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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 worldís first true pizzeria is thought to be Antica Pizzeria PortíAlba which opened in 1830 and is still in business today at Via PortíAlba in Naples, Italy. An Italian immigrant, Gennaro Lombardi, opened the first U.S. pizzeria in Little Italy, Manhattan just over one hundred years ago. Itís 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 fromÖ.not that you have to be Italian to love pizza!
Itís 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 (letís 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 Eldaís in Neptune, Federiciís Pizza in Freehold, Deninoís in Aberdeen and either Luigiís 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 itís all about the crust. Adults like theirs to be thin and crisp while kids like theirs thick and doughy. Both kidsí and adultsí 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 itís 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. Hereís what some of your neighbors picked as their favorites. Buon appetito!
Emelioís in Manalapan is good pizza.
Deninoís in Aberdeen because of the crunchy crust and the sauce.
Carloís in Marlboro; itís really cheesy and the crust is good.
Deninoís in Aberdeen; the crust is nice and soft and the plain pizza is the best.
Bertucciís in Hazlet has a yummy cheese pizza.
Federiciís in Freehold; their thin crust is so good and the eggplant or the plain are my favorites.
Peopleís Pizza in Englishtown because my kids like it...
Freddieís in Long Branch. Itís all about the thin crust and theirs is perfect. And because they are extremely generous with the community!
Stefanoís in Freehold. They are always welcoming and have a big smile for all their customers!
-Nikolas Bistrimovich & Gregory Marinos
Deninoís in Aberdeen. I like the amount of cheese and sauce they use; itís just right!
Deninoís in Aberdeen has the best tasting pizza around.
Federiciís 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 Attilioís 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.
Deninoís in Aberdeen, because thatís where we first met as friends after tennis.
-Wesley Lam &
Attilioís in Lincroft has good meatball pizza.
Hands down, Momís Kitchen in Neptune! Thin, saucy, and delicious! I love it!
We like Marlboro Pizza best; itís good.
-Gigi & Frankie Licitra
Luigiís in Lincroft has great stuffed pizzas.
I do not eat pizza. It is fattening and very bad for you!
Deninoís in Aberdeen; we like the margarita pizza best!
-Danielle & Samantha Spano
When I get a slice of pizza, I travel to Red Bankís, 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!
Brotherís Pizza in Red Bank is my favorite. I love the atmosphere and the sauce is tangy.
Luigiís in Marlboro. I love all their toppings.
Pete and Eldaís in Neptune. Itís the best tasting pie Iíve ever had!
Pasqualeís in Middletown; the crust is really good.
I like the Mad Hatter in Sea Bright because of the thin crust.
Michelangeloís in Sea Girt because the ingredients are really fresh.
Attilioís in Tinton Falls because itís right around the corner from my house...
Impossible to narrow it downÖcan I pick three? Pete and Eldaís in Neptune, Squan Tavern in Manasquan and Andyís in Sea Girt!
Tonyís in Long Branch. Iíve been going there since 1970. They deliver fast and they have the best mushroom and sausage pizza in the world!
Attilioís 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.
Carloís Gourmet Pizza in Manalapan. The pizza is extremely delicious, the delivery is amazingly fast and they have whole wheat pizza crust!
Vicís Pizza in Bradley Beach; they have a thin crust like a bar pizza and the onion pie is the best.
-Dr. Anthony DiCesare
Deninoís Pizza in Aberdeen; theyíve got the best Margarita pizza Iíve ever had.
Luigiís in Wanamassa. Their pizzas have the best flavor; itís the closest you can get to boardwalk pizza without being on the boardwalk - and itís better!
Giuseppeís in Hazlet; itís New York Style pizza and for such a small place they do a really good job.
-Lois & Kayla Rosenthal
The Penalty Box Cafť in the Wall Sports Arena; the pizza crust and bottoms are a perfect crispiness...
Enzoís 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 TVís which my husband lovesÖ.
Hands down, Momís Kitchen in Neptune! Thin, saucy, and delicious! I love it!
Attilioís in West Long Branch. Itís all about the tomatoes; they use the best kind - Marzano tomatoes from the can!
Federiciís in Freehold. Itís all about not being commercialized!
Brotherís Pizza in Red Bank is my favorite.
Vicís Pizza in Bradley Beach; they have the best thin pies, a great reputation and they have won all kinds of awards.
Luigiís 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!
Attilioís in Wall. The crust is thick but the bottom crust is thin and they have a great tasting sauce.
Federiciís in Freehold. The flavor, the thin crust ...they are the best in the business!
I like Attilioís Pizza in Long Branch because itís the best cheese pizza Iíve ever had!
Valís in Rumson. Their thin crust has a cracker like consistency.
Vicís 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 & Eldaís 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!
Federiciís in Freehold. We used to live in Keyport, now we are in Florida and every time we come back up this way we canít wait to go there for pizza. The sauces, the crust, the toppings; itís all top shelf!
-Gary Senior & Deanna Dietrich
Luigiís in Little Silver. The sauce is really delicious and different from anywhere else and I like that they have square pizzas, too.
Itís a tie between Freddieís in Long Branch & Luigiís in Little Silver. It depends on what kind of mood Iím in.
Attilioís in Oakhurst; they are consistently good, homemade and their best topping is the ziti!
Bellaís 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 arenít in the mood for pizza....
Brotherís Pizza, but Iím not sure where it is. A few years ago my daughter was at a party at Arielís in Eatontown and they brought the pizza in from Brothers; it was the best pizza I have ever tasted.
TJís 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.
Luigiís in Little Silver. I like the Hawaiian pizza with the pineapple and ham topping; it is excellent!
Guidoís in Eatontown. They have a great sauce, and great cheese and the crust is perfect, not too thick and not too thin.
Pete and Eldaís in Neptune has a really good, thin crust and their pizzas taste different and better than anywhere else.
Attilioís on Monmouth Rd. in Oakhurst. We have been patrons there for over 16 years and it has been consistently good.
My favorite is Attilioís in Tinton Falls because of the white pizza; it makes my tummy tickle!
Luigiís in Little Silver because the pies are good, big and reasonably priced!
Scalaís 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.
Deninoís 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 momís pizza!
Deninoís in Aberdeen because itís my favorite, thatís why.
Deninoís in Aberdeen. Their mozzarella sticks are amazing.
Carloís in Marlboro because of their ďhome-made-nessĒ!
Marlboro Pizza because it has good cheese on it.
Romeoís in Marlboro.
The sausage and
onion pizza is real
Marlboro Pizza; itís tasty and not greasy and close by so itís still
hot when you get home.
I owned a pizza place in Newark for 20
years so I know pizza
and the best Iíve found around here is Attilioís 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 Schoolís pizza has a
great thick crust!
Marlboro Pizza. I like the garlic knots and
the chicken pizza is
The Pizza Pasta Factory in Marlboro;
itís hot and fresh.
Marlboro Pizza - and the pepperoni and
meatball pizza is the
Deninoís in Aberdeen because itís not too
Marlboro Pizza because itís cheesy and the crust
is thick and crunchy.
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