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Weigh In - What's Your Favorite Pizza Place in Monmouth County?
04/26/2010 - By Teja Anderson
What is Your Favorite Pizza Place in Monmouth County
and What makes it So Good?The world’s first true pizzeria is thought to be Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba which opened in 1830 and is still in business today at Via Port’Alba in Naples, Italy. An Italian immigrant, Gennaro Lombardi, opened the first U.S. pizzeria in Little Italy, Manhattan just over one hundred years ago. It’s not surprising that with a large population of folks who can trace their lineage back to Italy in Monmouth County there are hundreds of great pizzerias around here to choose from….not that you have to be Italian to love pizza!
It’s no shock that almost everyone out there loves pizza; kids and grownup alike. But who serves the best? Living in Media/LivinginMedia.com set out to find the pizzerias our readers were crazy about. Although most of you picked local places due to convenience (let’s face it; pizza is a quick and easy meal choice for our busy lives) we found folks in every town who were more than willing to travel far from home to enjoy the ultimate pizza. There were several clear winners; Pete and Elda’s in Neptune, Federici’s Pizza in Freehold, Denino’s in Aberdeen and either Luigi’s or Attilios in various towns. If you have yet to try any of these popular pizza joints, it might just be worth the trip!
So what makes for a great pizza? That depends on your age mostly. It turns out that it’s all about the crust. Adults like theirs to be thin and crisp while kids like theirs thick and doughy. Both kids’ and adults’ number one choice in a pie is good old plain cheese and tomato pizza. But when venturing outside the norm kids like a white pie and meatball toppings and adults are a bit more adventurous with vegetables like onion, mushroom, eggplant and spinach (salad pizza is my personal favorite from Mezza Luna in Manalapan), or pineapple and ham and buffalo chicken.
Both familiarity and a family-friendly atmosphere keep all of you coming back to your favorite spot time after time, year after year, so it’s no wonder that most of your preferred pizza places are family run and owned for an average of over twenty years. Interestingly, not one person mentioned a commercial pizza chain. Here’s what some of your neighbors picked as their favorites. Buon appetito!
Emelio’s in Manalapan is good pizza.
Denino’s in Aberdeen because of the crunchy crust and the sauce.
Carlo’s in Marlboro; it’s really cheesy and the crust is good.
Denino’s in Aberdeen; the crust is nice and soft and the plain pizza is the best.
Bertucci’s in Hazlet has a yummy cheese pizza.
Federici’s in Freehold; their thin crust is so good and the eggplant or the plain are my favorites.
People’s Pizza in Englishtown because my kids like it...
Freddie’s in Long Branch. It’s all about the thin crust and theirs is perfect. And because they are extremely generous with the community!
Stefano’s in Freehold. They are always welcoming and have a big smile for all their customers!
-Nikolas Bistrimovich & Gregory Marinos
Denino’s in Aberdeen. I like the amount of cheese and sauce they use; it’s just right!
Denino’s in Aberdeen has the best tasting pizza around.
Federici’s in Freehold; what else could it possibly be?
Villa Pizza in Middletown because they have the best meatball pizza!
I love the Crispina Pizza at Attilio’s in Long Branch. Big and square so there is more crispy crust to enjoy. They also use marinara sauce instead of pizza sauce and it is great.
La Piazza has great white pizza.
Denino’s in Aberdeen, because that’s where we first met as friends after tennis.
-Wesley Lam &
Attilio’s in Lincroft has good meatball pizza.
Hands down, Mom’s Kitchen in Neptune! Thin, saucy, and delicious! I love it!
We like Marlboro Pizza best; it’s good.
-Gigi & Frankie Licitra
Luigi’s in Lincroft has great stuffed pizzas.
I do not eat pizza. It is fattening and very bad for you!
Denino’s in Aberdeen; we like the margarita pizza best!
-Danielle & Samantha Spano
When I get a slice of pizza, I travel to Red Bank’s, Mr Pizza Slice. This place is an institution, with the best pizza in town! The owner is a really nice guy too! You also have to try his French fries...mmmm delish!
Brother’s Pizza in Red Bank is my favorite. I love the atmosphere and the sauce is tangy.
Luigi’s in Marlboro. I love all their toppings.
Pete and Elda’s in Neptune. It’s the best tasting pie I’ve ever had!
Pasquale’s in Middletown; the crust is really good.
I like the Mad Hatter in Sea Bright because of the thin crust.
Michelangelo’s in Sea Girt because the ingredients are really fresh.
Attilio’s in Tinton Falls because it’s right around the corner from my house...
Impossible to narrow it down…can I pick three? Pete and Elda’s in Neptune, Squan Tavern in Manasquan and Andy’s in Sea Girt!
Tony’s in Long Branch. I’ve been going there since 1970. They deliver fast and they have the best mushroom and sausage pizza in the world!
Attilio’s in Lincroft has a great Sicilian pizza.
Mr. Pizza Slice in Red Bank. I worked there as a teenager and he has the best pizza and is known for his round French fries; they are incredible.
Carlo’s Gourmet Pizza in Manalapan. The pizza is extremely delicious, the delivery is amazingly fast and they have whole wheat pizza crust!
Vic’s Pizza in Bradley Beach; they have a thin crust like a bar pizza and the onion pie is the best.
-Dr. Anthony DiCesare
Denino’s Pizza in Aberdeen; they’ve got the best Margarita pizza I’ve ever had.
Luigi’s in Wanamassa. Their pizzas have the best flavor; it’s the closest you can get to boardwalk pizza without being on the boardwalk - and it’s better!
Giuseppe’s in Hazlet; it’s New York Style pizza and for such a small place they do a really good job.
-Lois & Kayla Rosenthal
The Penalty Box Café in the Wall Sports Arena; the pizza crust and bottoms are a perfect crispiness...
Enzo’s in Aberdeen/Mattawan. The guy is always so friendly there and the pizza is so good. They also have the best putanessca and there is always soccer on the TV’s which my husband loves….
Hands down, Mom’s Kitchen in Neptune! Thin, saucy, and delicious! I love it!
Attilio’s in West Long Branch. It’s all about the tomatoes; they use the best kind - Marzano tomatoes from the can!
Federici’s in Freehold. It’s all about not being commercialized!
Brother’s Pizza in Red Bank is my favorite.
Vic’s Pizza in Bradley Beach; they have the best thin pies, a great reputation and they have won all kinds of awards.
Luigi’s in Lincroft; I like the pizzas we get from them for our staff meetings.
Squan Tavern in Manasquan. You know it's all fresh ingredients and made by good people!
Attilio’s in Wall. The crust is thick but the bottom crust is thin and they have a great tasting sauce.
Federici’s in Freehold. The flavor, the thin crust ...they are the best in the business!
I like Attilio’s Pizza in Long Branch because it’s the best cheese pizza I’ve ever had!
Val’s in Rumson. Their thin crust has a cracker like consistency.
Vic’s in Bradley Beach it is old school Italian - they still have the plastic flowers on the walls! It is so good with the really thin crust and they have great toppings like pineapple.
In my opinion the best pizza joint in Monmouth County, NJ has to be Pete & Elda’s in Neptune. Their pizza is hands down the best I have ever eaten! The pizza literally melts in your mouth making it near impossible to have only one slice!
Federici’s in Freehold. We used to live in Keyport, now we are in Florida and every time we come back up this way we can’t wait to go there for pizza. The sauces, the crust, the toppings; it’s all top shelf!
-Gary Senior & Deanna Dietrich
Luigi’s in Little Silver. The sauce is really delicious and different from anywhere else and I like that they have square pizzas, too.
It’s a tie between Freddie’s in Long Branch & Luigi’s in Little Silver. It depends on what kind of mood I’m in.
Attilio’s in Oakhurst; they are consistently good, homemade and their best topping is the ziti!
Bella’s in Long Branch. The sauce and everything are homemade; it tastes like it came right out of the kitchen - an Italian kitchen.
-Patricia Binkowski & Ann Marie Schneider
La Scarpetta in West Long Branch. I love their sausage pizza and the pasta fazool is really good too if you aren’t in the mood for pizza....
Brother’s Pizza, but I’m not sure where it is. A few years ago my daughter was at a party at Ariel’s in Eatontown and they brought the pizza in from Brothers; it was the best pizza I have ever tasted.
TJ’s Pizza in Asbury Park. It is not a chain; they have a great family atmosphere. Tony and Sammy, the owners, know everyone who walks in the door.
Luigi’s in Little Silver. I like the Hawaiian pizza with the pineapple and ham topping; it is excellent!
Guido’s in Eatontown. They have a great sauce, and great cheese and the crust is perfect, not too thick and not too thin.
Pete and Elda’s in Neptune has a really good, thin crust and their pizzas taste different and better than anywhere else.
Attilio’s on Monmouth Rd. in Oakhurst. We have been patrons there for over 16 years and it has been consistently good.
My favorite is Attilio’s in Tinton Falls because of the white pizza; it makes my tummy tickle!
Luigi’s in Little Silver because the pies are good, big and reasonably priced!
Scala’s in West End. Not only do they make a great thin crust pizza but they are supportive to the community and always very friendly and accommodating.
Denino’s is good - just the plain pizza!
La Piazza (in Freehold) is the only
one I will eat!
The San Remo Restaurant in Aberdeen
because the pizza tastes
good and the crust is really puffy.
My favorite is my mom’s pizza!
Denino’s in Aberdeen because it’s my favorite, that’s why.
Denino’s in Aberdeen. Their mozzarella sticks are amazing.
Carlo’s in Marlboro because of their “home-made-ness”!
Marlboro Pizza because it has good cheese on it.
Romeo’s in Marlboro.
The sausage and
onion pizza is real
Marlboro Pizza; it’s tasty and not greasy and close by so it’s still
hot when you get home.
I owned a pizza place in Newark for 20
years so I know pizza
and the best I’ve found around here is Attilio’s Pizza & Pasta
Marlboro Pizza; they have good cheese.
The Pizza Pasta Factory in Marlboro;
they have the best garlic knots!
-June & Andy Ellsweig
Mezza Luna in Manalapan. The white
pizza is really good.
Marlboro Pizza. I like the variety but the
buffalo chicken pizza
topping is the best.
Marlboro Pizza has very good pizza and
they really cater to the
community, which is important.
Marlboro Pizza because of the sweet sauce!
Marlboro Middle School’s pizza has a
great thick crust!
Marlboro Pizza. I like the garlic knots and
the chicken pizza is
The Pizza Pasta Factory in Marlboro;
it’s hot and fresh.
Marlboro Pizza - and the pepperoni and
meatball pizza is the
Denino’s in Aberdeen because it’s not too
Marlboro Pizza because it’s cheesy and the crust
is thick and crunchy.
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