We asked our readers to tell us where they think New Jersey’s best pizza resides. These spots are where we, and you, think the state’s best pizza can be found.
Anthony’s Family Restaurant & Pizzeria (Rockaway)
From Margherita and Sicilian pies to calzones and sandwiches, Anthony’s has all the Italian classics, and then some. While their enormous menu covers every possible craving, don’t miss the Cracker Pizza, which is Anthony’s spin on thin crust. Readers say this is a must-try if you’re looking for Jersey’s best pizza.
Brooklyn’s Coal Brick Oven Pizza (Edgewater, Hackensack and Ridgewood)
Brooklyn’s traditional style is one that made Frank Sinatra and other stars dub the original location “Their Place.” Now, owner John Grimaldi and family continue that legacy with fresh ingredients and homemade mozzarella. According to Yadira from Englewood, the “brick oven pizza is made to perfection” (at 1,000 degrees!).
DeLorenzo’s Pizza (Hamilton)
After opening in 1938, Pasquale and Maria DeLorenzo, Italian immigrants living in Trenton, quickly discovered what would soon become their claim to fame—the Tomato Pie (think a saucier Sicilian slice). Decades later, the DeLorenzos are still churning out the same recipe from 50-year-old ovens.
Dimaios (Berkeley Heights)
Former Food Network Kitchen member and Emeril Live guest Sal Passalacqua brought his culinary expertise to the pizza-loving state of New Jersey years ago as the chef and owner of Dimaios. Split into two—the formal, sit-down Dimaio Cucina and the on-the-go UpperCrust Pizza—Dimaios offers both Italian cuisine and fresh pies. Made with its famous tomato sauce, classic pies like the Bianco and Margherita are must-orders, as are the signature Rigatoni and Homemade Sausage (it’s also an editor’s fave for Jersey’s best pizza!).
Emma’s Brick Oven Pizza and Café (Cranford)
Emma’s may be a relative newcomer to the Jersey pizza scene, but don’t be fooled—since its 2004 opening, this old world Italian restaurant has been making brick oven fired pizza that put some more established joints to shame. And it’s not just the traditional pies that’ve got our readers hooked: A rotating menu, out-of-this-world rice balls and being a BYOB are all part of the allure.
Famous Alfonso’s (Somerville)
Nestled in the heart of historic downtown, this family restaurant has been a local staple since Aniello Ianniello brought his authentic Neapolitan recipes to Jersey in 1978. The family-sized portions, complimentary salad and focaccia bread and half-priced Mondays and Tuesdays (hello, $5 pizza!) make this pizzeria an indisputable reader favorite.
Frank & Son Pizzeria (Parsippany)
At Frank & Son, making Jersey’s best pizza is a family affair. For more than 40 years, four generations have kept this neighborhood spot on the map, and readers like Cathy from Parsippany are clear about the number one order: “They make the best Sicilian pie.”
Frank’s Pizza & More (Flanders)
From classic pies to more unique combinations (think Bruschetta and Chicken Francese), it’s no wonder our readers love this place. With pizza crust that’s always thick and never doughy, you’re sure to be their newest biggest fan.
Gennaro’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria (Westfield)
Gennaro’s has been spinning pies for two delicious decades—and according to our readers, this place gives New York pizza a run for its money. Try the specialty pies like baked ziti and BBQ chicken or any one of the non-pizza offerings, like hot subs, pasta, generously-stuffed calzones and fresh seafood.
Kinchley’s Tavern (Ramsey)
Readers love Kinchley’s pies, drinks and atmosphere. Its famous pizza hails from a 78-year-old recipe that our readers believe is the best there is.
Manco & Manco (Ocean City and Somers Point)
If you’re in search of pizza with a side of entertainment, head to the Ocean City Boardwalk. Chefs make each pizza in front of your eyes from a ’50s-style open kitchen, complete with twirling dough and showering cheese. And, speaking of cheese, our readers suggest the White Pizza, a Manco & Manco classic that’ll make you question why pizza ever had sauce in the first place.
Pizzaiolo (Midland Park)
Owner Nino Mazzola achieved near instant fame through his delicious Sicilian pies. Family owned and operated, our readers love the hearty slices and laid-back atmosphere.
Star Tavern World Famous Pizzeria (Orange)
For the past 65 years, Star Tavern has been a hub for two things: family dinner and great pizza. Its famous crispy, thin crust pizza is made in front of customers in an open kitchen, giving kids a dough-flipping pre-dinner show. And if that doesn’t quite hold your their attention, the arcade will!
Vinny’s Pizza & Pasta (Cranford)
Vinny’s Pizza & Pasta isn’t owner and chef Vinny Savinelli’s first rodeo. In fact, it’s his third. After growing up in his father’s restaurant and owning two pizzerias before this one, readers agree that he’s got pizza-making down to an art, especially the Grandma pies, made with homemade sauce and crispy crust.
Arturo’s Osteria & Pizzeria (Maplewood)
One of the most superlative experiences when on the search for Jersey’s best pizza, this restaurant is much more than a solid slice. The focus here is on local ingredients and achieving the perfect brick oven crust—crispy on the outside, light and delicate on the inside (If your kids are likely to object to the darkened crust this produces, just ask to have your pizza cooked light). Order a side of meatballs, which come in a saucy bowl perfect for dipping your crust in, or one of the star pastas like wild mushroom ravioli. Due to Arturo’s popularity and no reservation policy, there are often long waits—try to get there early for dinner or go for lunch.
Brother’s Pizza and Restaurant (East Brunswick, Old Bridge)
Brother’s is a family-run restaurant boasting local appeal and a history dating back to 1979. The pizza is made with fresh, in-house ingredients and has earned decades-long loyalty from customers who claim there’s no comparable joint in the area.
Nonna’s Italian Restaurant (Florham Park)
This popular spot has a huge menu of pizza options, starting with the choice of a Sicilian (round) or a Neapolitan (square) pie, onto which more than 20 toppings can be added. There’s also a selection of specialty pies like the popular Nonna’s Pizza, which is from “Grandma’s own special recipe” starring an extra thin crust pan pizza layered with mozzarella and San Marzano tomato sauce. With a lunch rush and plenty of customers at dinner, this resto can get crowded, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait to be seated or if it takes more than a few minutes to find a space in the parking lot.
Patsy’s Tavern (Paterson)
If you’re one of those people who believe all pizza is the same, you clearly haven’t been to Patsy’s. For 83 years, it’s been its rustic, simple and unforgettable pies that put this little pizzeria on the map. Don’t miss the rice balls and broccoli rabe.
Pizza One (Haskell and Wayne)
Pizza One leaves its customers raving about how good its pizza is, specifically mentioning how the quality is enough to rival famous NY pizza style chains. Numerous reviews from customers on Google claim this place has some of the best service and pizza around. Try some of their specialty pizzas like Wayne’s favorite, an eggplant salad pie, or the penne a la vodka. These are, according to numerous Google reviewers, the highlight of this spot.
Santillo’s Brick Oven Pizza (Elizabeth)
Since 1950, three generations of fathers and sons at Santillo’s have been making pizza in a huge antique oven that’s more than a century old. Owner Al Santillo was born into the pizza business and has been working at the restaurant since he was 5 years old. “We still use the original recipe that my grandfather used and no one else can replicate it,” he says. Customers rave about the traditional, thin crust Sicilian pizza, as well as the fresh baked bread. The restaurant is take-out only, but is affiliated with several taverns in the area that allow you to bring in their pizza. The entrance is located on the side of building down a driveway—a little hidden, but worth it if you’re on a mission to find Jersey’s best pizza.
Razza Pizza Artigianale (Jersey City)
Razza’s is a heavily Italian-inspired restaurant headed by Dan Richer, the owner, chef and Matawan native. Richer attended Rutgers University for his bachelor’s, then skipped his graduation ceremony to fly to Italy. This is where he found his pizza-making inspo and passion, which helped him open his restaurant in 2007. With fresh ingredients and a wood-burning stove, you’re guaranteed to grab a slice worthy of Italy.
Villa Barone (Collingswood)
In a town where the competition is high, Villa Barone is a standout. Its wood-fired brick oven, imported ingredients, homemade pasta and authentic Napoletana slices are all big parts of the draw. The made-from-scratch bread tastes as good as it smells, and there’s a variety of pizza, flatbread and panini on the regular menu, plus a reasonably priced children’s menu. For dessert, go for classics like homemade tiramisu or triple chocolate mousse cake. The place can get crowded on the weekends, so go early or on a weeknight.