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Italian Cheesecake (aka Ricotta Pie)

sciguy18 Apr 3, 2012 03:42 PM

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.

  1. NellyNel Jul 17, 2012 01:51 PM

    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
      njmarshall55 Jul 17, 2012 02:30 PM

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

      1. re: njmarshall55
        NellyNel Jul 18, 2012 06:19 AM

        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?!

    2. ambrose Apr 9, 2012 05:40 PM

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


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        stillnotdon Apr 9, 2012 03:53 PM

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

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        1. re: stillnotdon
          sciguy18 Apr 10, 2012 02:02 PM

          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.

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          doggiedoc Apr 4, 2012 09:37 PM

          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
            pm_fan Apr 5, 2012 01:27 PM

            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!

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            nizza Apr 4, 2012 07:31 PM

            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. njmarshall55 Apr 4, 2012 06:13 AM

              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
                ttoommyy Apr 4, 2012 11:15 AM

                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
                  roro1831 Apr 4, 2012 12:24 PM

                  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
                    ttoommyy Apr 4, 2012 06:48 PM

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

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                stillnotdon Apr 3, 2012 05:04 PM

                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
                  MRG58 Apr 4, 2012 05:08 AM

                  Lyndhurst Pastry Shop
                  256 Ridge Road
                  Lyndhurst, NJ

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                    Curlz Apr 4, 2012 05:24 PM


                  2. re: stillnotdon
                    sciguy18 Apr 4, 2012 01:47 PM

                    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.

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