Phil's Pizzeria in Montvale, NJ
- Sklarman Feb 16, 2007 01:32 PM
I am a pizza fanatic and Phil's on Chestnut Ridge Road in Montvale next to the Grand Union is where I got my start over 30 years ago. Back then it was a thin, blistered crust, tangy tomato, and creamy mozzarella topped with a dusting of oregano. When you folded a slice, the orange-tinted grease dripped out the back and down your arm. Anybody remember it or even still go there? If so, is it still what I remember? I think the person slinging the pies back then was a little italian guy named Jerry. I live in LA now, and pizza deprivation has made me weepy and nostalgic. Any thoughts, memories, or info would be appreciated.
Alas, Phil's is not the awesome pizzeria you remember so fondly. The original owners sold it a few years ago and it hasn't been even close to the same since. We've stopped going altogether and while they do still do a great lunch business based solely on a great corporate location - most of the locals now go elsewhere - truly a shame! I too miss the days of going to Phil's for their MOST delicious pizza and being greeted each and everytime with an ethusiastic "Bella!".....even if they didnt know who you were - you always felt welcome and that your business was truly appreciated!
I just had lunch there. It was nothing out of the ordinary. I did eat there in the day though. I don't remember the cook but I remember the "Bella!" Am i wrong or was the name "Phil and Neal's" or "Harry and Phils" or something likt that?
Goes to show you that newer is not better. Yes, it is updated & a little cleaner, but the old world charm & friendliness of the past owners is surely missed. When a waitress with an attitude buys the place, she just becomes a former waitress(and wasn't a good one) with a bigger attitude and new found ego. Count your blessings for your location, because nothing else going for you.