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2008/03/23 11:45:17 (permalink)

Best Pizza you've had?

I live in Sacramento.. west sacramento to be precise and we cannot get a good slice of pizza out here to save your life. Oh yeah I've heard of places and went to them and it's not even close to the stuff I had when I was growing up.

So I ask the forum.. where have you had the best pizza? For me it's two locations. Both in NJ!

The first has to be Three Brothers from Italy as their pizza was always hot, fresh and well made. The crust was superb , the sauce great and the cheese was melted to perfection.

The other place was called the Saw Mill .. home of the worlds largest slice and they ain't kiddin! They also had a open air grill where they cook hamburgers and hotdogs.. but back when I was there, they didn't serve french fries! You had to go to the stand across from them to get fries and that stand cut potatoes fresh and served it with whatever you wanted (ketchup, mustard, cheese, gravy.. you name it!)

Both places are located in Seaside heights NJ where I spent most of my summers with my family and I have to say.. I miss those days and the great food!
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    David_NYC
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/23 23:11:47 (permalink)
    Mastro Pizza Pavilion. 1964-65 New York World's Fair.
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/24 12:04:19 (permalink)
    The Spot, Frank Pepe's and Sally's.
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/24 12:21:42 (permalink)
    The best pizza I ever had, was at a place
    called Mr. Pizza. It was in Ledyard, Ct.
    I believe its now a tribal health dept.
    building for the Mashantucket-Pequot tribe.
    I aways got the special "no fish"
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/24 12:36:05 (permalink)
    It's like asking me to pick my favorite child!

    If I find out I have children today, that's really going to ruin my day.
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/24 12:47:13 (permalink)
    The best pizza I've ever had is often the slice I'm eating at the time.
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/24 12:52:31 (permalink)
    I've had so many good pizzas that I could not say which was best. Maybe the last pizza I had. There was one pizza I had last year at Cafe Bicko in Minneapolis that I thought was great and I've learned the place has since closed. Its pizza was a well hidden secret. Evidently it was too secret. Not too many people knew about them because they could be mistakenly assumed to be just another local dive bar.
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/24 12:55:12 (permalink)
    Mine was from a place near Newtown, CT. Blasted if I remember the name. Anyways, it featured breaded, fried eggplant, fresh tomatoes, and fresh garlic....along with a great crust, fresh mozzarella and great sauce.
    My current best is Tommy's Pizza, right here on the east side of Columbus, OH. The ultimate expression of the Midwest cracker crust, square cut pizza.
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/24 13:08:59 (permalink)
    Brooklyn Pizza in Hackensack, NJ. and DaBaffato in Rome... But, I just know there are far better in New Haven, and Manhattan. I just have not been to them yet.

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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/24 13:34:14 (permalink)
    Add me to Michael's list. Nothing is like Pepe's Sally's or the Spot. Modern is ok in in pinch.
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/24 13:40:06 (permalink)
    It may very well have been that first slice I ever ate in the early '50s at The Union Hotel in Whitehouse Station, NJ. It was love at first bite and it is that taste and texture that I still strive to achieve with my own home efforts. Thanks for the memory, Murphy Pfenninger! pb
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/24 13:45:24 (permalink)
    Ahh, living in the Northeast.....great pizza just a short ride away.
    Gotta agree with both Sally's and Pepe's, multiple visits, always good stuff.
    Totonno's in Brooklyn, consistently good, even when it's crowded as it was last visit.
    "The Pie" in Port Jefferson Village, excellent coal oven pies, fresh made mozzarella with a hint of basel, calzones big enough to feed a family, and a basel tomato soup with bleu cheese crumbles, very nice.
    Salvatore's in Port Washington, coal oven, fresh mozzarella, nice charcoaly crust.
    And of course, whenever I want, a nice, floppy, cheesy, foldy, NY slice at Steverino's in East Meadow, or Umberto's in New Hyde Park.
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/24 14:09:33 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Baah Ben

    Brooklyn Pizza in Hackensack, NJ. and DaBaffato in Rome... But, I just know there are far better in New Haven, and Manhattan. I just have not been to them yet.




    Yeah Hackensack! Used to live in East Brunswick myself and there was a smalllll pizza place that was not far from my house that was GREAT.
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/25 02:27:57 (permalink)
    Best I've ever had was Pepe's in New Haven.

    Best I've had in Jersey is Spirito's in Elizabeth and the Resivoir in South Orange.
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/25 05:34:58 (permalink)
    In the 70's we lived in Lawrence,Mi and had Pizza regularly at an Italian Rest. called La Cantina in Paw Paw,Mi..I was made from the old school and we would always say that you kept eating it not because you were hungry but that the pizza tasted so good. I don't ever recall any going home "wrapped". The restaurant is still there but I don't think the same pizza is.
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/25 06:04:53 (permalink)
    best was at salerno in stratford ct being close friends with one of sons mea.nt my small garbage pie weighed in over 5 pounds. Did alot of Pepe's great stuff liked my crust though losser burnt. West coast only can do Papa Murphy take and bake quite good. China no way my lips going near what they call pizza hey Pizza hut is a **** establishment in China lol yuk.
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/25 16:50:22 (permalink)
    Marucca's in sSaside, NJ...one branch is also now in Brick,NJ....Pudgies in Brick is great...Franks in Lakewood...La Fontana in Brick...we have some superb pizza here...but the best pie I ever had was in a small place in Naples(wish I could remember the name) and the runners up are any of the great pizza places in Rome, Florence, Capri or any place in Italy...maybe it's their water,maybe it's their atmosphere, maybe it's the love of life...who knows..it's just the BEST!!!
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/25 16:54:04 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by beijinger

    best was at salerno in stratford ct being close friends with one of sons mea.nt my small garbage pie weighed in over 5 pounds. Did alot of Pepe's great stuff liked my crust though losser burnt. West coast only can do Papa Murphy take and bake quite good. China no way my lips going near what they call pizza hey Pizza hut is a **** establishment in China lol yuk.


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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/25 18:22:05 (permalink)
    Best pizza by far is to be found at the Green Lantern Tavern in Madison Heights,Michigan! To DIE for!!!! http://detroit.citysearch.com/review/5141776
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/25 18:29:25 (permalink)
    recently? Grimaldi's in Brooklyn.
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/25 18:45:17 (permalink)
    In the last decade, I've had good pizza, being far and few in between. Nothing I'd claim to be the best. Sadly, I was spoiled in the 60's and 70's, maybe into the early 80's when they made a decent pie. Todays generation pie eaters have been programed into something totally different (more commercialized tasting pies then anything). I envy some of the old timers that report here about their East Coast pies... Seems things have not changed at some of the places.. Sadly, I can report that's not true around here.

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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/25 19:10:11 (permalink)
    Good timing. A friend and I drove up to New Haven this past Saturday where I had my first Pepe's pizzas; a white clam and a plain tomato pie with mozzarella. I'd have to say they topped any other pizza I've tried that I can think of at the moment.
    Based on some of the photos on this site, I was a little nervous that the edges would be too well-done, which I don't think I would like. Turns out they were absolutely perfect, with some char, but not too much of it.
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/25 19:11:21 (permalink)
    bianchi's in ottawa, illinois... probably only because i've grown up with the pizza! not too thick, not too thin, garlicky and slightly greasy... it's the best restaurant to visit every time i come back home!

    pepe's in new haven, cemeno's in joliet, and uno's in chicago (not any of their chain locations!!!) come in next!!!
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/25 19:14:29 (permalink)
    I grew up in Trenton, New Jersey so I love tomato pie from Delorenzo's and the pizza from the other Trenton Delorenzo's is just as good. Marucca's used to be in Trenton and Papa's in its heyday all had wonderful pies with perfect crispy, slightly burnt crust and not too much cheese. And yup, all in New Jersey. I make excellent pizza myself now, but I don't have the oven to get that wonderful crust. I eat Jersey pizza almost every day when I go home for visits.
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/26 10:25:23 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by porkbeaks

    It may very well have been that first slice I ever ate in the early '50s at The Union Hotel in Whitehouse Station, NJ. It was love at first bite and it is that taste and texture that I still strive to achieve with my own home efforts. Thanks for the memory, Murphy Pfenninger! pb


    I just ran across[url='http://njmonthly.com/articles/best_of/best-of-jersey-pizza.html']this[/url] article and, rather than start a new thread, I thought I'd stick it here. The funny thing is, this place is in Whitehouse Station (literally) a stone's throw from the place I mentioned in my previous post. If anyone is in the area, I suggest they give it a try. The chef's Wooster Street roots could make La Casa Bianca the place to go for pizza in central NJ.

    http://www.lacasabianca.net/
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/26 10:58:06 (permalink)
    hey johnny- as another sacto refugee who longs for all food things jersey,have to tell you the best pizza i have found in town is at a place called romas pizza on franklin blvd in sac...while not of boardwalk quality , its pretty good for CA- also their italian dinners are pure jersey pizzarie style- esp good is the manicotti , which is a plate of bubbling cheese....also , although it has little flavor , the pizza at supbarro in the downtown plaza mall is def east coast style....here's to summers past in seaside!!!my favorite was always marucas though
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/26 11:09:22 (permalink)
    Sally's, Pepe's, The Spot, Modern, Letizia's, Colony Grill, Carminuccio's. and in NYC, Difara. enjoy fb
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/26 12:25:13 (permalink)
    FrankBooth's post should end the discussion.
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/26 12:34:12 (permalink)
    Michael, what if Sally's, Pepe's, The Spot, Modern, Letizia's, Colony Grill, Carminuccio's, and Difara all put on a pizza buffet together?
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    RE: Best Pizza you've had? 2008/03/26 12:55:12 (permalink)
    I'd order something from Papa John's.
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