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Venuto's Old World Pizza in Washington Twp, NJ

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Has anyone tried this pizza yet? They just opened here in the last few months. I understand they have a Signature Pizza and a Margarita Style with fresh or buffalo mozarella plus several others.

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  1. I should clarify that it's the Washington Twp. in South Jersey also known as Sewell, NJ

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    1. re: coniglio

      I tried Venuto's pizza and it wasn't that good. Stick to Sals Pizza on Egg Harbor or go to Alfred's Tomato Pie in Blackwood. If you can drive into Philadelphia go to Slice or Top Tomato for an awesome Margarita Pie.

      1. re: coniglio

        I have been to the one on Egg Harbor Rd. 3 or 4 times since they opened. The pies are overpriced, hence the need for Clipper coupons. They are thin crust, cooked in a conveyor oven, and are often undercooked toward the center of the pie. They are better advertisers and promoters than pizza makers. I prefer Johnny's on Egg Harbor, haven't tried Sal's, must try Alfred's (although after all the raves, fear disappointment)...

      2. Yes, I have tried their pizza and loved it! It is pricier than most pizza places, but anyone who really knows food knows why, better ingredients. If you want a doughy pizza with cheap cheese, this is not the pizza for you.

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        1. re: foody1

          Slice and Top Tomato rock!! Worth the 20 min. ride from Jersey.

        2. Fake pizza. Think of what a McDonald's pizza would be like.

          ps
          Margarita is a lime based drink. Margherita was the queen and is the pizza.

          1. I tried it in Cherry Hill , way overpriced , and I agree its what McDonalds pizza would be like if they offered it. I will stick to Vitos Pizza on Rt. 561

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            1. re: joe mangiano

              I've never been to Vitos. Is this thin crust, NY style pizza or the doughy, undercooked Philly/S Jersey pizza? Still looking for crispy thin crust pizza in the area. Actually, I've had a good one at Tutti Toscana in Cherry Hill. But next time I went back, it was undercooked again (even though I asked them to cook it till crispy).

            2. I'm in total agreement with Joe Mangiano. I ate at the one in Short Hills (Cherry Hill) and it was awful! We were so disappointed! I'd never go back. Vito's is great (as are the guys in there), and I also like Masso's and Milanese (which used to be a Maruca's). Masso's and Milanese are also on 561 in Gibbsboro. Venuto's - I hope it dies a quick death. With all the advertising, it sure didn't live up to anything.

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              1. re: harriet1954

                they should focus on their Hollywood Tans business because their pizza sucks. Vito's is good NY style pizza.

                1. re: TunaSushi

                  To each his own. It's great that you found something you like and enjoyed yourself. So, I'll say something nice: it's better than Domino's or Papa John's.

                  To me one of the mysteries of the universe is how a place like Domino's stays in business in NJ where it is relatively easy to find decent pizza.

                  Some possible reasons might be that the the eaters aren't paying attention, don't know any better, never had any better, just don't care.

                  My McDonald's analogy for Venuto's is apt. You have high school kids who couldn't care less about the pizzaiolo's craft assembling these things and shoving them onto a conveyor belt. You get a mediocre product at a relatively high cost.

                  So, what makes a great pizza? What separates bad from good, good from mediocre, and spectacular from good? Perhaps a checklist would be in order.

                  If you don't have your own personal list, here on Google Docs is a checklist.
                  http://tinyurl.com/2qjqwq

                  Then, visit places recommended by pizza lovers and apply your criteria.

                  Someone mentioned Vito's as a local thin crust pizza that they liked. I've driven by them for years and just this week (due to a post above) stopped in with my better half to sample their wares. Apart from NJ's tomato pies - DeLo's in Trenton and Alfred's in Blackwood - they do indeed sell a good thin crust pizza. One that rivals the long gone Rocco's in Trenton. I don't get the Elvis memorabilia though.

                  1. re: harriet1954

                    After driving by Vitos on 561 in Cherry Hill, I finally give it a try . I was pleasently surprised by the pizza. This is the first time, after living in the Philly/S. Jersey area, that I could actually 'fold' a piece of pizza. The crust could have been a wee bit thinner, but it was crispy and just the right amount of sauce and cheese was added. Probably the best pizza I have had in this area, and I think I have tried just about every place. Still don't think it's as good as Conte's in Princeton, but it's close by.
                    I do wish they had a simple Margarita pizza with fresh mozzarella, however. I did not see that on the menu. Thanks for the suggestion; I never would have stopped there if I hadn't read this on chowhound.

                  2. We love Venutos. I would much rather give my money to a Mom & Pop pizza shop than a giant chain, but we tried everyone that would deliver to us in Voorhees. Too salty, soggy bread, plastic cheese, too greasy. We would order from Papa John's just because everything else was more horrible. We now love Venutos, whole wheat crust, fresh veggies instead of canned, and thin crust. Something I would make myself if I had time. Thank you Venuto's and John at Spice for recommending it. Price is a bit high, we still order Papa John's when we have a babysitter. Also guessing it doesn't have as many preservatives, it doesn't fridge as well as Papa John's either.

                    1. I think it's pretty good if you get it fast-like eating it in the place. I got slices from a fresh pie and they were great-next time after 10 mins in the box I could've just eaten the box. All the talk about area pizza and no one mentions the King (of Pizza)? Still the best I think and it travels well. It's the King baby.

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                      1. re: rudywill

                        I have been getting Venuto's pies well done to go, throwing them on a 350 degree pizza stone for 3 minutes once home, and they have been very good the past 3 times I have ordered. the slices also reheat well on the stone. .

                      2. Well, to give you an idea of how awful this pizza is, I actually googled "venuto's sucks", found this site, and registered - just to share my experience.

                        I have tried the best (Patsy's - Brooklyn, under Brooklyn bridge) and Michaelangelos in NE Philly. This pizza sucks - plain and simple. They screwed up my order on the first try, I didn't find out about it until I got home. Called them, they made another one - this time right. The sauce tastes bland, it was piled several inches high and among this tasteless ketchup mess were my meager tiny pieces of fresh mozzarella and a rare bit of mushroom. So much for extra cheese. Having tried a very bland slice of this ... thing ... even dousing it in salt, spices, and hot crushed peppers did nothing to improve it's taste. It tasted like a cardboard box covered in tasteless and un-inspired (supposed) pizza sause.

                        To call this abomination a pizza would be an insult to even such garbage as Papa John's, Pizza Hut and even Dominoes. I don't agree that this is what McDonald's pizza would taste like - they couldn't possibly make it THAT bad, even if they tried.

                        Stay away, don't waste your money. Both (the screwed-up) and "right" pies went straight to trash. Oh well, $18 out the window - not that much for a lesson learned.

                        1. Terrible pizza. That is most terrible pizza I ever had. Their pizzas are paper thin. I ordered three 16" pizzas for $44.10 with discount. It was enough for about two people. The reason was the pizzas were extremely thin (same thickness as tortillas) and there is not much there. Had no taste. It is a total rip off. The lesson I learnt was that the best places to order pizza is from Pizza Hut or other chains.

                          1. Terrible Terrible Pizza. It truly sucks.