NJ Pizza - Help
Since moving to southern Exit 4 New Jersey, we have eaten a lot of lousy pizzas. We are from Chicago and we love a good pizza. Is there anywhere that you can suggest that they have a pizza that has a good flavorful crust, lots of tomatoes and cheese, real sausage chopped and distributed over the whole pizza (not little strips of sausage that doesn't take like sausage). Please? We are starving!!!
Where exactly are you off of exit 4? In Cherry Hill, on Haddonfield-Berlin Road, just east of 295 and next to Commerce Bank, is Vitos Pizza, which someone suggested to me. I've had pizza from there 3 times and it was excellent twice, ok the third time. I'm not a huge fan of sausage on pizza, so I can't comment on that. Vitos is the best I've found in the Cherry Hill/Haddonfield/Collingswood area. You can actually roll the slice of pizza; this is the only place in S Jersey that I have tried where you can roll the slice. Finding good pizza down here in S Jersey is like finding a needle in a haystack. Tons of pizza places, most are just mediocre. I also like the pizza from Tutti Toscana in the Shop Rite plaza on Brace Road at Haddonfield-Berlin Road. It's a 'gourmet' type pizza, but the crust is thin, and it's cooked in a real brick oven. Just be sure to tell them you want it well cooked, or they will take it out too quickly and it will be limp like all the other pizzas here in S Jersey.
People on here also talk about Alfreds in Blackwood, which gets great reviews.
Are you at Exit 4 on the NJ Turnpike, Garden State Parkway or some other road?
In any case, if you’re looking for a Chicago style deep dish pizza in NJ you probably won’t find it. The nearest thing to it would probably be a Sicilian style pizza. They are usually square and have a relatively thick crust. As far as the sausage goes, it depends on the restaurant. What you probably want is chunk sausage as opposed to sliced or shredded. When in doubt, ask. NJ is probably best noted for thin crust or Neapolitan style pizza. If you do a search on this board you’ll find quite a few differing opinions on who makes the best pizza in the state. If you’re near Exit 4 on the Tpk. you’re not that far from Rt. 33 in Robbinsville, NJ (Exit 7A) and Delorenzo’s Pizza, viewed by some as the best pizza in the world! Go a little further down 33 and veer off to your right down Nottingham Way to five points and try JoJo’s Tavern for my favorite pizza.
for the nearby exit 4 area, tacconelli's makes a decent thin pie - it's been discussed a lot on these boards (and its mother restaurant in philly) - to me, it tastes a slight bit sweet - not enough to be a pie killer, just an annoyance.
(you may want to take a road trip to staten island, ny)
Try the European Cafe on Rt. 73 (in the first strip mall south of exit 4). It's thin crust and IMHO the best in the immediate area-- haven't tried the sausage, though. Alfred's Tomato Pie in Blackwood is well worth the trip-- it just might be it's the best in all south Jersey