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DeLorenzo's Tomato Pies ~ Jersey

Located at 2350 US Highway 33, Robbinsville, NJ 08691 in the new Washington Town Center. This is the their new place and it is very well finished indeed, complete with a bathroom, unlike the original store in Trenton.

I've heard of them for years but was never really tempted to drive to Trenton to visit their
original location. I could not understand all the hoopla over this place, but now I know first hand what it is about.

Quite simply the best pizza I have ever eaten anywhere. I've heard stories of people traveling far and wide to get to DeLorenzo's for their pies and always thought of them a lot of spin but maybe not.

Don't go there expenting an Italian restaurant which they are not. They do one thing but do it well and it is tomato pies...

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  1. Great that you enjoyed. For us it is much closer and easier to get to than the Trenton location.
    Plus the pies, if anything, are better. They have not missed a beat.

    1. I thought I would give a complete review of Delorenzo's, especially for people who have not been. My wife and I have been to this new location many times.
      I have half days on Friday, we decided to go early when they open at 4:00. There was a line of about 25 people waiting for the place to open.
      Not unusual at all, on Sundays it is usually 40-50 people.

      Inside it does not resemble your neighborhood pizza place. Very large interior, several large booths for larger parties and many tables for 2 or 4. tables are well spaced and noise is never a problem.
      The decor and "feel" of the place is that of a upscale Italian restaurant.
      I love pizza, all types of pizza. I can enjoy a slice of deep dish Chicago style as a meal or several slices of Pete and Elda's if I want ultra cracker like thin and not feel stuffed.

      Having said that there is IMHO no pizza better than Delorenzo's. For starters they have a couple of salads, we had the mixed green salad which is mixed greens, sliced apples, sweetened dried candied figs which look like nuts. Excellent as usual and always fresh as can be. More than enough for 2 to share.
      Yesterday they also offered a fresh Jersey tomato and mozzarella salad with basil and drizzled with olive oil.

      On to the pizza. We usually like to try different toppings, yesterday we had sausage and black olives. The pie always come out the same, steaming hot and crackling.
      This is thin crust pizza, not wafer thin like P+E but thin and crispy.
      Add a little fun of cutting the pizza irregular into 10 slices and you have the perfect pizza meal.

      The only items on the menu are a few salads, pizza either plain or with toppings, a couple of special pizza's (the clam is great) and soda. Thats it, no apps, entrees, desserts. It is BYO and many people including us had brought wine.

      Service is outstanding, never are you waiting a minute for anything, whether its new plates, water refills, getting your bill etc.
      Plus an old fashioned touch. Your main server will always shake your hand before you leave. Their way of saying thank you in a personal way.
      At 4:45 about 1/2 through our meal I asked and there was a 45 minute wait. At 5:30 when we left, it was 1 hour+.

      Sorry for the rambling on but I thought Delorenzo's should get the raves it deserves.
      Here is a link to the website. Enjoy!
      http://www.delorenzostomatopies.com/

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      1. re: tom246

        Not trying to change the topic but have you ever had a pie at JoJo's Tavern?

        1. re: bobfxd

          Bob! What’s the matter with you? Isn’t JoJo’s crowded enough without bringing in out-of-towners? Let them all go to Delorenzo’s and wait in line for an hour to get their legendary “tomato pie”. While they’re waiting we could be sitting at the bar having a cool one and munching on maybe the best bar pie in the known universe. LOL!

          1. re: TomDel

            Tom-You are right,what was I thinking?

          2. re: bobfxd

            The JoJos pie pale in comparison to DeLorenzo's. It's OK in a pinch, but it's pretty much a standard northeastern pizzeria pie. DeLorenzo's Hamilton is something else entirely.

          3. re: tom246

            Finally made it to Delorenzo's yesterday. Quite a ride from home, but my birthday, my pick! The ride was an hour plus, but wife & son both agree, we will definitely be making that trip again! Tom246 you nailed it in your review. I love all types of pizza as well, but Delorenzo's is without a doubt the gold standard. We tried two pies.1/2 plain 1/2 sausage, and clam. The clam pie is loaded with clams, and the oregano matches the briny-ness very well. The sausage pie was perfect, So perfect in fact we ordered an additional one to go. Thanks again for your review.

            1. re: DrewBB

              Drew, very happy to hear you enjoyed Delorenzo's. Love the plain, sausage and clam pizzas. Like you mentioned the oregano matches with the clams nicely.

              I agree, there is no easy way to get from the Bayshore area to Robbinsville. Lots of back roads and a pretty fair distance.
              They need to open a branch in downtown Keyport :)

          4. Tom: how dare you guys go to Delo's and not call us! We frequent there once a week....usually on a Thursday. We'll do one week at Hudson, then the next on 33. Great place and great pies. Try the antipasti salad sometime as well as it's great.

            JoJo's does have a good bar pie, but it's not a tomato pie. There is a place in Bordentown called Jester's Cafe, and that is what the bar pie at JoJo's reminds me of. Good for a bar pie, but nothing like Delo's.

            Next time you hit Delo's, try the sausage and sweet pepper pie! It's to die for! -mJ

            1. Please dont forget PAPAS Tomato pies in Trenton YUMMMMMMM!!

              http://www.yelp.com/biz/papas-pizzeri...

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              1. re: Tapas52

                Tapas52! You’re as bad as Bob! Geese! Let em stand in line at Delorenzo’s. Next thing you know somebody’ll be mentioning Top Road Tavern on Brunswick Ave. or the Ivy Tavern on S. Broad St. and we won’t have anyplace to go that isn’t crowded with out-of-towners.

                1. re: TomDel

                  Is the Ivy Tavern that good? I've never gone there.

                  1. re: Heatherb

                    Heather – I’d say so. Maybe a half a notch below JoJo’s but certainly worth trying and usually easier to get a parking place around dinner time. An unusual but interesting variation is their mustard pie, sort of like a warm soft pretzel with cheese and mustard on it.

                    1. re: TomDel

                      Tom, as a pizza purist, I am, well, disturbed. The words "mustard pie" send a cold chill through the very depths of my soul.
                      That said, I'll pretty much overlook anything if they've got a good regular pizza, so i'll have to check it out;-)

                      1. re: Heatherb

                        Champions, a dive of a sports bar in the Burg, also serves up a mustard pie. Not bad.

                        1. re: Heatherb

                          Yeah, I’m pretty much a sausage and garlic guy myself but my son is a mustard freak so he gets the mustard pie any time we go there and after a couple of years he finally got me to try a slice. I had to admit it was pretty good, but one slice was definitely enough for me. It kind of reminded me of a clam casino pie (bacon, onions, peppers and clams) in that it sounded better than it actually tasted or rather it was too strong and one slice was enough.

                2. Took my family to Robbinsville and opened the place at 11 am. Had two pies, a sausage and a plain. Crust had a nice char and they arrived piping hot. Very good pies.

                  I think next time I may ask if I can get them without quite so much tomato. I understand they are tomato pies, and they are most definately good quality tomatoes, but it was serious overkill.

                  Do you think if I asked nicely they would do it? Or would I wake to find a tomato in my bed? ;o)

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                  1. re: seal

                    They probably would do it, even though the pies always have a nice char, we ask for "well done" and it always has some extra char.
                    If not you will either have a tomato or the donkey that helped plow the fields in bed with you :))

                    1. re: seal

                      What didnt you enjoy about the pies there? Its not for everybodys tase...........
                      We personally prefer Papa's in Trenton ..........

                    2. Got out of work early and we headed over to Delorenzo's in Robbinsville. Only 3/4 full at 5:00. Had a surprisingly good heirloom tomato, onion, gorgonzola over mixed greens. Tomatoes were ripe and tasty, great salad.
                      Sausage pizza was awesome as always. Their sausage here is the best.

                      Off to California wine country for a week. Eat and drink well guys, we hope to :)

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                        1. re: tom246

                          Tom246, I'm wondering about the Clam Pizza, does it have tomato on it? I'm assuming so as it's DeLornzo's Tomato Pies, but I have only seen Clam Pizza as a white pie. Also you wouldn't happen to know if there is a wait for a table on a Tuesday would you? :-) and have a great trip!

                          1. re: DrewBB

                            DrewBB, if you look at the on-line menu you'll see it's a clam tomato pie.

                            1. re: ambrose

                              I didn't catch that even after reading it, thanks. :-)

                            2. re: DrewBB

                              Hi Drew, you can have the clam pie either white or red, the server usually asks you. Its finely minced clams with lots of oregano. We get it every so often as a change from either plain or sausage which we also really enjoy.

                              Went to a nice little French bistro last night called Bistro des Copains in Occidental CA. Report on Ca. board later inthe week.

                              1. re: tom246

                                Sounds great, I plan on getting all three when I do finally get there, of course most will be to go.. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

                          2. Early dinner at Delorenzos in Robbinsville last night.
                            Special salad of arugula, red onions, red, yellow and green tomatoes, pine nuts in a white balsamic vinaigrette. Yum!
                            Large piping hot sausage tomato pie plus 2005 Carlisle Zin. Yum Yum!
                            Life is good.

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                            1. re: tom246

                              former jersey guy so cal now 25 years pizza wasteland. you guys are a bunch of sadists your killing me

                              1. re: JimmyC

                                Jimmy, So Cal of all places. A true pizza wasteland ;) I was out in Nor Cal last month visiting my son in Santa Rosa. He tells me he found a good pizza place called NY Pie. The only resemblance to New York-New Jersey pizza was the name :))

                                1. re: JimmyC

                                  I did twelve years in So Cal - i refer to it as an exile rather than a transfer ... and the only food that made an impression on me was the Mexican ! Only thing I miss !

                                  1. re: JimmyC

                                    I was in SoCal about a decade ago for a brief trip with my best friend. Our first night there we were tired and decided on pizza as our default option because we figured it would be minimally acceptable. I can just remember the looks of sheer horror we exchanged upon taking the first bite. We ate Mexican almost exclusively the whole time.

                                2. FYI,

                                  DeLo's (Hamilton Avenue branch) now operating in Risoldi's Thriftway on Quakerbridge Road (in the plaza with the RJohnson Fitness Center). Don't know why it hasn't been publicized more. Been there 3 times and it's the real thing.

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                                  1. re: mchametzky

                                    Holy crud, really???! In the old Lenny & Pat's spot?

                                    1. re: Heatherb

                                      In that shopping center, but not in that store. It's part of the Risoldi's Supermarket there; Risoldi's expanded, opened a "cafe", selling sandwiches, hot food, and with a branch from the DeLorenzo Hamilton Ave pizza place. They have ovens, pizza makers, they make the pizzas to order, etc.