You may have strong opinions on New York or Chicago style, but pizza lovers everywhere are now flocking to New Jersey – the number one state for pizza according to Food + Wine Magazine. Visit New Jersey (www.visitnj.org) has made your next New Jersey pizza tour a breeze with these 10 can’t-miss stops.
- Benny Tudino’s
When you eat at Benny Tudino’s, you don’t leave hungry. This no-frills pizza joint proudly boasts the “biggest slice around” and offers a full menu of Italian classics. It’s no surprise that this has become a Hoboken favorite after more than five decades of feeding happy customers.
- The Original Thin Crust Pizza Company
This one’s for you, thin crust lovers. The Original Thin Crust Pizza Company in East Brunswick is true to its name, serving up that hard-to-find, super-thin crust. Owner Matt Verney puts his own spin on a 60-year-old family recipe passed to him from his days at Vitale’s Bar and Grill.
- De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies
For authentic Italian thin crust pizza, look no further than De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies in Robbinsville. Established in the 1940’s by a family who immigrated from Southern Italy, this long-standing business has changed buildings over the years but never changed hands – It’s now run by the third generation of the De Lorenzo family.
With vegan options, craft beer, and gourmet toppings in an industrial setting, it’s easy to see why the trendy Talula’s is a hotspot in Asbury Park. Led by an ethos-conscious husband-and-wife team, the thoughtful menu revolves around sourdough pizza, and everything from dairy-free cheeses to ice cream is made in-house.
- Brooklyn Square Pizza
Brooklyn Square Pizza maintains its mom-and-pop feel at all three locations in Toms River, Manalapan Township, and Jackson Township. The restaurant’s famous upside-down pie is a must-try, but you also can’t go wrong with their traditional Italian offerings, which are inspired by the home-cooked meals on which owner Pietro “Peter” Grippo was raised.
- Ferazzoli’s Italian Kitchen
Arguably the best pizza place in Rutherford, Ferazzoli’s offers local favorites like the Grandma Pie (with square, thin crust) and the Speciale (topped with chicken cutlet, basil and honey). When you visit, don’t skip dessert. Order the kid-favorite Dessert Pie with your choice of sugary toppings like M&M’s or mini marshmallows.
- Calabria Restaurant & Pizzeria
This Livingston staple is known for its classic brick oven pizza, family-friendly atmosphere and fine dining options. Calabria is a great choice for thin crust lovers who want the perfect crunch with every bite.
- Manco & Manco Pizza
A great stop for kids, Manco & Manco Pizza in Ocean City puts on a show. Watch as expert pie makers twirl and stretch the dough, making your pizza from scratch right in front of you. Order their signature thin and crispy pizza, which has been on the menu since their first location opened in 1956.
- Federici’s Family Restaurant
Operating for more than 100 years, Federici’s in Freehold is a fourth-generation, family-run restaurant that has made a name for itself with its award-winning thin crust pizza and traditional Northern Italian dishes.
With three popular locations, there’s no reason to miss out on Porta’s authentic Neapolitan pizza. Enjoy the picnic table seating in Asbury Park, the weekend dance parties in Montclair, or the heated rooftop patio and late-night pizza in Jersey City. Each location is stylish and unique, but all serve up a delicious wood-fired pie.
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