|Pizza by the piece as the sign says in Lecce, Italy. This store front
pizza take away, has reviews on several travel sites…
A version of authentic pizza is offered all over the USA. But all pizza is not created equal. And not all pizza across the USA is offered by the ‘slice’.
Having a slice, stopping for a slice might almost be a daily activity in towns with large Italian American communities.
I was in NJ for a week allowing me to spread the sampling over several days, but still it was a LOT of pizza to consume.
629 North Main Street (Route 9) Lanoka Harbor, NJ www.espospizzeria.com
Located on Rt 9 south of Toms River, NJ
Advertised as a brick oven pizza I was eager to try this version of a slice.
I was greeted by two very friendly servers. A very nice change to the usual ‘what do you want’ or worse, not being noticed at all! This may be a function of my age group…………
I tried sausage pizza here as well (it is my favorite combination of
Again a large variety of pizza was displayed on the counter. Each slice was put into the gas oven to be heated. I was told all the pizzas were baked originally in the brick oven. I asked that the slice be very hot and it was delivered hot. The brown bottom of this slice was different that others that I had sampled
that week, leaving the crust crisp on the bottom as well as the circular crust.
Slice Review I arrived late in the day and did not want to wait for a sausage pizza to be baked, so I tried ricotta and meatballsls, a combination I had never tried before. This was the first slice I received with a side of sauce. It gave me an opportunity to taste the sauce. The sauce had a good flavor that resonated of fresh herbs. The slice was more like a meal because of all the cheese.
I returned later in the week to try sausage and cheese and to talk with the owner Joey. Busy owners often have no interest in chatting about pizza but Joey took the time to tell me about a long tradition of his Italian American family and the restaurant business. Grandma’s pizza is apparently a very popular option in all the pizza outlets in the area I visited and Joey explained the origin. I shall be writing a separate post on our meeting and everything I learned about PIZZA.
I sampled pizza at the 3 Brothers on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, NJ and two other sources that I am not reviewing.
1. Espo’s located at 629 North Main Street (Route 9) Lanoka Harbor, NJ www.espospizzeria.com On their menu you find: “eating well is to live well”.
2, Mangia located at Rt 37 at Hooper Avenue. http://www.mangiabrickovenpizza.com/ This site was recommended by hairdresser.
3. Joey Tomatos on Lacy Road, Forked River, NJ. http://www.joeytomatospizza.com/ was recommended by a volunteer at the Lacy food bank.
This video shows you how pizza is made in a very well know location in Rome, Piazza dei Fiore……………..just follow the wonderful smell, go in the door on the left and select the type you prefer and the size you want.