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Italian Cheesecake (aka Ricotta Pie)

Anyone know a bakery where I can get a good Italian Cheesecake (aka Ricotta Pie)? Would prefer the Trenton or Newark areas, but anyplace in between is also okay. Thanks.

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  1. Enzo's restaurant in Lawrenceville, just outside of Trenton, makes the best ricotta cheesecake I've ever had. I know they do catering, so maybe it wouldn't be too late to call them...

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    1. re: stillnotdon

      Lyndhurst Pastry Shop
      256 Ridge Road
      Lyndhurst, NJ

      1. re: stillnotdon

        Been to Enzo's many times for dinner. I didn't think they would sell a whole cake. It is worth a try though. Thanks.

      2. I THINK ( don't quote me) that Carlo's (THE Carlo's) does a good one. Hoboken too far?

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        1. re: njmarshall55

          Carlo's does do a good ricotta pie but the OP will have to wait on line for hours to get in.

          1. re: ttoommyy

            Unless they know someone who lives in town and calls the order in. Residents don't have to wait in line, and I'm not certain but if you called in an order you may not have to wait in line to pick it up. The line is for tourists.

            1. re: roro1831

              Well yes i know that, i live in hoboken but did not want to rub it in. :)

        2. The closest to Newark I would suggest would be either

          Plaza Pastry Shop
          39 Franklin Ave · Nutley ·
          (973) 661-0011

          Gencarelli's Bakery
          446 Broad St
          (973) 743-1480


          1. It may be further than you want to travel but there's a farm market in Hammonton (the Red Barn Cafe) that has wonderful Ricotta pies...

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            1. re: doggiedoc

              I second that! Penza Pies are wonderful in general, but their ricotta pies are delicious. They are about an hour south of Trenton and most definitely worth the drive!

            2. So, where did you get it, and how was it?

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              1. re: stillnotdon

                Got one at Gencarelli's in Bloomfield. I didn't have any others to compare it to, but everyone seemed to enjoy it. The price was not bad either - about $12 for a large.

              2. Yesterday we were at a friend's house for Easter dinner and they had two ricotta pies from Bovella's in Westfield. Excellent!


                1. Sorry, is calling an Italian Cheesecake *Ricotta Pie* a New Jersey thing??

                  I am Italian American from Brooklyn, and in Brooklyn a Ricotta Pie is a Ricotta Pie - or Pizza Rustica -a savory pie made with ricotta, provolone and meats...fantastic!

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                  1. re: NellyNel

                    It might be. My italian friends all call Italian cheesecake by "Ricotta Pie." Pizza Rustica is PR. And I agree...fantastic!!

                    1. re: njmarshall55

                      Really? I never heard IC called RP! Ever.

                      But - I Googled RP and sure enough, loads of Italian Cheesecake recipes came up!

                      So maybe, its just a Brooklyn thing to call PR, RP.


                      Oh, yeah, it's delicious!!!

                      PS, why are you NJ marshall when you live in CT?!