Deninos Pizza new Brick Location
As a kid growing up in Staten Island Denino's was one of the best places for a good Pizza...glad to see they are expanding locations....I haven't been to the Brick one yet ....anyone been?...
Yes! My aunt and uncle had dinner for my cousin's birthday there this past Saturday evening. It was very busy and didn't seem like it was going to be letting up.
I'll say this for my review in brief; it didn't suck, which for Ocean County is something unheard of, particularly for pizza. Especially compared to the abysmal Tommy's "Coal-Fired" Pizza on Route 70 in Brick/Lakewood and the awful Nino's "Coal-Fired" Pizza on Route 9 and Cox Cro Road in Toms River which seem to be the hot joints these days. Also, anything touting its Staten Island pedigree always makes me at best suspicious and hesitant and at worst violently opposed.
The lot of 13 of us had the rice balls, which are served curt in quarters with chopped meat and peas in tomato sauce but oddly lacking discernable rice (really good, otherwise), wholly unremarkable, standard, boring fried calamari, and the spinach salad with walnuts, goat cheese, and sliced apples, untossed (which both my brother and I despise) with a very sweet, out-of-the-bottle raspberry vinaigrette. All in all, appetizer course ranked neutral.
For pizzas, we ordered a regular, a margherita, a buffalo chicken (my cousin's favorite), and a broccoli rabe with sausage. Denino's is a place that proves you CAN make a half-way decent pizza, COOKED PROPERLY in your standard pizza parlor oven provided you turn the temperature in the oven up high enough. The crusts were thin, yet crispy and suprisingly resiliant with no saltine cracker or matzoh vibe which is common in this type and a litte black char. The margherita was simple and well done, dare I say correctly done. My mom, who hates thin crust and most pizzas she or I don't make ourselves, had four slices to the delight of my uncle. I'm not a fan of the other two "specialty" pizzas, but they were popular and overall we left nothing behind.
All in all, I was presently surprised by the quality of the pizzas and it gets a solid, "will at least try again once or until I'm disappointed." I'm not sure how well the place will fare once we get deeper into the fall winter, but there was talk of already expanding. It's in a rotten place right off of Old Hooper Avenue on Mantoloking Road so we'll see how long it lasts.
I'd definitely recommend giving it a try especially as you've had such experience with the original.
My wife and I have been there three times. Once a 20 minute wait, the other two times no wait. We second the salad review, pass on it. The pizzas are excellent. We've only had the "standard" with garlic and peppers, and extra sauce on one-half (mine).
Since our last visit we've tried three times to get in and won't wait 45 minutes. No pizza is worth it.
A second best goes to the new (?) coal fired place on Arnold Ave. in Point Pleasant. On the subject of Arnold Ave. skip Spanos (sp?). Just awful, over salted food.