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Thin Crust Pizza in Mid Atlantic area

Any pizza places in this region make Brooklyn style thin crust pizza or is all run of the mill doughy slabs like Dominoes and Papa Johns? The first test is that if you hold the pizza slice away from your mouth and it droops like a dog's tongue, it fails before you even taste it.

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  1. I can't speak for the entire midatlantic region, but I think almost any decent pizza parlor in NJ has much, much better pizza than Dominoes or Papa Johns. In fact, I've lived almost my whole life in NJ and I've only had one Dominoes pizza...ever. And we like our pizza.

    Two places that immediately come to mind when looking for thin crust pizza is Chimney Rock Inn, Bridgewater NJ and Mack and Manco's, Ocean City NJ.

      1. Alfred's Tomato Pie, 9 S Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, NJ

        1. For thin crust, I like Nancy's Tavern in Rahway, NJ.

          The following thread started in 2002 but it's still going strong. It's NJ specific but if you wade through the 100+ responses you'll find lots of recs. for thin crust pizza.


          1. "Mid-Atlantic" is a very large area....What state/region are you located in more specifically?

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            1. Mid-atlantic is pretty big but in terms of central jersey, gotta hit up oceanport pizza. Im not a thin crust fan, but Vics in Bradley Beach is still the best.

              1. In Freehold try Federici's on Mian Street and in the Pond Road Plaza (strip mall) try Attilio's. There are also a few good places on Staten Island but I can't remember the names.

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                1. re: local_guy

                  I haven't been to the Attilio's on Pond Road in ages. Since when do they have thin-crust pizza?

                2. Pete and Elda's - Neptune City

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                    1. re: tuxedo

                      Criticizing P&E's is kind of like kicking a 3 legged dog, because it is a very warm and friendly (and popular place) and the staff are wonderful, but the pizza? While it is 'tasty' it is really more of a cracker than a pizza crust. Still like the place though.

                    2. Still gotta vote for Star Tavern, which, by the way, is in Orange, NJ.

                      1. Please try Nunzio's in Long Branch. Thin crust and doesn't droop like a dogs tounge.

                        1. try. gennaro's italian bistro in spotswood..........the best margherita pie ever. and also for staten island, nunzios on hylan blvd, and deninos on port richmond avenue

                          1. Pete & Elda's in Neptune

                            1. The Cabin on Route 33 in Howell is the best thin crust pizza I've had.

                              1. And a new place--European Cafe in Mount Laurel. They also do a real tomato pie.

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                                1. re: johnpm

                                  where is this place located in Mt. Laurel? And do they serve a pizza or really more of a tomato pie? Thanks

                                  1. re: mschow

                                    Just noticed your question (I miss birthdays, too). They are in the strip mall at the corner of rt. 73 and Ramblewood pkwy, site of a long string of defunct pizza shops- next to El Azteca. They have both conventional pizza and tomato pie, as well as some eastern european dishes.

                                2. ooh - mack and manco's is deliciously greasy and wonderful. i also really like the mad hatter in sea bright.

                                  1. The real question is are there any crusts in Brooklyn that can match DeLorenzo's Tomato Pies'?

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                                    1. re: Paul N

                                      Never had DeLorenzo, and it's definitely on my 'must' list. That said, we stopped at DiLucia in Somerville for a pie last night and found it *very* satisfying. In particular, as the OP of this long thread insisted, a thin crust slice must not droop 'like a dog's tongue' (lol!) and DiLucia has just the right ratio of sauce to cheese to keep things stiff and sog-free, so to speak. Though DiLucia's homemade sausage is as good as I've had, the sauce is a notch below DiFara in Brooklyn. But onward to DeLorenzo! (I sure hope this isn't going to be another one of those hour long drives that has me coming back here cursing like I did after the waste-of-gas drive we made to Rutt's Hut Hot Dogs.)

                                      1. re: mmgpsych

                                        Where are you exactly? The Reservoir Tavern in Parsippany (not BOONTON FOLKS) makes incredible pie, with perfect crust that passes the fold test. Go off hours though, this place gets CROWDED even though its really kind of in the middle of nowhere. Its been in business for like 70 years, and people come from ALL over to get it. (Also has great Italian food other than pie)

                                        Also, hang on to your wallet when paying if you find yourself sitting at the bar, I was signing my credit card receipt and put my wallet on the bar after putting the CC back in, and within SECONDS my wallet was gone. The bar is so crowded this is apparently easy to do. Not saying this happens often, but the third degree I got and the bartenders insisting on searching my bag was a bit off putting to say the least.

                                        1. re: mmgpsych

                                          I am glad you besmearched the Hutt. I think deep fried hot dogs are disgusting. I besmearch them too.

                                      2. Noticed Nunzio's mentioned earlier in this thread. There is one in Long Branch. Also found one in Sayreville. Anyone know if either of these are affiliated with the infamous Nunzio's of Staten Island?