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I was just reading an interesting thread on a Chicago-based forum about pizza places in New Jersey, complete with descriptions, addresses, and photos. All I can say is, I HAVE to get to New Jersey to try some of these places. I'm in New York quite often, but never am able to find the time to cross the river. Maybe now I'll finally have to.

The thread is below--has anyone tried any of these places? Are they as good as they appear?

http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic....

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  1. This post would probably be better served on mid atlantic board since all the places mentioned are in central nj.

    While I've been a fan of Vics since childhood, it's one of those "love it or hate it" place on these boards.

    For what it's worth, NYC has some pretty good pizza. You're better off heading out to DiFara or Franny's in Brooklyn than to Bradley Beach!

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    1. re: harrison

      Thanks for the info...I wasn't sure where all these towns were. Perhaps I'll jump over to the Mid Atlantic board.

      It's funny--as much as I wanted to love Di Fara, I just couldn't quite put their pizza at the top of my list. The slightly excessive amount of olive oil on top of the pizza drowned out some of the taste for me. Otherwise, I think it would have been up there with Grimaldi's.

      Does anyone have any favorite pizza places in northern NJ, preferably close to the Hudson River?

        1. re: hiddenboston

          No Pizza inventory of New Jersey would be complete without the Star Tavern in Orange. Though not my favorite, many locals swear by the Resevoir Tavern in Parsippany.

          1. re: bropaul

            Is the reservoir the one that is across the bridge to Boonton? If so, it is not the best in my opinion.

            1. re: bropaul

              I like Resevoir in South Orange (never been to the boonton one) along with Star Tavern.

              Growing up I was huge fan of Starlite in West Orange but it has slipped considerably as of late

              1. re: harrison

                Harrison, I am with you on Starlite. I used to go there often but it is definitely not as good as it used to be.

              2. re: bropaul

                I've had both Star and Reservoir pizza and I have to say I prefer the thin crust goodness of Star Tavern. It is definitely my pizza of choice.

                1. re: bropaul

                  i grew up in west orange and have been living in los angeles for 11 years. there is nothing as good as star tavern pizza!!!!

                2. re: hiddenboston

                  I enjoy going to Lodi Pizza on Rt 46 west in Lodi. Slices are delicious. Try the Sicillian.

                  1. re: hiddenboston

                    PizzaTown USA in Elmwood park and, the best of the best, Star Pizza in Orange (as good as ANYTHING in New York).

                3. Grimaldi's in Hoboken is a 20 minute PATH Train ride from midtown, then a 10-15 minute walk from the station. You'll find some good pies there! Their website is www.grimaldis.com. Hoboken has a huge terminal for NJ Transit trains, so you could hop on one to Bradley Beach afer eating at Grimaldis... but now we're talking an all-day/ all-night event! Better off taking the ferry back to NY and enjoy the views...

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                  1. re: The Engineer

                    There is also a Grimaldi's branch in Hackensack, on River Road just south of Route 4 called Brooklyn Pizza. Just great coal oven pizza (pies only)- crazy hot oven, nice char on the bottom, thin flaky crust. I just love the roasted red pepper pies because those peppers just melt into the tomatoes and you can't tell which is which. Normally I like my peppers to have more texture, but in this context it is just perfect the way it is. And that great smoky flavor (you gotta see them roasting the peppers in that coal oven- trays of them go in bright red and come out completely black) even compensates for the eventuality that the pie will get a bit soggy from the topping after the first slice or two.

                  2. Roberts in Newark
                    Divine in Hamilton

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                    1. re: yankeefan

                      Kinchley's Tavern on the Ramsey / Mahwah border is great, thin crust pie. It's about 35 minutes from the George Washingtom Bridge. Take Rt. 4 west to Rt. 17 north. Get off at N. Franklin Tpke and go about 1/2 mile. It will be on your right.

                    2. Patsy's Tavern in Paterson. 17th St. and 7th. Ave. Been there from before Prohibition.

                      Same recipes from when pizza was Italian food and you had to go to Italian neighborhoods to get it.

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                      1. re: fred the fressor

                        DeLorenzo's in Trenton. There are two - one on Hudson St and one on Hamilton Ave. Each has its fans, but let me say that I know a DC foodie who drives all the way to Hudson St. for the best pizza in the world. I concur with his opinion. There is a thread here on DeLorenzo's. Just search on Trenton.

                        1. re: Just Visiting

                          My favorites are Grimaldi's in Hoboken, Conte's in Princeton, Edison Pizza, and this place in Bernardsville, with a name I can't recall (a fairly standard layout, but with a remarkable variety of slices available). It is in the King's Shopping Center on Route 202.

                          Despite having a girl who grew up in Trenton, I have yet to visit the Tomato Pie stalwarts mentioned in the lth post.

                      2. Let me throw my hat in for Lodi Pizza. I just ate there for the first time a few days ago and was totally impressed with their sicilian pizza. They use fresh, uncooked sausage and cook their pizzas on a pan, so that the pie will cook longer and the sausage and the dough will both cook evenly simultaneously. Their calzones are awesome as well. I also like Pizza Town in Clifton.

                        In the Morris/Essex area I like Reservoir Tavern in Parsippany, Star Tavern in West Orange and Santillo's in Elizabeth. Santillos has a 100 year old pizza oven that is 20 feet long and 14 feet wide. Its insanely artisinal pizza made by a true master. I'd say the place is the jersey equivalent to DiFara in many respects.

                        1. My husband and I live within ten miles of both DeLorenzo's - up until now I didn't know there were two! We went to the one on Hamilton - which was quite good, but with my husband being french, he was not thrilled when we found out once we got there that it didn't serve wine. (Oh, well, now we know) Anyway, I do want to go to the Hudson St. location, which appears to get slightly better reviews. Anyone know if they are open for lunch at all? Good time to go where we wouldn't have to wait outside? Can you confirm if they are BYO? Once we go (soon after your reading your note!) I will update you!

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                          1. re: rgfoodie

                            out here in warren township(somerset county) they wouldnt know good pizza if it smacked them in the face. as a matter of fact, most of these places should be ashamed to even call what they serve pizza.
                            unfortunately I work out here and have to wait tilI get home to brooklyn to have good pizza
                            if anyone knows of good pizza within, say a 20min ride from exit 36 on rte 78, I'd love to know about it

                            1. re: rgfoodie

                              The Hudson St. Location is open for lunch. Just remember, it has no bathroom.
                              The two DeLorenzo's aren't really related... there is a family connection, but that's it.
                              Here is an old review of mine comparing the two Delorenzo's:

                              The Two Delorenzo's

                              I'd like to share my opinion on the plusses and minuses of the two Delorenzo's Restaurants in Trenton. They are apparently owned by a pair of brothers who have a friendly rivalry going on.

                              Both Delorenzo's make what I would consider the best pizzas I've ever had. There are differences, though. The Hudson St. pizzas seem to come out with a crispier crust then the Hamilton Ave. location. However, the Hamilton Ave. location's crust has much more depth of flavor than the Hudson St. crust. The pizza sauce is also different. The Hudson St. location apparently uses crushed tomatoes, while the Hamilton Ave. location adds additional flavors to the tomatoes (garlic? salt? who knows?) but again, the taste is more complex and possesses a greater depth than at the Hudson St. Location.

                              In short, my ideal pizza would be prepared at Hamilton Ave. and cooked at Hudson St. Both make amazing pizzas, so try both and come to your own conclusion.

                              1. re: cranrob

                                Thanks, cranrob! I think lunch may be a good choice since I work from home - stay away from the crowds a bit!