Ralph's on Franklin Ave. in Nutley reminds me of the pizza I used to get in the good old days (I'm 63 years old). The thin crust pizza is old world style and tastes great. The silician pie is thick and doughy the way a sicilian pie should be.
However, I have heard good things about La Sicilia. I have been meaning to try them, but haven't made it there yet., La Sicilia is on Washington Ave. ( Just before you get to Belleville Ave) in Belleville,
An old acquaintance used to tell me Ralph's meatball pie was the best pizza he had ever eaten. Sorry to say that i have never made it to Ralph's to see for myself. I had heard that Ralph's was sold to new owners, possibly in the last few years and it was not the same. Any truth to the new ownership? Based on your comments, If I'm ever in the area I'll have to make a stop
Two great fairly new additions to the pizza scene in the area. Both on Broad Street in Bloomfield: Pizzaria Rustica, (thin crust, great sauce, a perfect large pie) And Bar Cara, for a personal size pie. Bar Cara is owned by the same people who own Fascino in Montclair. The pizza scene in the area has definitely improved.
331 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042
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BEST SPECIALTY PIZZA
La Sicilia Pizza & Ristorante, 155 Washington Ave., Belleville; (973) 751-5726. Giuseppe Ali has some restaurant cred; he worked as a cook at renowned Casa Dante in Jersey City. So it should come as no surprise that La Sicilia, open just three years, has turned into a popular lunch and dinner spot.
Ali’s most popular pizza, and our pick for the state’s best specialty pizza, is the Palermo, a heavenly blend of fresh mozzarella, marinara, garlic and grated cheese. Your neighborhood pizzeria doesn’t make a pizza like this, trust us.
"This is a very popular pizza in Sicily,’’ Ali said of his native country. "It’s like a Grandma (pizza) but the Grandma doesn’t put the mozzarella underneath (the sauce).’’
Wiener admired its "total balance," while Bruno said she’d put the tart, tomatoey sauce "on anything."
Ali also offers sandwiches and entrees, but start with the pizza. And don’t forge to take home some of his killer cannoli.
737 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306
La Sicilia Pizza
155 Washington Ave, Belleville, NJ 07109