Pizza Ratings

Pizza Ratings

So we decided to revise this and start over.  The list got too long and not enough details were given.  And quite frankly, there is so much bad pizza out there, that with all the good newcomers, it is important to revise the list.

  1. Keste Pizza & Vino (West Village NYC) As my cousin Massimo from Sicily says, its as close as you can get outside of Italy.  And, it is.  Its not your American variety, or even your Italian-American variety, its got a nice charcoal charred crust, its cooked at very high heat and comes out fast… very think, chewy crust, its unique, and its great.
  2. Amore Mio (Aruba) – No Pepperoni, but the best pizza in true Neapolitan form
  3. Mancinni’s Coal Oven Pizza (Montclair, NJ) Excellent crust, toppings, its a winner, and the best in the area.
  4. King Umberto’s Grandma (East Hempstead, Long Island NY)
  5. Starlite Pizzeria (West Orange NJ)
  6. Dough Artisan Pizzeria (Caldwell NJ) Brick oven
  7. Pizza Terminal (Verona NJ) The Bronx, Brooklyn and Sicilian are what remind me of homemade.
  8. Angeloni’s (Caldwell NJ) The Thinny Thin is amazing, its the most incredibly thin slice you can possibly imagine but with a ton of flavor. They bake it in a pan so the end crust is not dough but a thin crisp caramelized crust of cheese which is beyond delicious.
  9. Tony D’s Grandma (Caldwell NJ)
  10. Bella Gente (Verona NJ)
  11. Woodstack (Pine Brook NJ)
  12. Gennaro’s Cucina (West Caldwell NJ)
  13. Casa Tua (Aruba) very thin crust, not like our New York Style but very good.
  14. Coal House (Point Pleasant NJ)
  15. Arturo’s (Maplewood NJ)
  16. Double Zero (Fairfield NJ)
  17. Pizza Town USA (Elmwood Park NJ), thinnest, crispest, best crust for the $2/slice price, landmark in NJ too.
  18. Pizzaland ($1 slice as of 10/5/12, thin, crisp, delicious)
  19. La Pizza (Roseland NJ)
  20. Angelo’s (Parsippany NJ) thin crust, crispy, light, wonderful
  21. Colombo’s (Lincoln Park NJ)
  22. Domino’s 10″ Hand Tossed Pacific Veggie (Chain), Its hard to defend this one, but all I can say is it is as close as I can get to my mother’s, she rarely cooked them larger than 10″ and the light airy crust and fresh veggies cooked but not cooked through really reminded me of how my mother made it.  I don’t care how bad it is, where the ingredients come from, but when I miss my mother’s, this is as close as it gets.  She used a regular oven, not a wood fire or coal oven, and it cooked in 10-15 minutes, I don’t know how they did it, but Dominos recaptured what I have been missing since my mother passed.  I challenge anyone to get light & airy into their dough that is so soft but still holds the sauce and veggies.
  23. Baldwin Pizzeria (Parsippany NJ) big slice, $2, great crisp crunch, great sauce, really good!
  24. Pizza 46 (Totowa NJ)
  25. Panevino Brick Oven (Livingston NJ), restaurant not a pizzeria.
  26. Famous Ray’s (Verona NJ)
  27. Gencarelli’s (Pine Brook NJ)
  28. Ralph’s (Nutley NJ) “Double baked”, crisp, thin crust, love the well-melted cheese till it browns.
  29. RigaTony’s (Little Falls NJ) interesting spices, good.
  30. The Godfather (Brick Oven, East Hanover NJ)
  31. Pizza Calabrese (Joao Pessoa, Brazil)
  32. Casa Tua (Aruba)
  33. Sluga Bistro & Pizzeria (Verona NJ) – Get the Margherita or one of the others, NOT the traditional.
  34. Forte’s (Caldwell NJ)
  35. Frank & Son (Parsippany NJ) good pizza, even layer of crust/sauce/cheese
  36. Hollywood Pizzeria (Fairfield NJ)
  37. Anthony Franco’s (Parsippany NJ)
  38. Pazzo Pizzza (Calandra’s, Fairfield NJ)
  39. Delizia Pizza Kitchen (Boonton NJ)
  40. Pizza Hut (Chain)
  41. Venetian Catering (Garfield NJ)
  42. Uno’s Chicago Style (Francise)
  43. Pizza & Sandwich Barn (Caldwell NJ)
  44. Verona Pizzeria (Verona NJ)
  45. 7 Stars (Hoboken NJ) (double slices)
  46. Bruno’s (Clifton NJ) – not the worst, but certainly not one of the best as NJ.com states.  The Sicilian is ok… but too thick.
  47. Franco’s Grandma (West Caldwell NJ)
  48. Ah Pizz (Denville NJ)
  49. Fiamma (Montclair NJ) Wayyyy too salty to even be enjoyable, shame, the crust is great
  50. Da Vinci (Montclair NJ)
  51. Parsippany’s Best (Parsippany NJ)
  52. Maggiano’s Flatbread (Chain)
  53. Ciao Bella (Wayne NJ, West Belt Mall, super thin, good, but sauce is barely painted on)
  54. Frank’s Trattoria (West Caldwell NJ)
  55. Cedar Grill (Caldwell NJ) too much dough, too much cheese, little sauce, crust not cooked well.
  56. Slices Pizza (formerly Elins, Elizabeth NJ) – not the worst, but reminded me of what I got in high school.
  57. Calandra’s Bakery (Calandra’s Italian Village, Caldwell NJ)
  58. Coco Bambu (Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil)
  59. Corleone (Aruba) While they copy artwork from The Godfather, even the font, pass on this since Casa Tua and Amore Mio are on the same block
  60. Capri (Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil)
  61. Puzo’s Pizzeria (Fairfield NJ) too chewy, too much cheese, odd tasting sauce, too thick/doughy crust.
  62. Whole Foods (West Orange NJ)
  63. Marcello’s (Tuckahoe NY), name could be mistaken, but does not much matter, I can’t ever see me being in this area ever again.  Poor quality cheese, dough thin but not cooked well, tasteless white crust.
  64. Corrado’s (Fairfield NJ), too thick, too much cheese, cafeteria quality.  Sorry Corrado’s, I love your store and most products but not your pizza.
  65. Rusiello’s  (West Caldwell NJ) Some of their pizzas are not bad but avoid the Sicilian at all costs, it is basically wonder bread with melted mozzarella, or at least it tasted like it.

 

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