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New Jersey Ice Cream, Day 1: TLC’s Polish Water Ice, Wildwood, NJ

Although I’ve been writing about pizza, my real favorite food is ice cream.  So in addition to my New Jersey pizza tour, I’m also going on a New Jersey ice cream tour.  I’m traveling the state of New Jersey to find the best ice cream.  Tune in each day for the next two weeks as I sample a new ice cream shop.

You’ll find TLC’s Polish Water Ice at various locations down the shore.  I got mine at the Wildwood boardwalk.  Polish water ice was created by Thomas B. Curyto, Sr., of Polish descent.  It has a creamier and smoother consistency than Italian ice, similar to the cream ice at Rita’s.  Italian ice should be somewhat creamy or smooth and not icy.  I’ve reviewed a few good Italian ice places on my blog like Andy’s.  Polish ice doesn’t have fat, but probably does once you pair it with soft serve, like I did, for a Polish freeze.

I was a little disappointed that it didn’t look like the depiction on the sign, where the two flavors blend into one swirl.  It is different from Italian ice and I don’t think a comparison is a fair assessment.  I think both can be enjoyed on their own.  It’s fun to try the Polish freeze for something new, but I don’t think it compares to a good Italian-style cream ice.

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New Jersey Pizza Tour, Seventh Stop: Maruca’s Tomato Pies

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.

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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.