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Help finding the Best Pizza at the North Jersey Shore?

From my research and reading here on chowhound I have narrowed my Pizza list down to
3 places. Maruca's, Pete & Elda's and Vic's during my trip to Spring Lake at the end of the month. If you guys only had the chance to try 2 of these pizza places which would they be?

On my return trip I plan to go to DeLorenzo's in Trenton (The Hudson Street location). Being from DC I am looking forward to tasting some real pizza.

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Pete & Elda's Bar
Highway 35, Neptune, NJ 07753

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  1. It gets mixed reviews here, but I still like Vics - hopefully you're here long enough to try them all!

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    1. re: harrison

      Of the three, I'd say try Maruca's and P&E. Vic's is kind of an "in between" in terms of crust thickness. As to Maruca's, you will see, the large is a mighty big pie, go hungry and bring help. As to P&E, get there early (between 2:30 and 4 maybe) or be prepared to wait - it can get ungodly crowded in summer.

      I find all three choices fine, but none are my favorites in the area. If you haven't seen it, and have any interest in bothering, my attempt to present my "try 'em" spots is contained here:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7021...

    2. Exactly - why narrow it down to only two? Go for all three - they're in close enough proximity to one another...

      1. Good point, I can shoot to make it to all three over the weekend, if I have pizza when I arrive in Spring Lake on Friday night. Then have pizza on Saturday for lunch and pizza after the wedding on Saturday, I can make it to all three, the only issue is having pizza drunk on Saturday night wont give me an accurate measure on the quality of the pizza but it's the best I can do.
        I can make a stop at DeLorenzo's on Hudson Street on the way home.

        Is DeLorenzo's in Robbinsville the same quality as the one on Hudson Street?

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        1. re: Jeremy303

          yes, plus its BYO and has restrooms :)

          1. re: tom246

            . . . and a pretty easy on/off from 195.

        2. My husband and I are fans of Maruca's. My husband grew up summering in Seaside Park, and Maruca's is a family favorite- no other pizza is allowed in Grandma's house. It was my first taste of Jersey shore pizza, so it's my pick. I've tried some of the other places on the boardwalk, and they were too greasy. There's just something special about Maruca's. Mmmmm, can't wait to grab a slice this weekend!

          1. Pete & Elda's??? We, of the board, and I'm not speaking of the Royal "We" never recommended P&E to you. It's just not worth it.

            Stop by Vesuvio's in Belmar (on 10th Ave). Go to Long Branch to Nunzio's, go anywhere but P&E's. Go to Luigi's in Little Silver or Ocean Twp (not the same owners).

            Vic's is good, and I love sitting at the bar and getting a pie with sausage & peppers, but whatever you do, pass right by P&E's. I'm doing you a favor with my recommendation to bypass it.

            And if you do the three you cite, there's no comparison to Marucca's. They make pie the way it should be made. I do miss those days when my boys played hardball in the Trenton area.....we always made a point to get pie out there....nothing like it.

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            1. re: JustJake

              No need to quibble, the guy's coming up from DC, any of these places will be a big step up.

              1. re: JustJake

                Maruca's secret is they use White Cheddar & Mozzarella mixed with a great sauce. Best pizza on the boardwalk at Seaside IMO.... although now they have bigger slices to compete with the other places where size takes over taste... you can't go wrong with Marucas Pizza. P&E & Vics left us wondering why we went there P&E taste like a thin Ritz cracker with ketchup...and Vics although a shore landmark the sauce is less then desirable for us....but some people enjoy it I guess. to each his own. enjoy

                1. re: JustJake

                  For my return trip to DC is going to DeLorenzo's on Hudson Street the right call? Or should I go to Star Pizza, Spiritos or somewhere else?

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                  Spirito's Restaurant
                  714 3rd Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07202

                  1. re: Jeremy303

                    Not only is DeLorenzo's in Robbinsville more or less on your way, but they are one of the best. Don't miss it. I haven't found a difference in taste or quality between them and the Trenton location.

                    1. re: Jeremy303

                      Papas in Chambersburg (Trenton) is my favorite for tomato pie habds down.

                      http://www.papastomatopies.com/

                      Papa's Tomato Pies was established in 1912 in Trenton, NJ. It is the second oldest continuously-run pizza restaurant in the USA, still operated by family.

                    2. re: JustJake

                      JustJake, Which is better Vesuvio's or Nunzio's? and which Lugi's do you prefer the one in Little Silver or the one in Ocean Twp?

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                      Vesuvio
                      725 S Main St Ste 3, Forked River, NJ 08731

                      1. re: Jeremy303

                        JMO, but I do like Vesuvio's over Nunzio's, by just the thinnest of hairs, though both are my favorite spots where I live (both are within 10 minutes of me).

                        I'm also partial to Luigi's in OT. It's take out only and I cringe you taking it out and trying to find a place to eat it before it loses it's flavor and crispiness. That's the problem Jeremy.

                        I would 86 both Luigis and do Vesuvios and Nunzios' on your pizza trip. BTW, Vesuvio's is like stepping back in time. You'll never find another place like it once you step inside.