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Nov 15, 2013 10:34 AM

Pizza in Hamilton (Mercer County) I haven't tried

My usual pie place is Papa's, especially since they moved to Robbinsville-much nearer my Hamilton residence than the original place in Trenton. Go there at least once a week; thinking of trying something new.
So, 2 places I've never tried:

1. Joeys' (formerly Maruca's) on Whitehorse-Mercerville Road. Comments, opinions?

2. Jeppy's (also on Whitehorse-Mercerville Road) across from Pete's Steakhouse Tavern) in what was once a short-lived "soul" food joint-chicken, ribs, etc. Jeppy's has been there for 3 years now-anyone have any info?

As noted, I generally do Papa's-I also like Villa Maria, on Quakerbridge Road, and JoJo's. Never been crazy about either DeLo's-but I'm happy to eat it. I won't eat PaPa John's, Domino's, Pizza Hut, or any other pie cooked on a conveyor belt instead of an oven. Used to live in Chicago, where I could see the lights from the original (pre-franchise) Uno's and Due's from my apartment. I loved them both-but don't believe the franchised versions have much merit.
Met my wife at Giordano's on Rush Street, over a Chicago stuffed pizza. I liked Gino's and Eduardo's stuffed pizza(in Chicago) too.

The point is that, basically, I like just about every variety of pizza/tomato pie, and am willing to try new places.

Any shared knowledge about Joey's and/or Jeppy's will be greatly appreciated.


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  1. Delorenzos in Robbinsville great clam pie.

    2350 New Jersey 33, Robbinsville, NJ 08691
    (609) 341-8480

    4 Replies
    1. re: Tapas52

      I do like the clam pie at DeLo's-Papa's doesn't serve that. I have just never warmed up to either of the relocated Delo's (Robbinsville and Sloan Ave, respectively). Now that Papa's is in our 'hood, it's the default choice.

      As to Ivy Tavern, below, I've been there a couple of times, having seen their TV ads. To be honest, I never ordered any food there-just had a beer, each time I went. Maybe I'm being superficial, but the over ambience and (lack of) cleanliness, made me decide not to try the pie.
      I've lived in Hamilton for over 15 years now, and can't remember anyone else actually recommending The Ivy for food.
      A place I miss is the Table Road Tavern, in Trenton, below Brunswick circle. They had great Trenton tomato pie.

      1. re: mchametzky

        I haven't been there in maybe a year or so but I've never seen anything that would turn me off regarding cleanliness. They do have an annoying habit of leaving your pie on top of the oven if you ordered it to go and are sitting at the bar. I guess so you'll order a couple more drinks.

        I've never seen any TV ads for them are you sure we're talking about the same place?

        I think you mean the Top Road Tavern near the Brunswick circle and yes they made an excellent pie but I'm surprised you liked the place as they were much shabbier and older than the Ivy.

        1. re: TomDel

          Top Road Tavern was a dive: but at least it was dark. Ivy ads were on late night tv only-may have not be running them anymore. That was how I first heard of it and knew where it's located (near Whitehorse Circle). The 2 times I went in, I never saw anyone eating, just drinkers (which is fine).

          What would you recommend eating there?

          Ever been to either of the 2 places I was asking about, Joey's and/or Jeppy's?

          1. re: mchametzky

            Ivy rec'd - Bar Pie with sausage.

            I've never been to either Joey's or Jeppy's. Went to the original Maruca's on North Olden avenue many years ago.

            Pete's Steakhouse across the street from Jeppy's makes a decent, if not great, pie and an excellent anti-pasta.

            A place I haven't tried yet is Palumbo's located at the old Hurry Back Inn on Klockner Rd. Their Bordentown location has a pretty good rep.

    2. The Ivy Tavern on S. Broad Street near the Whitehorse circle makes an excellent pie.

      1. I suggest trying Brothers' Pizza on Rte 33 and Massismo's on Liberty Street. Both make great pizza and have some other great items on their menus.. Brothers makes a tomato pie, as well. Not sure if Massimo's does, but their Nonna's pie is awesome.

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        1. re: pm_fan

          Thanks-been to both numerous times. Used to go ro Brothers on 33 frequently-they sponsored my son's soccer team at one time.
          I guess no one out there has tried either Joey's or Jeppy's?

        2. How is DeLorenzo's pizza in Hamilton since the move?

          4 Replies
          1. re: Sdenred

            The pizza is the same - they even brought over their old ovens. They also brought over the old booths from Hamilton Ave. However, the vibe is completely different. It's nice not to have to go through the kitchen to get to the bathroom though.

            1. re: cranrob

              went back for the 2nd time last night, what's nice is they have plenty of seating so no need to wait for a table. The only complaint I had was that the white pizza (w/asparagus) needed a touch more garlic.

              1. re: cranrob

                They also brought over the old booths from Hamilton Ave.


                Did they allow for more space for fat guys like myself when they re-installed?

              2. re: Sdenred

                Their Clam Pie is my favorite!! & Heirloom Tomato Salad with Burrata Cheese YUM!

              3. Gennaro's Brooklyn Pie - best in Mercer.

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                1. re: Rigmaster

                  I really like this one, too. Gennaro's is on Rt.33 in a little strip center along with Halo Pub (ice cream).