We missed this when it came out but the love doesn’t get much better then straight from the New Jersey government!
I had seen some high praises for Dani’s online and, being in Queens, figured it was only a little out of the way on my way to Long Island. While the parking was absolutely horrendous, the pizza was well worth it. They only had two options; plain and pesto. I opened with the pesto, which fondly reminded me of the white slice from Mack’s down the shore. Pesto sounds like a weird pizza topping, but it really just tasted like a white slice with some extra seasoning. Absolutely delicious. The plain was just as good. It had sweet sauce a la Guiseppe’s and had a perfect blend of cheese and sauce. Also, even though the super thin crust was a little burnt, I didn’t mind. Slices were $3 each, but they were good enough to be worth it. On top of it, the earliest they close is 1am. HIGHLY recommended, especially if you don’t have a car to park.
A few Friday the 13ths ago, I went with my sister to get $13 tattoos at Park Ave Tattoo. While we were waiting in a painfully long line, we decided to scope some slices from the pizza place next door with an equally unoriginal name; Park Pizza. The pizza itself was above average at least. The pepperonis were great and flavorful and helped with the slightly underwhelming sauce. Overall, a good slice even at $2.67. I was between a 4 and a 5, but we’re going with a 4. I don’t remember if I tried my sister’s pasta slice, but I guess it wasn’t that memorable if I did.
P.S. here’s the pizza tattoo I got!
I’ve been to Vesuvio’s on several occasions and have even posted about it, but apparently I never wrote a review. Well, that changes today. At this point, I’m fairly certain I’ve tried every pizzeria in West Milford proper and this is the best one (I’m not counting Pizza Station). Good for your standard pizza fare (plain, pepperoni, sausage, garlic knots, etc.) and affordable!
Buonasera is the newest pizzeria in the cursed Bromat Plaza. I say that because this isn’t the first, nor the second pizzeria that’s been in this location, but the third since 2014. Now while the other two went from bad to worse, luckily for all of us, Buonasera is a step up. I went in shortly after the grand opening and decided to start simple with a plain (though the white also looked good too). While nothing incredible, it was definitely a good slice. The cheese was chewy, stretchy, and blended nicely with the (slightly overseasoned) sauce. Additionally, the crust was a nice blend of crispy and chewy. For a new pizzeria, Buonasera definitely shows potential. While the selection was small, the plain slice wasn’t terribly expensive at $2.25 and I could see myself going back. While it doesn’t surpass Anthony Franco’s which is about 20 seconds down the road in terms of specialty slices, I think I prefer their plain, so check it out if you’re looking for a change of pace.
So, in my effort to try as many different pizzerias as possible, I decided to try Manville’s Frank’s. Now, generally any place named Frank’s (besides the one in Lake Hopatcong) is complete garbage and this Frank’s was no exception. The plain was straight up bad. It basically tasted like nothing, just a little bit of bad sauce. I tried covering it up with lots of seasoning, but it just couldn’t help that sauce. On top of all that, the crust was just soggy bread. Yuck.
The buffalo chicken was hardly any better. The chicken was mushy and flavorless, the hot sauce had no taste, and there was barely any bleu cheese, just big, sporadic globs that were complete overkill. Please, for the love of everything good about pizza, do NOT go here. Actually I looked it up recently and apparently this Frank’s is permanently closed so now no one can suffer this assault on their taste buds even if they wanted to. Good thing too, because those too slices cost $5.47, which is a lot of money to pay for straight up garbage.
Ah’Pizz is a mini-chain that used to have a location in Denville. Seems they closed up shop recently. Too bad too, because the pizza was pretty tasty! When I went, I got a lunch special (personal pie and soup) for $9 which, for a full pie place, seems pretty reasonably. Usually they charge like $14 for some tiny pie and it doesn’t even fill you up. This was a different story though.
I decided to get a topping of soppressata, which ended up kind of being a waste of $2 because they barely put any on. Looking at the picture, I didn’t even remember I had gotten it until I read my notes. That’s my only real gripe though. The crust was chewy (in a good way), the cheese and sauce blended together perfectly, and the sauce wasn’t overly seasoned. On top of that my chicken soup was good, though a little oniony. Overall, a well spent $9 for a filling meal. Unfortunately, you’ll have to visit one of their other locations now, but they aren’t too far away - Wayne, Montclair, or Harrison. Recommended!
I’ve passed by Napoli Mania Pizza a million times but never stopped in because I was always picking up chinese food from Lotus Cafe. I forget the reason I actually went in, but I finally did. I settled on the above chicken francaise slice (for $3.47) which was good, but nothing outstanding. While it had ample chicken and was pretty filling, it was just too lemony and the crust was crackery. However, chicken francaise slices don’t always come out great, so I’m giving this place the benefit of the doubt and would definitely go back to try a different slice.
Another Long Island spot Paul visited. Keep reading for his thoughts…
I went to Broadway Pizzeria a few years back when I was in the area to buy Chelsea’s Christmas gift. Overall, it was nothing special. Light and crispy crust, decent cheese, and iffy sauce. Luckily, the sauce was light enough that it didn’t ruin everything else, but at $2.65 this slice was not worth the price of admission.
I thought I had tried all of the best pizza that the area around my job had to offer. However, while I had passed by Russo’s before, I had never stopped in because honestly, it looked like it would have horrible pizza. Goddamn, was I wrong. While the variety of slices didn’t stray beyond the classics like pepperoni and sausage, it didn’t need to. What they have to offer is that good.
Normally, if I want to try a topping somewhere new, my go-to will be a pepperoni slice. However, the sausage slice here caught my eye and wouldn’t let go. I’m glad I got it too, because this slice was AWESOME. The cheese, sauce, and sausage blended together perfectly where I got a taste of all three in every bite. The crust had a nice fluff on the top while still maintaining a light but satisfying crunch on the bottom. Honestly, this is exactly what I want every sausage slice to taste like. It was so good that I went back a few days later to sample the pepperoni and it was just as good. And considering that both of these slices cost a mere $2.35 each, you NEED to try it. Russo’s has quite possibly become my favorite pizzeria in Somerset County, and is a must-try for any pizza aficionado.