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munchmobile does gourmet pizzas

tk07457 Aug 3, 2012 06:25 AM

some good pizza places discussed here:


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    tom246 Aug 3, 2012 07:45 AM

    Of all the treks the munchmobile goes on this one would have been the most fun. Sampling of multiple pizza at several different places... whats not to like.

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      albinoni Aug 3, 2012 08:27 AM

      Their mostly negative report on the San Marzano Pasta Bar in Westfield was interesting. Earlier this summer I stopped in there late in the afternoon for an expresso--nobody there knew how to operate the machine, and they ran around like chickens without heads looking for "the girl." Then one of the guys said he knew how--I asked for a double, and received a single shot in a large cup. Sounds like they are still not ready for prime time.

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        tom246 Aug 3, 2012 08:42 AM

        Funny story, how many people to change a light bulb :)

    2. ambrose Aug 3, 2012 10:05 AM

      Where they munched:

      Ah' Pizz, Montclair, www.ahpizznj.com

      Arturo's Osteria & Pizzeria, Maplewood, www.arturosnj.com

      Nomad Pizza, Hopewell, www.nomadpizzaco.com

      Osteria Procaccini, Kingston, www.osteriaprocaccini.com

      Pizza Vita, Summit, www.pizzavitanj.com

      San Marzano Pasta Bar, Westfield, www.sanmarzanopastabar.com

      1. tommy Aug 3, 2012 11:50 AM

        Their use of the word "gourmet" is unfortunate. These are just good pizzas.

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          tk07457 Aug 3, 2012 11:58 AM

          so what do you consider gourmet?
          Tomorrow, the Munchers will search for the best gourmet and artisanal pizza in New Jersey. Don’t nominate your favorite neighborhood pizzeria and its pepperoni or chicken pizza; we’re looking for pizzerias that offer gourmet/specialty/unique pizzas — imported or high-end ingredients, one-of-a-kind pizzas — you get the idea.

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            tommy Aug 3, 2012 02:04 PM

            I don't know what "gourmet" pizza is, and I hope to never find out.

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              equal_Mark Aug 5, 2012 12:57 PM

              Portas in AP? House made mozz & dough cooked in wood fired ovens. The decor is not high end, but the ingredients and cooking are...

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                tommy Aug 5, 2012 01:09 PM

                Sounds like what people in Naples have been doing for years. Not sure if they'd qualify that as "gourmet", but perhaps others do.

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                tk07457 Aug 6, 2012 06:46 AM

                try it, it won't kill you!!

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                  tommy Aug 6, 2012 06:53 AM

                  Try what? I might not have been clear. I don't like the use of the word "gourmet." It's meaningless and misused in this context, and, unfortunately off-putting to some.

                  I've had Neapolitan style pizza and have been to several of the places featured.

                  1. re: tommy
                    equal_Mark Aug 6, 2012 10:07 AM

                    In other words, given the title of the thread "munchmobile does gourmet pizzas" you could simply have replied "No, it doesn't." :-)

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                      TomDel Oct 7, 2012 01:56 AM

                      I agree with you Tommy. Pizza by definition is peasant comfort food. It's great and I love it but "gourmet" it's not no matter what the toppings.

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                        chowhounder411 Nov 9, 2012 12:56 PM

                        They used gourmet to distinguish between the places they visited with mostly homemade ingredients from local farms or with known origins over the Domino's and 5 pizzerias in every town using low-moisture mozzarella purchased from a rep of a monster corporation and GMO veggies, bland mass produced meats, etc. The word may be disagreeable but the distinction trying to be made is not.

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                  Curlz Aug 5, 2012 12:27 PM

                  Too late, I know, but Mancinni's in Montclair is doing an impressive job (imo) and I'm freaaaaaking out over Porta in Asbury Park. Their pizzaola was trained by Roberto Caporuscio, if that tells you anything!

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                    tk07457 Aug 6, 2012 06:46 AM

                    i have heard about mancinni's but have not gotten there yet...do they have a website?

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                      Curlz Aug 6, 2012 05:16 PM

                      Last I checked, no...just a Facebook page. Note that Mancinni's is tiiiiiny--6 tables? And BYO. :-)

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                        dan Aug 6, 2012 05:58 PM

                        The 'salami' is wonderful... with soppresata and dried peppers. great complex flavor.

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                  tamerlanenj Aug 22, 2012 06:27 PM

                  It''s too bad they didn't go to Angeloni's in Caldwell. Awesome stuff.

                  Does anyone here like Tomato Pie or Brick Oven in Morristown? I'm moving there soon and have heard not good things about pizza in Morris County :(

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                    fourunder Aug 23, 2012 08:48 AM

                    The Reservoir Tavern and Columbia Inn are favorites for many......

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                      Marie07960 Nov 10, 2012 04:57 PM

                      I prefer Tomato Pie over Brick Oven. My current favorite at Tomato Pie is the Grandma Pie. It's square and thin with just the right amount of tomatoes and cheese - not too much. I don't think it's for everyone because it's not typical. They do have others with more plentiful amounts of toppings. The pie at Brick Oven was unremarkable and once was enough.

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                        tamerlanenj Nov 27, 2012 12:46 AM

                        Thanks. Recently had the grandma pie at tomato pie actually. Very good....but ptoo garlicky for my wife. Loved the grandpa pie at Nonnas in Florham Park.

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