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Greatest Jersey Pizza that most people haven't heard of

I'm planning a big Jersey Pizza Tour... totaling around 25 pizzerias over 5 weeks. I know of the most popular ones, star, santillos, ah pizza etc, but what are some ones that one might consider the best, which have been pretty much unreported on?

I'm always looking for a great place out of nowhere. Got anything?

Kate & Als and Pete's in the market seem really interesting. Are they worth a stopover?

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  1. There are a few "pizza" threads worth checking out. For example, this one's the biggie:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/186329

    Then there are also a few focused on Monmouth County, in particular:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/637912
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/702192
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/721882

    Most of the worthy choices are discussed.

    1. We moved to northern Ocean County from Manhattan almost 8 years ago and were pleased to have recently found the best pizza place we've tried in this (Brick) area - Denino's South, 869 Mantoloking Road, Brick 08723, (732) 262-1313:

      http://www.deninospizzeria.com/

      The Brick store apparently opened in October 2010 and is a branch of the Staten Island original. Very nice folks, too. Haven't tried the sausage/meat pies yet, but the plain cheese pies are excellent, with delicious crust (similar to Vic's in Bradley Beach as opposed to Pete & Elde's [Neptune] crackery thinness), good cheese - and well oiled. Good/decent start-off Caesar salads, too.

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      1. re: sbier

        Unfortunately it pales compared to the SI location.

      2. Yes on the Kate and Al's. Unique pizza made in a sheet pan. Best enjoyed outside at one of the flea market picnic tables on a nice sunny day.

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        1. re: diablo

          yeah we are almost def going there. How does Pete's compare? should we choose one over teh other?

            1. re: Jeffsayyes

              I like them both - would pick one or the other and save room for more pizza from elsewhere.

          1. As noted there are a bunch of threads listing peoples' favorites, some of which are quite current. I'm not sure if people have been holding some secret places in their vest pocket for a thread like this, but I guess we'll find out. I suspect it will just be another list of favorite pizza places. Which isn't such a bad thing.

            Pizza Town - Elmwood Park
            Ah'Pizz - Montclair

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            1. re: tommy

              we had the first of probably 5 tours today.
              Star tavern, ah'pizz, spirito's, al santillo's

              ah'pizz was awesome. al santillo'swas a great experience- al is wonderful.star was great too, the top reminded me of margarita pizza in jamaica, but in a bar pie.

              1. re: Jeffsayyes

                Did Al show you the oven.....it's quite a site. He's one of the nicest people I ever met in the food business.....and he's very knowledgeable about his trade

                  1. re: Jeffsayyes

                    If you are ever in Bergen County....give Lodi Pizza and Pizzatown a try.....the SLICES & whole pies are great. You can have both in less than a two mile stretch on Route 46.

                    http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/20...

                    http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/20...

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                    Lodi Pizza Restaurant
                    19 US Highway 46 W, Lodi, NJ 07644

                    1. re: fourunder

                      100 percent going to Pizzatown USA. Lodi seems really interesting. Do you think it could be considered best in the state?

                      1. re: Jeffsayyes

                        Lodi's slice was horrible on my one visit. Maybe I'm missing something.

                        1. re: tommy

                          I had a slice at Lodi on my recent visit to Pizzatown. Lodi makes a slightly smaller pie, cuts it into 6 slices. The slice is much too thick, and the cheese and sauce were bland and tasteless, IMO.

                          But I wasn't thrilled with PTUSA's pizza, either; the warmed-up slices don't seem to heat up well, probably the only way to go is a fresh whole pie there...

                          1. re: menton1

                            Just a quick joke...guy walks into a pizza parlor and orders a large. Owner asks if he wants it cut into six or eight slices. Guy says, "Make it six. I can't eat eight."

                            Fonly remember Pizza Town. Maybe next time i'll stop. Steve's in Fair Lawn was always a good one. But, like the old saying goes, pizza is like sex. When it's good, it's great. When it's bad, it's still pretty good.

                        2. re: Jeffsayyes

                          I'm no pizza connoisseur, but I loved the slices I got at Pizzatown USA the other day. Not too much cheese. Great sauce. Crispy. Not heavy. Yum.

                      2. re: Jeffsayyes

                        What's not to love about Spirito's. Pizza is wonderful but it's the ravioli and garlic salad that keep me returning!

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

                        1. re: HillJ

                          From yesterday's Star Ledger -
                          Sylvia (nee D'Alessandro) Spirito, 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at the Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Elizabeth, N.J. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the funeral from the Petruccelli Funeral Home, 232 Christine St., Elizabeth, N.J., on Saturday, May 7, at 9:30 a.m., thence to St. Anthony's R.C. Church, Elizabeth, N.J., where at 10:30 a.m. a Funeral Mass will be offered. Interment will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Linden, N.J. Friends may call on Friday, May 6, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mrs. Spirito was a lifelong resident of the city of Elizabeth. She was the former co-proprietor of Spirito's Restaurant, located in the Peterstown section of Elizabeth, from 1985 to 1996 with her late husband, Frank Spirito, and was the sole proprietor from 1996 to 2001. Mrs. Spirito was predeceased by her husband, Frank Spirito, who died in May 1996; her five brothers, Anthony (Tears) Guiliano, Vincent (Wings) Guiliano, Thomas (Gimps) D'Alessandro, Pasquale D'Alessandro and John D'Alessandro, and her sister, Raphaela DiMaio. She was the beloved mother of Beverly Anne Sporer, Gemma DeGregorio, Margo Berzito and Toni Peduto. She is also survived by two sisters, Anna DeMaio and Marie LaMorte; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions in care of her memory may be made to the American Heart Association , 1 Union St., No. 301, Robbinsville, N.J. 08691-4183.
                          Published in Star-Ledger on May 5, 2011

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

                          1. re: OGguy

                            First Ferraro's burns to the ground and now Ms. Sylvia is gone. Sounds like a memorial pizza is in order for lunch today.

                    2. re: Jeffsayyes

                      ah'pizz was good, but it's gone downhill - as the food comes out luke warm & has just fallen off of their game - which I feel bad about, cause I really thought ah'pizz was great!

                  2. I'd reccomend a few...
                    Vic's, Bradley Beach
                    Vesuvio's Belmar
                    My favorite newcomer...Salerno's in Hazlet on Bethany Road....

                    I know Pete and Eldas rides high..just really never worked for me.....First 2 I mentioned very old school...Salerno's..newere but great quality....my favorite..the Buffalo Chicken..

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                    Pete and Elda's
                    96 Woodland Ave, Neptune City, NJ 07753

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