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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, Eighth Stop: Sam’s Pizza Palace, Wildwood

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.

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I think Sam’s typifies the classic slice of pizza, as you can see from this photo.