Maruca’s Tomato Pies in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, serves up Trenton-style tomato pies in a full restaurant right on the boardwalk. Originating in Trenton, the pizzeria opened on the boardwalk in 1950. It was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and then destroyed in the Seaside Heights fire of 2013. Ever resilient, owners Domenic and Joseph Maruca, twin brothers, reopened a month later.
The menu is limited to pizza, some appetizers and what you would expect near the beach, seafood. We were happy to find broccoli rabe on the menu, so we got an order of that as an appetizer. They also have bar-style pizza, which is what we ordered, with Maruca’s signature tomato sauce swirl.
Here, they use a pizza screen, so the bottom crust is not blackened. The tomato sauce was mild with a fresh flavor. The cheese tasted like it was a blend with cheddar. I’d like to come back and try the tomato pie, but as many times as I went to Seaside Heights as a kid, I am sure I’ve had it before.