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Pizza in Cranbury/East Windsor/Princeton, NJ area

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jethro Mar 30, 2008 05:55 PM

Any suggestions for REALLY good pizza in this area? I've tried quite a few, some very good, but would love to hear suggestions. I grew up in Jersey City, NJ, then Essex County, so looking for a real pizzeria down in this area where you walk in and the smell of pizza hits you like a brick. If you grew up in Hudson or Essex counties, you know what I mean.

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  1. Angelina RE: jethro Mar 31, 2008 05:56 AM

    I really like Mannino's on Main Street in Hightstown.

    http://www.manninos4.com/

    It is really hard to find good pizza here, but so far this is the place we go to...and I live 20 minutes away!

    Good luck

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      RPMcMurphy RE: jethro Mar 31, 2008 06:00 AM

      easy, take 130 down to rt. 33 and make a right. the new delorenzos is on the right. can't beat it.

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        Paul N RE: jethro Mar 31, 2008 07:18 AM

        A big 'yes' on Delorenzo's, a small 'no' on Manninos, which I think is pretty average.

        Of all the local standard places in the immediate area, my favorites are Cranberry pizza in Cranberry and "the Brooklyn" pie from Familia in Hightstown.

        When I first moved here we had an excellent place called Goodfellas right in East Windsor, but alas it closed and was replaced by (ugh) a Perkins Restaurant.

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          TomDel RE: Paul N Mar 31, 2008 09:09 AM

          I haven't been there but I've heard a lot of good reports about Conte's in Princeton.

        2. mschow RE: jethro Mar 31, 2008 09:28 AM

          I love the pizza at Cranbury pizza. Conte's is also very good, and quite an experience. Expect rude service; it's part of the charm. The inside of Conte's reminds me of the dining hall at camp. They haven't updated or changed anything since the day they opened, I'm sure!

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            cranrob RE: jethro Mar 31, 2008 10:12 AM

            Lately, we've been going to Cafe Capuano (On Dorchester Rd. off Old Trenton Rd.).

            They do a "Pizza Rustica", which is a very thin-crusted, square pizza, with fresh mozzarella, herbs, and sauce, and really very good.

            However, Delorenzo's (Hamilton Ave., Hudson St., or Robbinsville) are all really, really, amazing.

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              Paul N RE: jethro Apr 3, 2008 06:11 AM

              I just tried "Palermo's" Tomatoe Pies in Bordentown on rt 206 after seeing it recommended in that Times Article on Turnpike exit eats.

              It's no DeLorenzo's. They add too much sugar to their tomatoes, as opposed to DeLorenzo's which just taste naturally sweet (anybody know if DeLorenzo's adds any sugar? I suspect there might be a little, since that sweetness seems so essential to the whole idea of "Tomato Pie" based on all the examples I've tried.) Palermo's crust, however, held up very nicely.

              Speaking of DeLorezo's, thanks cranrob: I tried the sausage and it was very good, though I can see the addition threatening the integrity of the crust if I had let the pie sit around a while. Luckily with DeLorenzo's, then pie gets devoured pretty quickly.

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                crtny RE: Paul N Apr 4, 2008 12:23 PM

                The new DeLorenzo's on Rt.130. Can't beat it!

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                  Heatherb RE: crtny Apr 4, 2008 01:53 PM

                  Apparently not. Just got off the phone with my mother who commutes to Hamilton from the shore. She likes to buy herself a pizza at the new DeLorenzo's, take it home to reheat it. Not optimal, but she's apparently desperate for good pizza where she is now. Good bread and good pizza are in short supply around LBI, it seems.

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                SarahEats RE: jethro Apr 6, 2008 01:34 PM

                When I worked in Cranbury I loved Cranbury Pizza.

                I haven't been to the new DeLorenzo's in Robbinsville, but if it's anything like the old location in Trenton it'll be fantastic.

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                  bowildhax RE: SarahEats Apr 19, 2008 10:31 PM

                  We went last night after seeing the article in the Star Ledger. VERY crowded at 6:00 - took a ticket, were seated by 6:15. Pizza arrived at 6:46 so be prepared to wait. Don't take cranky kids that haven't eaten. Best thin crust pizza I've ever had - better than Brothers in Red Bank (you have to salt the slice) and Luigi's pies in Hazlet. I loved it, but my Domino's loving kids didn't like the texture.

                  It's BYOB, so next time we'll skip the kids, bring a bottle of red and kick back and wait for our pizza to cook and maybe try the garlic and broccoli.

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