr. nino's in harrison. it's located at the far eastern end of a strip mall on frank e. rodgers blvd, just north of the I-280 overpass. when i was a kid walking back from the PATH station, i used to grab slices there all the time. recently, i went back for the first time in at least 15 years, and the squares were still quite good - not as enjoyable as my favorite spots in queens and brooklyn, but then again, the slices at mr. nino's had been sitting around for a while and had to be reheated. i'm sure a freshly made pie would've tasted great. for what it's worth, the round slices at mr. nino's have always been mediocre.

      2. Wound up at Star Tavern in Orange and it was phenomenal! Is this place under the radar?

        1. Star Tavern is pretty legendary. There seem to be similar places, each about an hour away from each other.