Sam‘s Pizza Palace in Wildwood, New Jersey, was the only place on the boardwalk where I saw a line. The left line is for dining in, but if you just want a slice, the line on the right side is much shorter. While it looks chaotic in the photo, it’s actually not that bad. I opted for a slice, which I don’t normally like to do if I’m testing pizza because slices often sit around. Sam’s is so busy that I don’t think any pies sit for very long. This time, I got lucky, as they just took a fresh pie out of the oven and gave me the very first slice.
Sicilian native Salvatore “Sam” Spera moved to Trenton, New Jersey, in 1951. He started out with a shop called Sam’s Steak House selling steak sandwiches but later transitioned to pizza. Now, his children and grandchildren run the pizzeria.
The menu at Sam’s is simply pizza and sandwiches (including steak) and the toppings are your basics like mushrooms, peppers, pepperoni and sausage.
I got a slice, fresh out of the oven.
I think Sam’s typifies the classic slice of pizza, as you can see from this photo.