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Krispy Pizza Old Bridge

seal Jul 23, 2009 01:20 PM

After checking a list of foods and places not to miss in NJ, I found myself at Krispy on Rt 516 today waiting to try the fabled Grandma pizza. After the nice lunch at At The Table yesterday
I thought I was on a roll, but even a bad rool would have tasted better than the pizza.

No, that's not fair, it wasn't awful at all, just ordinary and pricey. But I had such high expectations that it might as well have been awful. We also tried the buffalo chicken slice and a regular slice. After a fresh from the oven Grandma slice and then another just to make sure I had it right, I can safely say there is nothing worth driving for here. If you live in the area, go right ahead and stop by for some fairly decent pizza, but do not make a special trip to go to Krispy.

  1. njchowgal Jul 23, 2009 06:40 PM

    i agree with seal on his assessment of krispy's pizza. i would like to add that the chicken parm sandwich is a disappointment as well. we've been there twice, and we won't be back.

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    1. re: njchowgal
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      jrd303 Jul 23, 2009 07:03 PM

      Unfortunately, Krispy is a place with greatly varying quality. I've eaten there many times and had both excellent slices and poor slices. When they first opened the quality was at 5:1 for excellent. As time has passed they've slipped. I can understand your viewpoints and also the posts highly reccomending Krispy. I've had both experiences and reached the same conclusions.

      Sometimes I cringe when I think back to places I've recommended in the past and know people that are going there now are having a completely different experience than the one I had.

      .

    2. JerzeyShore Jul 25, 2009 12:18 PM

      Have you ever had the grandma's pie at Brothers in East Brunswick? I think it is better myself.

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      1. re: JerzeyShore
        njchowgal Jul 25, 2009 05:37 PM

        actually, the grandma's pie at bacci in old bridge is awesome

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        sylvantonio Aug 6, 2009 08:31 AM

        I have to disagree with you ! It is one of the best pizza in old bridge! The grandma square is out of this world! It may be pricey, but you get what you pay for!

        1. angelo04 Aug 8, 2009 11:29 AM

          I have to respectfully disagree. Krispy's Grandma's, Round fresh Mozz, Regular round, and sicilian are the best in the area. In my book things like buffalo chicken pizza aren't pizza and are seldom worhty of being mentioned. But I'm a purist. Sorry you were dissappointed. I would reccomend trying Denino's in Aberdeen. Another great pizza in the area.

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          1. re: angelo04
            TomT Aug 9, 2009 12:02 PM

            Admittedly, i've only been once, but the regular slice I was served was one of the best I've eaten since we moved to NJ a dozen or so years ago. The taste reminded me of the way slices used to taste.

            Like I said in another thread, I grew up with Krispy in Brooklyn, so maybe my thoughts were colored a bit by nostalgia. Honestly though, I thought it (and the grandma and Sicilian) was a solid slice.

            1. re: TomT
              seal Aug 9, 2009 02:52 PM

              It's funny just how much your frame of mind influences your perception of food.

              When I went to Rome I searched the Italy board here for months to plan some of our meals and especially the pizza. After finding a general consensus on a place called Dar Bafetto, we made sure to end up there and got two different pies for just two of us. We sat outside at a large communal wooden table next to a nice couple from Montreal and we chatted as we drank some beer both before and during our meals. The odd thing is that we all, in some way or another, were disappointed. They thought their local place was better and I knew a few places in the NYC area that I thought were better too.

              My point is that the pizza at Krispy was not bad at all. But when I hear a fellow chowhounder, or better yet, two of us, say that this is THE BEST, then I walk in expecting at least a DiFara's level pizza ;o)

              1. re: seal
                TomT Aug 9, 2009 10:08 PM

                Exactly why I put my disclaimer in previously. Pizza is so subjective, and many value different elements of the pie in relation to the overall tastyness. Some place dough higher, some sauce, for myself it's a combination of the two, but I also enjoy the old school cheese they seem to use at Krispy. By no means do I think it's the BEST, but if I'm in the area I'll make it a point to stop in for a slice. Traveling with family from Middletown.....not so sure.

                Certainly not a DiFara level pizza, but who is?

          2. The Professor Aug 9, 2009 10:36 PM

            woooo...this thread is like a cherrybomb.
            Trying to define the best pizza is like finding the perfect beer. Taste is so subjective (and all over the place) that a consensus will never be reached and blood can be shed. To me the perfect pizza has a rather thin (but not cracker crisp) bottom crust that is well singed, ordering on burnt, and a thick outer ring that is crisp on the outside but coarsely bready on the inside,,,the cheese also needs a bit of "ripe" character as well as bit of good "singe" on it.
            Thus far, I've not found a pizza anywhere in NJ that is quite right (although a few have come comfortably close enough).

            Years ago there was a pizzeria in Edison called "Domino's"...absolutely no relation to the tacky national chain by the way (in fact, it was this place that had the prior use trademark on the name in NJ which prevented the chain coming into NJ for years!)...they came closest to the great pizza I've enjoyed in NYC (they folded around 25 years ago).

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            1. re: The Professor
              Passadumkeg Aug 23, 2009 01:33 PM

              Same time frame: Spezzi's in Sayreville.

            2. angelo04 Aug 29, 2009 09:04 AM

              Seal - I know you are a fan of Frankie Fed's. We were down @ the jackson outlets yesterday and decided to grab pizza for dinner. My wife suggested Federici's but than I remembered you mentioning Frankie Fed's. It was really good. We ordered 3 pies, we were really hungry. One in particular was really good. A white pie with white clam sauce. Not on the menu but they will make it if you ask. It was excellent, as good and possibly better than the famous white clam we got as a kid in Staten Island.

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              1. re: angelo04
                seal Aug 29, 2009 09:28 AM

                Angelo - Glad you enjoyed. One of my fondest pizza memories is getting a white clam pizza in New Haven when I was just a kid. I will definately be asking FF's for one in the near future.

                In my own local quest I recently tried a grandma pie from Bacci in Old Bridge and thought it was very good. I will definately be going back there soon to try some other pies.

                Should you find yourself back in Freehold at FF's, try any salad with their house dressing. It is a creamy italian that is waaay too addictive as it is anything but low fat.

                1. re: seal
                  shabbystorm Aug 29, 2009 01:21 PM

                  Gotta chow it out out since it is so close to home :)

                  Bacci Restaurant
                  3857 Highway 516
                  Old Bridge, NJ 08857-2499
                  (732) 679-5577

                  1. re: shabbystorm
                    shabbystorm Aug 30, 2009 03:02 PM

                    Bacci does not offer any slices, regular or grandma, just pies, to eat in or take out.
                    They serve a coal fired, brick oven pizza.
                    www.baccibrickoven.com

                  2. re: seal
                    njchowgal Aug 30, 2009 10:34 AM

                    seal- i'm glad you liked the grandma pie at bacci. their pizzas are really good but you must follow two rules- no meat (always dried out) and no reheating. the white pizza and the veggie pie are my favorites. also, the antipasto salad for two is a great value- i often pick one up when we are having people over and it feeds four people as an appetizer.

                    1. re: njchowgal
                      seal Aug 30, 2009 11:22 AM

                      njchowgal - tyvm for suggesting Bacci. Took my family last night for dinner and fully agree about the meat. But that's ok - it is really hard to find a sausage pie that I like as much as Frankie Fed's. The cheese and sauce at Bacci are great though.

                      How is their lasagna? Or baked clams or veal dishes?

                      1. re: seal
                        njchowgal Aug 30, 2009 07:40 PM

                        we've only tried a few non-pizza items, and they were just ok. we stick to the pizza and salads.

                        1. re: njchowgal
                          angelo04 Aug 31, 2009 08:00 AM

                          Agreed Bacci is great too. We don't make it there enough because everytime we are in that parking lot, Thai Thai beckons for us. As far as the lasagna, I can't opine. It is sacreligious in my house to order lasagna out. lol

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                    auntbride Jan 14, 2010 02:02 PM

                    fyi Frankie Fed's is (Spat's) Federici's Son.

                  4. JustJake Jan 16, 2010 04:19 AM

                    Over the Christmas Holiday my sister in law commented about how good the pie was at a joint on #516. While this thread cites Krispy's, there was no mention about Vitales? I beleive that was the name of the place my SIL mentioned. Oh well.

                    Being from the Northshore where good pizza abounds, I recently took up a friend's recommendation of Michaelangelo's in East Brunswick on Edgeboro Rd, which I found much to my liking. I've stopped in twice now for slices and it's pretty damned good to this writer's palette.

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                      Jerzeegirl Jan 16, 2010 04:57 AM

                      I think your SIL meant VItale's on Englishtown Road. That was sold a few years ago & is now the Sports Zone. We went to Vitale's every Sunday for pizza. Once the new owners took over, the pizza didn't taste as good. I thought maybe it was us thinking just because it's a new owner, it was our imagination, so we went a few more times & when we saw there was never a wait to get into the dining room, we knew it wasn't our imagination. We've run into a few others who used to go there on a regular basis like we did & they said the new owners did change the recipe in order to cut costs, so they don't go there any more either. I live closer to Krispy's than to VItale's & still haven't had a chance to try Krispy out. I keep forgetting about it, since it's a 15 minute drive from here & I have Denino's 5 minutes away.

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