New Jersey is, by far, one of the best states to get pizza. Even the most popular pizzerias in other places can’t compare and, believe me, I’ve tried as many as possible. I’ve been on a personal quest for several years to find the best pizza in America and, all of the top contenders are from the Garden State. Here are a few of my favorites, listed in no particular order:
Santillo's Brick Oven Pizza, Elizabeth
This spot has some of the best Sicilian-style pies in the state. The Daily Meal Ranking isn't their only accolade, they've received numerous awards from New Jersey Monthly and The Star Ledger. Find them open 7 days a week for take out and delivery at 639 S. Broad Street.
This Italian restaurant has been in business for nearly 100 years, and it's easy to see why. Enjoy indoor/outdoor dining, friendly service and great thin crust pizza! They even offer a yummy gluten-free option. Reviewers recommend asking for house dressing, and dipping your pizza in it. Find them at 14 East Main Street.
Star Tavern, Orange
If you're looking for a mouthwatering thin crust pie, head to this hot spot. Star Tavern has been featured in the New York Times and has an extensive list of awards. They also offer a full menu and fantastic drinks - the cherry soda was my favorite. Find them at 400 High Street.
Bim's Pizza, Millville
Holy cheese! This popular spot has a smaller selection, but has delectable pies and a great staff! They now serve sticky buns that visitors absolutely adore. Find them at 618 East Main Street.
Liberty Hall Pizza, Lambertville
Located in trendy Lambertville, this shop is housed in a renovated warehouse. When the weather gets warm, the garage doors open up! Expect a simple, fresh menu and be sure to try the Nutella dessert pizza! Pictured is the Margherita di Bufala pie - a fan favorite. Find them at 243 North Union Street.
DeLorenzo's Tomato Pies, Robbinsville
In business for nearly 70 years and in Robbinsville for almost a decade, DeLorenzo's knows how to make New Jerseyans happy. Their flavorful sauce stands out above the rest. Find this Zagat top rated restaurant (closed Mondays) at 2350 US Highway 33.
Papa's Tomato Pies, Robbinsville
Established in 1912, this local favorite is the oldest continually operating family-owned pizza restaurant in the US. I love the plain tomato pies, but this eatery stands out for its spectacular sausage pie. They've won numerous awards, ranked locally and nationally by CBS and NBC. Order for delivery daily or visit them at 19 Robbinsville Allentown Road.
Benny Tudino's, Hoboken
Are these slices the best in Hoboken? Maybe. Are they the biggest? Definitely. The pies are pretty delicious, but I'd go for the novelty alone. The sauce/cheese ratio is pure perfection and dining here is practically a Hoboken tradition. Find them at 622 Washington Street.
Reservoir Tavern, Boonton
Their Gatto de Potato pizza (not pictured) makes mouths water. With sliced potatoes, bacon, tomatoes, garlic and mozzarella, it's most certainly something to savor. They're closed on Sundays and Mondays but offer a full Italian menu the rest of the week, with carry out available. Find them at 92 Parsippany Boulevard.
Seven Mile Pies, Stone Harbor
Enjoy a great selection of specialty pies and some of the best margherita pizza around. The buffalo chicken is another favorite and every single slice is a work of art. In the heart of downtown and just blocks from the beach, you'll find them at 261 96th Street.
Grant Street Cafe, Dumont
Part Italian restaurant, part bar and pizzeria, this spot is best known for its thin crust pies. It was absolutely packed when I visited with my dad. Head here on Tuesdays for a $5.99 thin crust pizza sans toppings. The plain cheese is great, but if you're willing to spend a bit more, try the grease truck pie (pictured). It's topped with chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, fries and onion rings. Find them at 25 Grant Avenue.
Pete & Elda's Bar/Carmen's Pizzeria, Neptune City
This shore staple is famous for their giant XXL pies. If you can finish one solo in a single sitting, you'll win a free t-shirt. It goes down easy - the thin crust pie is delicious. They also offer up Italian favorites and have a full bar. Visit them at 93 Summit Avenue.
Pomodoro Pizza, Morristown
This shop offers subs, affordable apps and a sizable selection of pizza. Choose from regular, Sicilian, thin crust, gluten-free, whole wheat and white pies with a variety of toppings. Their made from scratch meatballs are another favorite and they even offer online ordering. Find Pomodoro Pizza at 125 Morris Street.
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