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Nov 16, 2009 02:07 PM

Scalas Pizzeria Excellent !!

Today for lunch we were in the area of West long Branch and as per recommendation from my daughter we decided to try Scalas for lunch and I'm so glad we did. One of the nicest decorated little pizzerias I've been to lately chrome diamond studded walls and nice color scheme. As soon as you walk in I could smell the garlic in the air and all the pizza & Focaccia Sandwiches were displayed behind a nice glass counter. I had to try the great looking Sicilian square pie first & let me tell you one of the best I ever tasted crispy ion the outside and so heavenly soft & airy inside topped with a delicious sauce & mozzarella cheese, delicious. Next we chose two mouth watering looking Focaccia Sandwiches, a prosciutto, roasted peppers, fresh mozzarella, topped with fresh mescaline greens w a balsamic glaze oh soooooo good. I had the grilled chicken, roasted peppers, fresh mozzarella, very, very good. After that I had to try the margarita pizza with fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, tomato & garlic...OMG!, it was to die for...nice thin crust with extra virgin olive oil. We will be back for sure, give it a shot…….!

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  1. I have to say, I went here over the summer after hearing rave reviews from many friends. We were with the kids, and just got regular pizza and I would have to say it was actually bad. When I was little, my mom would make pizza from this Chef Boyardee pizza kit, and this tasted just like that. You are right about the decor, though. It's adorable. Maybe I'll have to return to try a sandwich or the Margarita.

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    1. re: MichelleM131

      Well, if many of your friends enjoyed it, as i did today.that says's possible during the busy summer season you just caught a bad day there....give it another shot and try the Sicilian pie a few different things too, hope to read your next review.

      Good luck

      1. re: Tapas52

        -This is our "go to" friday night pizza place. Im so glad you tried the Margarita pizza..its to die for! I haven't tried much else...once you have the Margarita Pizza its hard to stray but I have had their Pasta Fagioli and it was chock full of beans and pasta!
        Its a family owned business and they are always incredibly friendly...

        1. re: stack_c

          Stack c I can see why you enjoy it so much.....give one of the foccacia sandwiches a try also....the one with the proscuitto is delicious! When I'm in the area I will surly be there to eat. Friendly service was another big plus too!

    2. I too am a fan of Scala's. :) There are surprisingly few pizza joints in that part of long branch though so there's not a whole lot of competetion.

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      1. re: joonjoon

        Isn't this West End - Long Branch,and not West Long Branch?

        1. re: xny556cip

          yes it is West End - Long Branch....

          1. re: stack_c

            To be honest,it was the decor that made me pass this place bye.It reminded me of a Johnny Rockets fake fifties Diner wannabe - so I continued on to the very enjoyable Surf Taco next door.I'll check it out next time i'm in the area again.The place that used to use a gas woodstone oven almost opposite failed miserably ( terrible pizza IMO ) and is now a jerk chicken joint I believe?Joonjoon is right about the competition here.

            1. re: xny556cip

              while the competition conjecture is correct when one is 'walking', there are just as good alternatives in Nunzio's, Tuzzio's, Frankie's and Freddie's in downtown LB; though Freddie's is hit or miss of late

              Scala's I believe has been there for years as I've been patronizing this storefront when I'm in West End, as Scala's or LaScala's for over 25 years now. If it's the same owners, all that they did was put in a little curb appeal, with the Greetings mural, a new coat of paint, and some new seating. It's always been a good pie. Rode down earlier this evening and had a plain slice. The one I always remember of this place (a good thin crust/cheesy pie) and that it's a good slice (nothing great), but if I'm driving down Ocean Ave. and want a quick slice, I'll stop in here as it's better than average over anywhere else.

              Was going to slide into Surf Taco for a little something else, but decided against it. One slice is enough; drove to the Shop Rite for some needed supplies (and that was a madhouse, with 3-4 kids in tow it seems with ever cart, and all of the pre Thanksgiving madness in full throttle). If I didn't need what I shopped for, I would've walked right out.

              Bon Apetit