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19 Places That Make Some of the Best Pizza in NJ

Last updated on October 24, 2019 at 01:00 pm

The East Coast owns pizza. And in New Jersey, we do it well. In fact, the New York Times says the best pizza in New York is actually in New Jersey. That’s a serious endorsement of the Garden State’s pizza skills.

Everyone has their regular spot for the best pizza in NJ, but sometimes you make a trip for a special slice (or two … or who are we kidding, a whole pizza … for one). The Daily Meal recently ranked the best pizza in America … and New Jersey pizzerias earned six spots on the list.

How did they rank the restaurants? They visited pizza joints, tapped friends for recommendations, read reviews and got expert advice. They evaluated the sauce, crust, distribution of cheese (if the pie has any), topping quality and more.

Here’s where to find the best pizza in NJ (according to The Daily Meal, at least):

  • #92 – Reservoir Tavern, Boonton, NJ (Cheese pie)
  • #86 – Papa’s Tomato Pies, Robbinsville, NJ (Mustard Pie)
  • #64 – Santillo’s Brick Oven Pizza, Elizabeth, NJ (Sicilian)
  • #46 – Razza, Jersey City, NJ (Bufala)
  • #45 – De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies, Robbinsville, NJ (Tomato pie)
  • #34 – Star Tavern Pizzeria, Orange, NJ (Thin Crust) also does a list of the best pizza in NJ. De Lorenzo’s, Razza, Santillo’s made their 2017 list, too. Here are the other places they say are worth visiting:

  • Angelo’s Pizzeria, Haddonfield
  • Bricco Coal Fired Pizza, Westmont
  • Kinchley’s Tavern, Ramsey
  • Tacconelli’s Pizzeria, Maple Shade
  • Talula’s Pizza.Bar.Bread, Asbury Park
  • Tony D’s Pizza, Caldwell
  • Brooklyn Square Pizza, Jackson

Want even more local spots? Some of Plymouth Rock’s New Jersey staff gave shoutouts to these local pizzerias:

  • Russo’s Pizza Shop, Bridgewater NJ
  • Salerno Pizza Ristorante Plainfield, NJ
  • Federici’s Family Italian Restaurant, Freehold, NJ
  • The Brothers, Red Bank, NJ
  • People’s Pizza, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Mario’s Pizza and Italian Eatery, Cape May, NJ

New Jersey’s not that big, so these places aren’t that far to drive to (it’s only 3 hours from Mahwah to Cape May – depending on traffic). Before hop in the car, eat a little something so you don’t drive hangry – it can lead to road rage and short tempers behind the wheel.

Does a pizza road trip pique your interest?

Looking for more great places to go in NJ? You might also like:

Here’s a list of great NJ diners to check out.

Or how about 15 awesome NJ ice cream shops.

And, here’s almost 100 NJ craft breweries sorted by county.

5 thoughts on “19 Places That Make Some of the Best Pizza in NJ

  1. You’re missing out if you’ve never had the cheese pizza at Mama’s in Hackettstown, NJ. Second generation owner Tommy Schiano took over when his father retired. This restaurant, now featuring Italian entrees, desserts, and live music, started off in a tiny space just big enough for a counter and a couple of ovens, What a difference a few decades makes! Ask for a slice of white pizza with broccoli, too. Enjoy

  2. Have you ever tried Ah’Pizz Wood Fire Pizza ??? They have 3 locations in North Jersey. Best Wood Fired Pizza around !!!!

  3. Have tried many. Rosie’s in Point Pleasant Beach is the best. The Pizza guy came from Joe
    Leone’s. Ya gotta try the Round Pie!

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