What is the best pizza in New Jersey? This post ends my New Jersey pizza tour, where I tried eight popular New Jersey pizzerias. I tried Trenton-style tomato pies, bar-style pizza, coal-fired pizza and classic-style pizza. My friend thinks that Star Tavern in Orange was the best, delicious and unique. I agree, but I also think it’s a tie with Brooklyn’s Coal-Burning Brick-Oven Pizza in Hackensack. But you can’t go wrong at any of these pizzerias. Most are family-owned businesses, many started by Italian immigrants. Kudos to them for keeping these businesses open in the ever-increasing corporate culture we have going on in America now. There are pizzerias in Italy that date back a couple of hundred years, so should there be here in America. Long live apizz’, long live the Jersey bar pizza, long live the Trenton tomato pie, long live coal-fired pizza, and long live the classic American slice.
Tie: Star Tavern in Orange, NJ, and Brooklyn’s Coal-Burning Brick-Oven Pizza in Hackensack, NJ.
I just want to add one thing since I posted this. There was only one pizzeria that I visited that had an excellent-tasting, traditional, old-world dough. That is Papa’s Tomato Pies in Robbinsville, NJ. They know how to make pizza dough. For my taste, it was thinner than I like it, but it was a great example of how pizza dough should taste. In my book, dough is the hardest component of pizza to master. Papa’s masters it.
Stay tuned: The next two weeks, I look for the best ice cream in New Jersey.