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Jan 14, 2008 12:39 PM

Middletown/Hazlet - good take-out pizza?

I'm getting desperate! My two favorite places have gone downhill. Where is the good take-out pizza in the Middletown-Hazlet-Holmdel area? I prefer a thinner crust, but I'd be happy with any type, as long as it's tasty and good quality.

I have tried the following:
- Naples in Belford. Decent.
- Valentino's in Belford. Good, not great.
- Villa in Holmdel (Kohl's Plaza) Good, not great.
- Pasquales in Middletown, across from Starbucks. I don't like their pies. Some of the special slices are ok.

My old favorites were Hazlet Pizza, and the rectangular pie at Luigis on Middle Rd. I no longer recommend them. They are lackluster.

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  1. Have you tried Angela's in Airport Plaza?
    The chicken marsala pizza is my current fav but the pies, Italian sandwiches and eggplant parm are all satisfying.

    1. A little further down 35 is a decent one. In the Best Buy shopping center, next to KOBE. (A great sushi place.) Usually pretty good, with typically an interesting selection of by-the-slice available. They load on the toppings more than anyone else I can remember.

      Two minuses: the crust is not thin, so you might not like it as much, and they tend to be more expensive for anything other than a basic pie.

      It's better than either Valentino's and Villa, but not as good as Ragazzi's, which unfortunately closed a while ago.

      If you liked Luigi, the one in Lincroft is still going strong.

      1. Hill J and cantkick
        Thanks so much for your suggestions. I will try them and report back.

        I stopped inside the place next to KOBE. I think it's called Pizza Italia. They have a nice dining area and the food, that I saw being served, looked good. They make their own desserts. The tiramisu looks tempting.

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        1. re: val ann c

          val ann
          I'm not good with knowing what town is next to what other town, but if you are near this location, you might want to try this relatively new NJ branch of the excellent Staten Island Denino's . If it's anything like the original location, it will be a very worthwhile excursion for you.If it's close to you and you try it, will you please post your experience?
          Happy munching!
          Here's a little information:

          1. re: Tay

            Thanks Tay. Deninos is not close enough for casual take-out pizza, but I do plan to try it. Rt 34 Matawan has so many good places.
            There has already been a discussion on this board. If you search you might it.

            1. re: Tay


              Here's the thread about Denino's on which I posted my reaction:

              1. re: RGR

                Thanks for sending me that thread. It sounds as though the pizza was good, but not as good as the pizza at their SI location.

                1. re: Tay


                  Having never tried the pizza at Denino's S.I. location, I can't make a comparison to Matawan's. However, others who have been to both seem to feel they are equally good. As I said on that thread, I was expecting a thinner crust, but I thought the pizza, such as it was, was very good. You should certainly give it a try.

            2. re: val ann c

              val ann, It has been our experience that pickup/order in is more accurate to specific requests that delivery from Angela's. Not sure why. For instance, I love a thin crispy crust and I'm guaranteed to get my pizza exactly how I like it if I do not have the pizza delivered. Just an add'l fyi.

            3. I just moved from Matawan to Belford, the first of the year. I have also been searching for good local pizza. I did enjoy Deninos in Matawan. Although, I enjoyed it much more, eating it there. It did not transport well. I have tried Valentinos in Middletown , OK. I have tried Middletown Pizza (across the street, from Valentinos) twice and have really enjoyed it. The crust is super thin and toppings were not bad. They also have good specials.. Family in Middletown , likes Palumbos in plaza on "35" near Blockbuster. I think it sucks and is always raw.........Where is Naples at in Belford>?

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              1. re: Milkfacebstrd2

                Hello Milkface
                Naples is very close to Valentinos. It's in the little strip mall on Main St, close to Sissy's luncheonette.
                I tried Middletown Pizza once many years ago. I'll have to try it again.

                Belford is a great town. Have you been to Sabato's meat market? Their homemade Italian sausage and breakfast sausage are really good. Also, the fresh ground beef for hamburgers.

                1. re: val ann c

                  My wife's favorite used to be Hazlet Pizza as well. We still like Luigi's, on Middle Rd (eating a reheated slice now as I type, and it's actually one of the best I've had from there in a while, though it's the round kind.) We also enjoy Guisepe's (sp) on Beers St. in Hazlet. I was falling in love with Antonia's in Union Beach, but that was short lived, but they are currently building another location, though not in Hazlet or Middletown. The Union Beach Location was on the border of Hazlet so close enough I guess :-)

                  1. re: DrewBB

                    Thanks Drew. Actually we haven't been to Hazlet Pizza in a couple years. I don't remember the name of the man who owned it all those years. His very nice blond wife and her brother worked there. The brother is now making pies at Pizza Italia in the Best Buy strip on Rt 35.
                    I'm telling you I have a good feeling about Pizza Italia. I'm going to try a pie soon. And their homemade desserts look great.

                    1. re: val ann c

                      Val, as with your earlier post in this thread, I know you've said Denino's is too far for a casual pizza. I tried Denino's twice last week, by all means give it a try, imho it was spectacular! (but still a little bit of a ride!) I tried the Margarita, the white veggie pizza, and a white clam pizza, although I prefer a red clam pizza. The clam pizza is not on the menu, otherwise I would have asked for a red one. The fried calamari, and scungilli were also very good.

                      1. re: DrewBB

                        Thanks Drew. Denino's is high on our list of places to try.

                        1. re: DrewBB

                          Drew and val ann...
                          I don't know if the NJ location offers it,( I'll have to check to see if they have an online menu) but if they do, try one of Denino's "Garbage" pies.... Really, really good.
                          As for the most outstanding calamari EVER, I finally found it but you'd have to take a trip down to Brigantine for that. :-}

                2. If your favorite Hazlet Pizza was the one next to Toys R US he has a place across the street from Childrens Wearhouse in the Holmdel Commons Strip.

                  A little further up 35 towards RedBank is Fratellis next to Baja Fresh which is good.

                  Naples in Belford has a great Marghertia Pie.