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A Mano...what pizza is Better?

Finally tried A Mano...don't understand the hoopla...yes, it was good...had the butternut squash with pancetta and carmelized onions
...very creative mix of flavors...the eggplant parm plate was really
eggplant and sauce (too
much)...margherita pizza certainly tasty...but don't feel it is outstanding.
Certainly a good meal...OH...AND I WISH I KNEW...
BYOB!! Paid $29.00 for a bottle of cab...decent but not worth $29.00.
No wine by the glass.

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  1. I haven't been to A Mano in years, but the original pizzaolo (Roberto) now owns two of the most highly-regarded Neapolitan pizza places in NYC (Keste and Don Antonio). I fully credit him with the nuttiness that now surrounds this style of pizza making. That said, the last time I was at A Mano I was disappointed by too much and realized I don't need to make the effort to go there when other terrific options abound.

    In NNJ, The Monk Room in Newark (a block from the Pru Center) is turning out the. REAL. deal. The place is owned by the folks who have Porta in Asbury Park (and soon to open in Jersey City). Their head pizzaolA was trained by Roberto and she knows what she's doing--and their staff has also obviously been equally well-trained.

    Not officially Neapolitan, but I love the pizzas at Arturo's in Maplewood. LOVE. The chef/owner was a breadmaker first, and his dough/crusts are to die for. And it's BYO. :-) He also owns Razza in Jersey City (see a trend here?); I haven't been, but friends who have say the quality is as good as it is in Maplewood.

    1. Head down to Robbinsville and Hopewell (pretty close together) and enjoy Osteria Procaccini and Nomad.
      Both are BYOB (you get to bring your favorite pizza wine).

      Here is a thread a couple years ago. All the pizza's were tasted the same day. Pictures included, they help tell the story.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/865045

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      1. re: tom246

        Osteria Procaccini is in Pennington and Nomad is in Hopewell.

        1. re: kamiosaki

          Should have said Kingston for Osteria (I prefer to Pennington), still close to Hopewell.

          A perfect pizza outing is to hit both in the same day.

          1. re: tom246

            So given a choice between Nomad and Pennington-Osteria, which do you prefer? Haven't tried the Kingston version yet, but (IMO) Nomad was better than Pennington.

            1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

              Sorry for the late reply, just saw this. I prefer Osteria Kingston over Nomad by a hair. Here is a link to a pizza crawl that featured Osteria, Nomad, Porta and Mancinni's. All in the same day. Osteria and Nomad were the winners, both way ahead of Porta and Mancinni's.

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8650...

              1. re: tom246

                Thanks for the reply and the link - must have missed it the first time round.
                Really jealous of your crawl. Always thought that if I ever did a crawl it would be for cheese steaks in Philly - Now I'll have to rethink that.

      2. It's BYOB but they sold you wine?

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          1. re: smilingal

            iirc they have a license for NJ wines ONLY.

            1. re: Curlz

              That might be the case as our waiter pointed out that our bottle was from NJ.

        1. Dozzino in Hoboken. And it is BYOB. Was there again today and their dough is the best I have ever had outside of Italy.

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          1. re: ttoommyy

            I second the Dozzino recommendation. This is a place that has really hit it's stride.

            1. re: Anthony A

              I am simply amazed every time I go just how good the dough/crust is. I have never had anything else in the US that's come close.

          2. A Mano makes a real"Pizza Napoletana". Imported flour, san marzano tomatoes and good,fresh mozzarella cooked in a 900deg oven for less than 2 minutes. You have to eat it soon as it comes out of the oven or it will get "pesante" or heavy as Neapolitans like to say
            We usually have the margherita or the sausage and broccoli di rape.The only problem we have is when they get busy and the pizza lingers at the counter for too long. Now we go at off peek hours and we have no problem
            Their panini are also good and made from a focaccia using the same pizza dough.

            1. A Mano is very popular and has a very strong following. Regardless, that doesn't mean that everyone likes it. As I've always said, different people like different things -- chocolate and vanilla.

              While the place is popular and they seem to do very well, crowd-wise, and while it is often crowded -- I know a couple of people who prefer Kinchley's or Lido or Brooklyn. Those aren't better. They are just different.

              As far as BYOB -- like many in Ridgewood, yes, it is. There's a liquor store right around the corner. Wish you would have known that.

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              1. re: ELA

                Ridgewood complaint.....a friend just told me over the weekend at a BBQ party, he backed up into a space and a cop gave him a ticket for backing up two car lengths as reckless driving.

                1. re: ELA

                  I am on the eternal quest for great pizza...will make a trip out of it! I will look into Lido and Brooklyn...have tried Kinchleys

                  1. re: smilingal

                    Then you have to get to Porta in Asbury park or the monk room in Newark!

                    1. re: Curlz

                      Thnx Curlz...will add them to my list!

                2. For a small local place, I really enjoy the wood fired pizzas at Mannino Pizzeria in Moonachie. BYOB as well.

                  Mannino Pizzeria
                  8 E Joseph St Moonachie NJ