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#61 201

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Posted 18 September 2002 - 05:50 PM

So what did you eat instead of the awesome pizza?!?

I just skipped that meal between lunch and dinner. Linner, lunner, dinch... whatever it should be called. Of course, if I had been really hungry or intent on having a meal, I probably would've headed over to Fink's. Which MAY have been his sinister plan all along!!! :hmmm:

Other options would've been numerous in the Hackensack area. There's no danger of me not finding somewhere acceptable to eat around there! :biggrin:

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Posted 18 September 2002 - 07:29 PM

Lido is more of a restaurant than a pizzeria, but it's SUPER casual, and of the "plastic checkered table cloth" variety.

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Posted 18 September 2002 - 07:59 PM

"I probably would've headed over to Fink's. Which MAY have been his sinister plan all along!!!"
DRAT Foiled Again !!!!!
Pretty good pizza is available about 4 doors south of the lido at Victors, if I just wanna quick slice or pies for the staff I usually order from there.

Had the pie at Steve's Sizzlin' Steak House in Maywood, it was pretty good, but it is definately a restaurant, nice beer selection too.

I have been to kinchley's once or twice and liked the pie and the packed place attested to it's popularity (it was 2:00 in the afternoon)

I have heard that Hannah's on Main and River in New Milford used to be the Lido II and that the menu's are almost identical but have yet to try it out.

The waitresses at the Lido have all been working there since I started going, about 15 years ago. The Lido has been around at least 50 years, the story is on the menu, but I don't recall it. The decor would best be described as dark and dingy with lots of booths up front and scattering of tables in the rear. A juke box is in the rear area for music. They have liquor but no bar and the tables fill up every night; they are open to 11 I believe, maybe later on Friday and Saturday. The crust is so thin and nice, it is like a pizza "cracker" mmmmmm. Avoid the garlic bread though, unless you go in for the garlic powder variety. The Chicken Parm is also another hit.
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Posted 18 September 2002 - 08:31 PM

im not sure if anyone has said this allready but strawberries in woodbridge makes a great thin crust. It usede to be the absolute best but now it still really good and it still hold high rank around me.

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Posted 19 September 2002 - 05:39 AM

Lido is more of a restaurant than a pizzeria, but it's SUPER casual, and of the "plastic checkered table cloth" variety.

i had a dream i went to Lido last night. my relationship with this board is certainly starting to get frightening :wacko:

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Posted 21 September 2002 - 08:17 AM

Ray's Pizza here in Verona I used to like when he opened years ago. He said he remembers when I was a kid.

I heard that Paulie Pizza on RT46 in Clifton was good. You pass that place all the time and never stop it. It's at the top of the hill coming west before you get to the Tick-Tock Diner. Anyone ever go?

I like the pizza at the Star Tavern in Orange but it's a bit salty.

A funny story is that we have a Domino's pizza here in Verona on Bloomfield Avenue and someone decided to open up a PaPa John's across the street. Personally, I think Domino's is crap. I had PaPa John's several times down in Florida and thought maybe it was the best of the take away/delivery pizza. Low and behold, the PaPa John's closed up several months later. The owner of Domino's was quite happy, he had even fought with the town to not allow the competition in. Like we don't have enough pizza places in Verona to begin with!

Some places that I know of in Verona:

Verona Pizza
Ray's
Domino's (Yuck)
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Posted 21 September 2002 - 12:37 PM

NJ2FLA, Paulies is on RT3 in Clifton. Its a weird little place, big sign almost no room inside. The pizza is just OK. On RT46 you have Pizza Town(wonderful) and Lodi Pizza(also good, but not as good). There's also Brunos(great Sicilian and mussels). These pizzarias are all on the westbound side of 46. On the eastbound side is La Pizzaria(next to Krausers). The funny thing is that there seems to be more good Pizzarias and bagel places(anouther thread) in NJ than there are in NY. This comes from a guy who grew up in LI and lived in NYC for 20 yrs. I baked bagels for about 7yrs so I know the differnce.
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Posted 21 September 2002 - 08:18 PM

NJ2FLA,  Paulies is on RT3 in Clifton. Its a weird little place, big sign almost no room inside. The pizza is just OK. .

I'm drawing a blank on Paulie's. WB? Before the HoJo and Acura dealer, but west of where ADP used to be?

You'd think that area (south Clifton / north Nutley) ought to be awash in quality Italian and pizza...

Martha Stewart was born there, grew up there, went to school there, etc. Oughta be something to eat in the nabe.
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Posted 21 September 2002 - 09:36 PM

NJ2FLA,  Paulies is on RT3 in Clifton. Its a weird little place, big sign almost no room inside. The pizza is just OK. On RT46 you have Pizza Town(wonderful) and Lodi Pizza(also good, but not as good). There's also Brunos(great Sicilian and mussels). These pizzarias are all on the westbound side of 46. On the eastbound side is La Pizzaria(next to Krausers). The funny thing is that there seems to be more good Pizzarias and bagel places(anouther thread) in NJ than there are in NY. This comes from a guy who grew up in LI and lived in NYC for 20 yrs. I baked bagels for about 7yrs so I know the differnce.

Hi double OO,

As a fellow Brooklynite, I tend to stay out of these discussions about Jersey pizza. Being of the mind that there ain't any (pizza that is). If you've got some good recs for pizza like they used to make at home (Brooklyn), I'm all ears. Right now the nearest decent to me (Dumont) is a drive to Brooklyn's Coal Burning in Hackensack.

I like Big Tomato in that area just west of rockaway. The ritzy area on th peninsula east of Riis Park but west of Rackaway Beach proper.

Thanks Nick :biggrin:

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Posted 22 September 2002 - 09:07 PM

OOo.. my bad it's Route 3 west bound over there. I always just call it Route 46 because I live west of where it splits off. Just and old bad habbit of mine. I have never been in Paulie's Pizza but I guess someone told me about it. My dad who gew up in Passaic said that there has pretty much always been some sort of pizza place in that spot for a long long time. In fact, he remembers that they used to have the famous 777-7777 phone number. (Clifton has that exchange).

Is the pizza town on Rt 46 (is that Elmwood park or Lodi area) the same as the one on Rt 22 in Springfield?

Speaking of bagles, I remember a bagel bakery down the street and one over from my grandmas house on Sherman Street in Passaic that used to have hot bagels in shopping carts and we used to go there and buy a dozen or so and they would be warm in the bag.. yumm! You would walk right into the bakery through a side soor. I don't even think they had a store front.

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Posted 25 September 2002 - 08:18 AM

I've never tried NJ pizza outside of the tiny little borough of Rutherford (I've lived here in NJ for three years but spend most of my free time in NYC).

Here in town the only good pie I've tried is at Cafe New York and it is indeed tasty (and reasonably priced). It's Neopolitan style with dough brought in daily from their original Brooklyn location andf top quality mozzarella. Not think crust like the coal oven places in NY but thin enough with plenty of taste and chewiness in the crust. I really like this pie.

Just over the tracks in East Rutherford is the "new" Park Tavern. The friend who encouraged me to look at Rutherford as a good housing option swears by their meatball pizza. I finally tried them the other night and stuck to my standard of sausage and onion (to be sure I was comparing apples to apples). It's a very thin crust and hardly even raised at the edge. Good quality cheese, nice sauce and decent toppings. Cafe New York's pie is a bit chewier and more flavorful IMHO but this pie is far superior to any take-out slice I've ever had in NYC - worth trying.

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Posted 25 September 2002 - 08:24 AM

does *anyone* remember CiCi's, at the Point Pleasant boardwalk? i have memories of this being the best pizza that i've ever had, anywhere. i would love to wax nostaglic with someone who remembers the damned place (the competition burned it down in about 1984 or so).

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Posted 25 September 2002 - 09:07 AM

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Posted 23 November 2002 - 10:46 PM

This is a repost of what i entered in the NY Thread, but i thought it appropriate to add here as well....

My Staten Island Pizza Journey

Well, after finally making a trek to Denino's in Staten Island and falling in love with their pizza, i've been hearing stories about "how it doesn't compare to such-and-such a place on SI" or that "it used to be great, but now is only 'ok', and now the GREAT pizza on SI is at ____". Well, i couldn't take it anymore and tonite did what i would call "The Great Pizza Run".

Our original plan was to go to Nunzio's, but as i started to search the internet and read reviews in an attempt to get psyched for great pizza, i heard a lot of great things about a hidden, undiscovered, gem called Lee's Tavern... decisions, decisions!!

Solution: We'll go to Nunzio's and split a pie, and then head to Lee's and split another one!

We make the trip from NJ to Nunzio's and located the place without a problem, but were a bit taken back when we found the place to be empty, there was only one table in the place that had customers seated, and this was at 6:45pm on a Saturday nite! How good could it possibly be if the place wasn't packed, like i'm sure Denino's would be at this hour. We stuck with the basics and had a plain cheese pie. The verdict: good, but it certainly isn't a "destination" pizza place! The crust was the right thickness but lacked flavor and crispiness, the sauce was good, and the cheese was fresh and creamy.... but the whole package didn't blend together. I liked the "no decor" style and the menu painted on the wall, but the pizza was only slightly better than average. We finished the pizza, paid the bill and hoped that our next stop at Lee's Tavern would better.

We drove down the road another mile making a few turns along the way courtesy of mapquest found our way to Lee's Tavern (hard to find as there is no sign outside the building announcing the name). Our hopes were raised as the place was pretty crowded, and we arrived at just the right time as a table was just becoming available from a departing family. I will paraphrase what a few others have said about this place which is entirely true and a perfect description, "It's a real neighborhood place, but you know right away it's NOT your neighborhood." We took our seats and waited for the one waitress in the place to take our order of a few drinks and a large pie, and i knew we'd be in for an even longer wait for our pizza as the place was full, yet only one table had any food in front of them! We waited patiently and finally a large (their description) pie was placed in front of us, and it's a good thing we just ate a pizza at the other place and weren't too hungry because i could have easily eaten this one myself. Their pizza is of a the cracker thin crust variety, ok cheese, and a slightly chunky sause on top of the cheese. Not bad, but once again, nothing great, and certainly not worth the bridge toll to get to.

We proceed to head home and as we get about 3 blocks from Lee's Tavern we see across the street "Goodfella's Pizza, 'Voted Best Pizza in America". We each talk about our level of stuffedness (<--my word) and figure that if it is indeed the best pizza in America we certainly couldn't pass it up, and we better try it now as we're not likely to be returning to the area for the other two places. We walk in and split a bar pie to go which we ended up eating in the car. Although the pie looks good, it's SEVERELY lacking. It tries to be a Patsy Grimaldi type of pizza, but the pie really had NO FLAVOR whatsoever... except for the runny and slightly too spicey tomato sauce glopped on top which reminded me of the NYC chain "Two Boots" (which i'm not a fan of either). I commented to my friend that i don't believe they have the best pizza in America, to which he said he didn't think they had the best pizza in a 5 block radius.

SUMMARY: Staten Island does have some of the best, if not the best, pizza i have ever eaten, but it is only to be found at Denino's, and not at any of these other places that i sometimes hear about that are supposedly "better". Staten Island is not that convenient for me, but Denino's is worth the trip and what i classify as a "destination" pizza place, and worth the hassle to get to. If you find yourself in the area, don't waste your time at any pizza place other than Denino's, as it just isn't worth it.

Next big trip for pizza will be to another NY Island... Coney Island, for my first taste of Tontino's, which i've heard rave reviews about. Worse case scenario is that it's bad, and we'll just have to stop at Denino's on the way back home :)

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Posted 24 November 2002 - 09:01 PM

Don't worry about it being bad, just go early, because when they run out of dough they're done for the day.
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Posted 27 November 2002 - 10:59 PM

Rail Paul,

Paulie Pizza is on Route 3 coming Westbound just past the Honda Dealer that used to be the New Clairmont Diner. It's just before the exit there and before the Tick Tock Diner. It's in an old building and it's attached to some type of flooring store I believe.

Anyone remember the Clairmont when it was here in Verona? Anyone remember Morris?

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Posted 17 December 2002 - 04:24 AM

201 (from the BR rest reveiws) I live in NE Bergen and find it hard to go anywhere close to me to get a slice. In my small town there is probably 10 pizzarias and its impossible to get a slice thats anywhere near fresh. I don't need "artisanal" pies, just one thats not totally oxidized from sitting in the racks since 11am when they open. I guess this is a problem everywhere, it just seems extra bad in my neck of the woods. Btw speaking of bad pizza, Dominoes is coming to Westwood soon (thank god I don't live close enough for delivery because sublimation has brainwashed my kids into beleiving that its actually good) :shock: :shock:
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Posted 17 December 2002 - 08:25 AM

Mazzones in River Edge is not bad. On Kinderkamack

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Posted 17 December 2002 - 09:28 AM

...In my small town there is probably 10 pizzarias and its impossible to get a slice thats anywhere near fresh....

Oh yeah... slices are a whole different category, but one that's certainly worth exploring! I don't get slices very often, but I'm sure someone out there must have sampled enough to know some good spots.

The horrible little pizzeria where I used to work would only have fresh slices if they sold out of the slice pies that were made in the morning (or sometimes the previous day!). Of course, my boss had absolutely no love for his profession, so I like to think that SOMEwhere there's a pizzeria where they make fresh slice pies as a matter of honor rather than necessity.

Double 0 - Should I assume that the places you mentioned earlier in the thread have good slices? If so, then I can go sample them and have a benchmark by which to judge (since I can't get the memory those horrible slices out of my head)!

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Posted 20 December 2002 - 09:05 AM

Vics in Bradley.
Reservoir tavern in Boonton
Nicks, across from Charlottes Web in Dover has
excellent thin crust pizza

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Posted 20 December 2002 - 09:37 AM

Vics in Bradley.
Reservoir tavern in Boonton
Nicks, across from Charlottes Web in Dover has
excellent thin crust pizza

I think Vic's is good, but I think Carmen's (a.k.a. Pete and Elda's) which is in the same geographical area is ten times better. Hands down the best thin crust pizza in the State of New Jersey.

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Posted 20 December 2002 - 10:22 AM

We shall be going to DeLorenzo's in Trenton this Sunday. Cannot wait.

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Posted 20 December 2002 - 12:51 PM

...In my small town there is probably 10 pizzarias and its impossible to get a slice thats anywhere near fresh....

Oh yeah... slices are a whole different category, but one that's certainly worth exploring! I don't get slices very often, but I'm sure someone out there must have sampled enough to know some good spots.

The horrible little pizzeria where I used to work would only have fresh slices if they sold out of the slice pies that were made in the morning (or sometimes the previous day!). Of course, my boss had absolutely no love for his profession, so I like to think that SOMEwhere there's a pizzeria where they make fresh slice pies as a matter of honor rather than necessity.

Double 0 - Should I assume that the places you mentioned earlier in the thread have good slices? If so, then I can go sample them and have a benchmark by which to judge (since I can't get the memory those horrible slices out of my head)!

yes, especially Pizza Town USA (RT46 W, Elmwood Park, 201797 6172). Its one of the few places that doesn,t have 10 "oxidized" pies sitting around all day.
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Posted 21 December 2002 - 10:44 PM

Cross Posted from the NY Board:::

Hi, first post here.
A few comments::
Denino's--Excellent, try the M.O.R pie. Meatballs Onions Ricotta. Also, try their fried calamari. Maybe the best I have ever had.

L&B Spumoni Gardens-- To get the true experience go on a summer night in July or August, make sure you get a few squares from a steaming hot fresh pie.
Also, someone asked where to find this type of slice in NJ. Well, Spumoni Gardens is now open in Old Bridge on Rte 516. Not as good as Brooklyn, maybe something to do with the water here in NJ, the dough isn't the same,but as close as you're going to get in NJ. Whoever said Palumbo's in Old Bridge is good, must also like Pizza Hut or Dominoes
Totonnos in Coney Island and Grimaldis under the Brooklyn Bridge-- THE best pies you will ever have!! Period.. Try the white pie at Totonnos for an extra treat.
Also in Bklyn, if you're ever in the area of 18th Ave. and would like a coal oven pie try Il Colloseo on 78th St and 18th.
For slices in Bklyn, try DaVincis on 65th and 18th not as good as L&B, but pretty good nonetheless.
In Staten Island, Nunzio's-- Pretty good but nothing special to me. Closed for renovations presently in case anyone was planning on visiting
Goodfella's--I had a bad experience at the Brooklyn location. I'll leave it at that.

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Posted 22 December 2002 - 09:36 PM

DeNino's was a major disappointment.

The best pizza in the US is DiFara, on Avenue J in Midwood. No question about it.

We went to DeLorenzo's in Trenton today. More about it later.

Edited by La Niña, 22 December 2002 - 09:36 PM.


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Posted 23 December 2002 - 07:17 PM

Just a couple of farthings worth:

My wife and I split a Pizza Margherita at Andiamo's (Haworth?/Demarest?). Both perked up at its arrival and thought it quite good. I compared it to a 'refined' Brooklyn Coal (Hackensack). This was a large (18") pizza very thin crisp crust. Topped with a thin tomato sauce, thinly sliced plum tomatoes and slices of what looked and tasted like freshly pulled mozzarella.

Try it for yourselves. I don't know if you'll find it the second coming, but I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Posted 26 December 2002 - 11:28 AM

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There is a place in Long Branch called Nunzio's that IMHO makes killer pie. They've been there since '53...same family owns it. My friend Frank Ravaschiere who's been going there since around 1960, took me to Nunzio's for the 1st time in 1997 and I've been back around 30 times and have always had great pie there. it's thin crust, but not as thin as Federici's in Freehold (which I think is too thin) Bear in mind I live in Livingston, so its about 50 miles each way but I still make the drive because its so good!tasted. I usually get the special which is mushroom and sausage. Louie, who is the owner makes the pies himself and is a sweetheart!

Thin crust, great ingredients and very reasonable prices. the food is good also, although I usually just get the pizza.
One thing..Nunzio's hours are weird they are open every day except Tuesday and (this is the weird part)their hours are 4:30-8:30. They are closed the month of February for vacation but that's it.

Check it out you will not be disappointed.

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Posted 27 December 2002 - 02:07 PM

New member here so hope I do this correctly. Ralph's in Nutley has my vote. I have enjoyed their pizza for at least 40 years.
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Posted 29 December 2002 - 07:41 PM

Hi Weiner, Welcome to E-gullet and the NJ board. What's yor all time favorite restaurant in NJ?

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Posted 31 December 2002 - 01:22 PM

Favorite New Jersey restaurant is the Black Forrest Inn and ,on a much different level, I love the roast duck at the Red Wolf Inn outside of Belvadere. Red Wolf is a bar restaurant frequented by bikers, so I am told, however the roast duck with a resberry glaze, is out of this world.
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