Tomato Pie, Morristown
After much debate, I finally caved in and tried Tomato Pie in Morristown. As some of you may know, I'm a bit of a pizza fanatic. When this place opened last year, having heard quite a bit about Trenton style pizza and never having tried it, I thought this would be my chance.
I read every review on Yelp and, since nothing was too damning, I gave it a shot.
Worst pizza that I've ever eaten in a pizzeria. The only thing that beats it is frozen pizza, which is completely unforgivable.
Quite a few reviews on Yelp referenced the lack of cheese, so I spent the 3 dollars on the extra cheese ($19 total, including tax- 19 bucks!!!!). The additional cheese was a little more cheese than I would have liked, but it didn't make much of a difference. Mozzarella should have buttery and nutty notes. This was completely tasteless.
Or maybe the cheese had some flavor and it was overpowered by the sauce. Between the cheese, sauce and crust, the sauce and crust were, by far, the most egregious offenders. You know how if you saute garlic a bit too much, it goes bitter? Well, imagine mixing equal parts bitter garlic with tomatoes (an absolutely obscene amount of horrible tasting garlic), cooking it to drive any tomato flavor off and what's left is the sauce of Tomato Pie. It was as if someone purposely set out to make the least tomato-ey tasting sauce possible- and succeeding. Maybe it's one of those countless rip-off brands of San Marzanos, I don't know. I do know that the only flavor that greets you when you bite into this pizza is bitter garlic.
And the crust? I saw a guy hand stretching a pizza, so I don't think the dough goes through a sheeter, but the pinched edge certainly is a tell tale sign. Honestly, I really don't mind California Pizza Kitchen, and that's sheeted. The undercrust had the faintest yellow tinge and the very tip of the edge was brown, but, other than that, this crust had no color whatsoever. And zero taste. It's pretty standard these days for local pizzerias to do same dough flavor impaired doughs, but the lack of flavor in this dough was record breaking.
Caveat: I have pizza on the brain. I bleed paper plates. I've eaten at probably over 40 pizzerias in Morris County and they're all pretty bad. This is a step below anything else, though.
Caveat 2: Delorenzo's didn't achieve national fame with pizza like this. I'm not using this experience to judge Trenton Style pizza, nor should anyone else. If I want the real deal, I probably should go to Trenton.
I don't think anyone is ignoring Hamilton Ave but is is much smaller than 33, parking is so much easier at 33, the water at Hamilton is not drinkable and most of all the pie at 33 most resembles (to me) the original on Hudson though I will say there is not much difference between all 3 places.
Just as an update, though this should not come as any surprise given the abysmal food served at the establishment, the other day while walking passed the location I noted an eviction notice in the front window. Tomato Pie is no longer.