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Weigh In - What's Your Favorite Pizza Place in Monmouth County?
04/26/2010 - By Teja Anderson

Weigh In - What's Your Favorite Pizza Place in Monmouth County?

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.

-Alexandria Parsons

Denino’s in Aberdeen because of the crunchy crust and the sauce.

-David Blumenberg
Carlo’s in Marlboro; it’s really cheesy and the crust is good.

-Victoria Parsons


Denino’s in Aberdeen; the crust is nice and soft and the plain pizza is the best.

-Gerard Blumenberg


Bertucci’s in Hazlet has a yummy cheese pizza.

-Colleen Addario

Federici’s in Freehold; their thin crust is so good and the eggplant or the plain are my favorites.

-Heather Forsyth


People’s Pizza in Englishtown because my kids like it...

-Bill Moore


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!

-Dawn Dell’omo

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!

-Justin Dorf
Denino’s in Aberdeen has the best tasting pizza around.

-Rajat Rajpal

Federici’s in Freehold; what else could it possibly be?

-Jill Austin


Villa Pizza in Middletown because they have the best meatball pizza!

-Shannon Addario

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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.

-Joanie Montrilla


La Piazza has great white pizza.

-Sofia James

Denino’s in Aberdeen, because that’s where we first met as friends after tennis.

-Wesley Lam &

Serhiy Moshak

Attilio’s in Lincroft has good meatball pizza.

-Sean Addario
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Hands down, Mom’s Kitchen in Neptune! Thin, saucy, and delicious! I love it!
-Andrew Vazzone

We like Marlboro Pizza best; it’s good.

-Gigi & Frankie Licitra
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Luigi’s in Lincroft has great stuffed pizzas.

-Ellen Addario
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I do not eat pizza. It is fattening and very bad for you!

-Jennie B


Denino’s in Aberdeen; we like the margarita pizza best!

-Danielle & Samantha Spano

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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!

-John Allegra

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Brother’s Pizza in Red Bank is my favorite. I love the atmosphere and the sauce is tangy.

-Joe Hyon

Luigi’s in Marlboro. I love all their toppings.

-Nicolas Fernandez

 Pete and Elda’s in Neptune. It’s the best tasting pie I’ve ever had!

-R.J. Weber


Pasquale’s in Middletown; the crust is really good.

-Jessica Latona

I like the Mad Hatter in Sea Bright because of the thin crust.

-Sean Gilbert
 Michelangelo’s in Sea Girt because the ingredients are really fresh.

-Jasmine Owens
Attilio’s in Tinton Falls because it’s right around the corner from my house...

-Steve Delizza
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!

-Judy Zocci

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!

-Frank Bruckman
 Attilio’s in Lincroft has a great Sicilian pizza.

-Sue Migliaccio


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.
-Kevin Nesci

Carlo’s Gourmet Pizza in Manalapan. The pizza is extremely delicious, the delivery is amazingly fast and they have whole wheat pizza crust!

-Peggy Alvarado

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
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Denino’s Pizza in Aberdeen; they’ve got the best Margarita pizza I’ve ever had.

-Lorin Mcane


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!

-Dianne Roebuck


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...

-Stan Gutt

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….

-Nayri Gueyikian
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Hands down, Mom’s Kitchen in Neptune! Thin, saucy, and delicious! I love it!

-Andrew Vazzone

Attilio’s in West Long Branch. It’s all about the tomatoes; they use the best kind - Marzano tomatoes from the can!

-Elaine Steko
 Federici’s in Freehold. It’s all about not being commercialized!

-Cecilia Donello
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Brother’s Pizza in Red Bank is my favorite.

-Joe Hyon

Vic’s Pizza in Bradley Beach; they have the best thin pies, a great reputation and they have won all kinds of awards.

-Debbie Hanson


Luigi’s in Lincroft; I like the pizzas we get from them for our staff meetings.

-Jackie Fricher



Squan Tavern in Manasquan. You know it's all fresh ingredients and made by good people!

-Michael Courtney


Attilio’s in Wall. The crust is thick but the bottom crust is thin and they have a great tasting sauce.

-Olivia Kenney


Federici’s in Freehold. The flavor, the thin crust ...they are the best in the business!

-Gary Dietrich


I like Attilio’s Pizza in Long Branch because it’s the best cheese pizza I’ve ever had!

-Lauren Kelly


Val’s in Rumson. Their thin crust has a cracker like consistency.

-Wally Tunison


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.

-Lu-Ann Russell

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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!

-Caroline Dorick


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.

-Kelly Rogers

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.

-Jennifer Anderson

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Attilio’s in Oakhurst; they are consistently good, homemade and their best topping is the ziti!

-Christian Bostwick

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....

-Amanda Halper


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.

-Monica Levy

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.

-John Gambardella

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Luigi’s in Little Silver. I like the Hawaiian pizza with the pineapple and ham topping; it is excellent!

-Barbara Gasparini


Guido’s in Eatontown. They have a great sauce, and great cheese and the crust is perfect, not too thick and not too thin.

-Kayla Jagusch

Pete and Elda’s in Neptune has a really good, thin crust and their pizzas taste different and better than anywhere else.

-Meaghan Gannon

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Attilio’s on Monmouth Rd. in Oakhurst. We have been patrons there for over 16 years and it has been consistently good.

-Suzanne Bostwick

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My favorite is Attilio’s in Tinton Falls because of the white pizza; it makes my tummy tickle!

-Sarah Giordano

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Luigi’s in Little Silver because the pies are good, big and reasonably priced!

-John Gasparini


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.

-Robin Lowy-Embrey


Denino’s is good - just the plain pizza!

-Deanna Prestigiacomo

La Piazza (in Freehold) is the only
one I will eat!

-Shawn McNiff


The San Remo Restaurant in Aberdeen
because the pizza tastes
good and the crust is really puffy.

-Sabrina McNiff

My favorite is my mom’s pizza!

-Jack McNiff


Denino’s in Aberdeen because it’s my favorite, that’s why.

-Ashley Prestigiacomo

Denino’s in Aberdeen. Their mozzarella sticks are amazing.

-Rohan Sood


Carlo’s in Marlboro because of their “home-made-ness”!

-Darren D’Lima

Marlboro Pizza because it has good cheese on it.

-Christian Mannino


Romeo’s in Marlboro.

The sausage and

onion pizza is real


-Robert Mannino

Marlboro Pizza; it’s tasty and not greasy and close by so it’s still
hot when you get home.

-Shelia Mandel


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
in Freehold.

-Joseph Ruisi
Marlboro Pizza; they have good cheese.

-Nisha Desai
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.

-Josh Walker
Marlboro Pizza. I like the variety but the
buffalo chicken pizza
topping is the best.
-Tommy Bawers
Marlboro Pizza has very good pizza and
they really cater to the
community, which is important.
-Joanne Policano
Marlboro Pizza because of the sweet sauce!

-Angelo Fraggos
Marlboro Middle School’s pizza has a
great thick crust!
-Gianna Mannino
Marlboro Pizza. I like the garlic knots and
the chicken pizza is

-Jigesh Patel

The Pizza Pasta Factory in Marlboro;
it’s hot and fresh.
-Lindsey Walker
Marlboro Pizza - and the pepperoni and
meatball pizza is the

-Deena Laberti
Denino’s in Aberdeen because it’s not too

-Ryan Abelow
Marlboro Pizza because it’s cheesy and the crust
is thick and crunchy.
-Tara Jue


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