Dough Boy’s Pizza, 451 3rd Ave, New York, NY
I ventured into the city the other day to meet up with my gf for some lunch. We walked around a bit until we decided to grab lunch at this pizza parlor in Murray Hill. Upon walking in you could tell it was the pizzeria of the future. We checked out the slice selection. I ordered a buffalo chicken slice. Once slice was a whopping FIVE DOLLARS?!? I felt my heart stop for a second. I bit my tongue and handed over the cash. If it’s that much it must be fuckin delicious right?
Well…almost. The crust was by far the best part of this slice. Ultra-thin, super crunchy. It even had sesame seeds added to it (something I’ve never seen added to a slice). The chicken was also superb, opting for a crispy popcorn-styled chicken coated in a spicy (but not overwhelming) sauce. The blue cheese was distributed evenly and the cheese was nicely garnished with herbs. It was a bit on the greasy side.
All in all it was a good slice. However, the sting of paying $5 for one buffalo chicken slice is a hard pill to swallow and definitely put a damper on my whole experience.
10:00 pm • 28 July 2014 • 30 notes
What better way to spend a Sunday in July than chillin’ with ya boys/girls and some pies!
9:01 pm • 27 July 2014 • 23 notes
Planet Pizza - Monroe, NY
Alright guys, I’ve been putting off writing up this review for over a week now. Words can not describe how utterly disgusted I was as a result of my recent stop at Pizza Planet. I had gone with Sean to a show at The Elephant Graveyard in Chester, NY and we were looking to scope out some local cuisine after the show before we headed back to the Jerz. All the locals hyped the fuck out of Planet Pizza to the point where I felt as if I would be a fool NOT to check it out. I have no idea what any of these people were thinking. Pizza Planet was an utter waste of time, money, and happiness.
Honestly, I was pretty pumped walking into Planet Pizza. Like, that sign alone got me kinda excited, as well as the fact that they still had a buffalo chicken slice out, even though they were closing in 15 minutes. I grabbed that and a plain and eagerly awaited my slices. Little did I know what awaited. First off, the buffalo slice had tomato sauce on it, which as we all know is a sacrilege to pizza. Instantly put off, I decided to open with the plain and see where it took me. After only one bite though, the end result was clear; I’d be forcing this pizza down if I wanted to finish it. I doused it in just about whatever they had to offer (roasted red pepper, oregano, garlic powder) and still had trouble eating this garbage. The sauce was beyond gross. I’ve tried to block this slice from my memory, so I unfortunately don’t have anything else to add.
Now on to the buffalo. Wow, I didn’t know you could do this type of damage to buffalo chicken. First off, that gobbed on bleu cheese absolutely ruined any potential this slice had. It tasted funny (it kind of had the fabled suntan lotion vibe) and was just overbearing, blocking out any other tastes from making it through. This may be hard to believe, but I could not finish either slice. I do my best to finish any food I get, so when I can’t finish a slice of pizza, you know there is more than one thing wrong with that slice. Please, save yourself the agony, and avoid Planet Pizza at all costs. There pizza is definitely from another world; one completed inhabited by pizza clowns.
11:00 pm • 26 July 2014 • 11 notes
Marco’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant - Parsippany, NJ
I needed a new fuse for my amp and the only Radio Shack open late enough was in Parsippany. To celebrate my success after I found one, I decided to get a slice of course! Marco’s was one of the higher rated spots in the area, so I figured it was worth a try. I’m not sure why Marco’s got such a high rating though, because it wasn’t so hot. For starters, they had zero specialty slices out. Luckily they had pepperoni though, so I figured I would be in the clear. Nope! This slice was extra saucy in a weird way. It had a spicy kick to it that was overpowering and I just did not really like. The cheese was also really thick and goopey which I usually do like, but it just didn’t gel with this slice. On top of that, the crust was really doughy and had absolutely no crunch to it. What a letdown. I’ll probably just stick to Wawa every other time I’m in the area like I usually do.
11:00 pm • 25 July 2014 • 28 notes
Crucial wardrobe choice for every pizza enthusiast, courtesy of Chris Postlewaite!
10:01 pm • 24 July 2014 • 32 notes
Tony’s Pizzeria - Morris Plains, NJ
After Uncle Vinny’s, Paul and I didn’t know where to go to finish up our pizza adventure through Morris County. Katie C. had a few recommendations for us, and Tony’s in Morris Plains was one of them. We figured, how bad could a recommendation be??? The answer? Not too good.
Yet again, Tony’s had a really weak selection of specialty slices. After careful deliberation, Paul got a Margherita and I settled for the substandard-looking buffalo chicken. Or so they say it was. From the first bite, something felt off. I swear that it tasted like BBQ chicken. I made Paul try it for a second opinion even though he doesn’t typically do buffalo, and he agreed. BBQ. Tony’s is either clueless when it comes to labeling pies, or they don’t know how to make buffalo chicken. Either way, this isn’t what I was planning on eating. This aside, it wasn’t a terrible slice. The crust was overly crunchy, but the chicken and sauce they used weren’t bad. I was honestly just really confused by what I was eating.
Paul had an equally mediocre experience with his margherita. For starters, it was beyond thin. Like, the guy had trouble getting it out of the oven because it was practically falling off of his spatula. Because of this, he wasn’t able to fully enjoy the slice until he was about halfway through, which is pretty ridiculous. While the sauce was average, Paul said the crust was good and the mozzarella great, so it wasn’t a complete loss. However, these guys have got to thicken this bad boy up for it to be at all worthy of a repeat visit. Yet another Morris County disappointment that I won’t be jumping at the chance to have again. What a shame!
10:00 pm • 23 July 2014 • 14 notes
Uncle Vinny’s Pizza & Pasta - Pine Plaza in Whippany, NJ
The only saving grace Paul and I’s Morris County Pizza Adventure was Uncle Vinny’s in Whippany. We kinda lucked out with this one, as it was the only place out of all five stops with solid slices of pizza after stumbling upon it completely by chance. Anyway, first things first, we were kinda sketched out by Uncle Vinny’s location.
Just look at how many places are in this plaza which, by the way, looked straight out of the 90’s. To make things even more interesting, not only was Uncle Vinny’s located in the BIGGEST shopping plaza ever, but it was also crammed way off in the farthest corner from the entrance where it could easily be missed by your average Joe. Paul was really bothered by this, but it kinda gave me a good feeling, as it brought back fond memories of Angelo’s on Long Island, the king of buffalo chicken.
One problem we had this entire trip was the weak selection of slices every place seemed to have. There wasn’t much past the generic toppings you’d expect, and none of the more unconventional slices really jumped out at either of us either. Uncle Vinny’s had a pretty decent variety, but once again, not much of it looked very appealing. They DID have a pepperoni ricotta slice, but I couldn’t help eyeing the regular pepperoni as it just looked phenomenal, as I’m sure you can tell in the pic up top.
I went ahead and ordered my pepperoni while Paul ordered a white slice and we had a seat to enjoy our slices while watching a little of the World Cup game that was playing on the TV. Upon tasting both my own and Paul’s slices, I definitely thought that Uncle Vinny’s had some real solid pizza to offer to the NJ pizza game. This was more than apparent in my pepperoni slice, as the cheese was that perfect amount of gooey/runny where it creates those long strings of cheese as you tear a mouthful off. I love that shit and was hyped it happened with this slice. The proportion of sauce to cheese was also spot on. Sometimes I dread taking bites out of pizza because I know I’m going to get an unpleasant sauce aftertaste. I remember taking a bite of this slice, fully prepared for that exact taste, and was pleasantly surprised to find it nowhere in sight. It left no aftertaste whatsoever!
I took a bite of Paul’s slice and enjoyed it as well. We both agreed that it had all the keys to a perfect white slice, with perfectly layered ricotta beneath the mozzarella and cheese that didn’t fall off when you picked up the slice. This slice also had a really nice kick to it, that we assume was from some sort of seasoning they put on top. Neither of us could place it, but whatever it was, it definitely made this slice stand out from your average white fare, keeping it from getting bland as you progressed through. Once again, this slice’s main downfall was the lackluster crust, which was just too doughy and tasteless to get our full endorsement.
Overall, I think Uncle Vinny’s is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area. It’s not worth road tripping for, but they have some good pizza that you will definitely not be disappointed by. Check it out, maybe they’ll have some more exotic slices when you visit!
P.S. how clutch is it that every table had oregano, roasted red pepper, and garlic powder just chillen in case you needed it? SUCH a nice touch!
10:01 pm • 22 July 2014 • 10 notes
Suvio’s Pizza Ristorante - Morristown, NJ
Our second stop on our recent Za Venture was a suggestion from fellow Za Blogger Katie C. Since we were already in Morristown visiting Morris Pizzeria, we decided to stop at Suvio’s (located a little passed the Morristown Green). The stop started out promising since Tom found a spot right out front with still 30 minutes left in the meter (how clutch is that?). From the outside Suvio’s looks like a very nice italian restaurant. It has a very homey look.
Upon entering Suvio’s I got a very 90’s pizzeria vibe. They had the classic menus on the wall with the letters you can add or take off. Unfortunately though, the specialty selection was quite poor. All they had available was plain, buffalo chicken, and nonna (grandma) slices. The buff chicken looked extra sketch so Tom went with the plain where I went with the Nonna slice. The plain had a weird sauce, which was watery and did not taste that great. Tom had to put a lot of red pepper and stuff on it, but it did not help. The crust was really crunchy and not very edible (possibly been sitting too long/reheated too long). However, the Nonna slice was not too bad. It was larger than your average Nonna slice size which was a plus. However, the cheese was too heavy and had more sauce than it should have. I am assuming they added the extra sauce to compensate for the cheese. The real downfall for me was the lack of olive oil/garlic on the Nonna. I feel those two are key and Suvio’s failed me.
How 90’s is this? Also, I would not say this is “the real pizza of Morristown” and if it is then god help Morristown.
10:00 pm • 21 July 2014 • 17 notes
Forte’s Pizzeria & Ristorante - Route 10 in Randolph, NJ
Sweet Lou already reviewed Forte’s, but I figure EVERYONE wants a second opinion! I was in the area today and stopped here with Brian “3 Minute” Thompson after he got off work. I’ve been hearing for a long time that Forte’s is the best pizza in the area, so I was of course intrigued to try it. They had a pretty stacked selection when we got there, but I eventually I settled on a chicken bacon ranch and Brian grabbed a buffalo chicken.
Forte’s is definitely going for the “gourmet pizza” vibe with their slices. However, I personally think they overdo it a little on the presentation side of things. My chicken bacon ranch was definitely solid, but nothing that blew my mind. Good toppings ratio, good everything honestly, but there was still something missing to give it that little oomph to set it apart from the rest. I will say that the crust was great though!
I also sampled a little of Brian’s buffalo slice. I was wary of ordering one myself because I am not a fan of pizzerias that just glob bleu cheese on top like they do here (it’s the second slice pictured if you’re not sure). Like come on, spread it all over a little more evenly! It just makes the entire slice inconsistent and definitely less enjoyable. As for the buffalo chicken, it was HOT. If you like a buffalo slice with a big kick, Forte’s definitely has it. Honestly a bit too much hot compared to what I generally look for in a buffalo slice, but still a nice change of pace.
All in all, Forte’s left me feeling a little cheated. For all of the great things I’ve heard about this place, I expected better. This is definitely the best spot for a slice in the area, but there’s significantly better offerings elsewhere. $3.35 for a slice is pushing it a bit too! I would recommend this spot for a pizza date though, as it has a real nice restaurant vibe that won’t break the bank. Check it out, but don’t believe all the hype!
11:00 pm • 20 July 2014 • 21 notes
Telemark Pizza - Greenpond Road in Rockaway, NJ
Last summer, Sweet Lou recommended me Telemark Pizza, saying that it was some of the most legit pizza in the area. Well, today is the first time maybe ever that I drove down all of Greenpond Road from Rockaway to Jefferson and I figured if they were open, I would stop by for a slice. Surprisingly Lou HASN’T reviewed this place yet, so I figured it was about time! I remembered him telling me they had odd hours though, so seeing as it was 8:45 on a Thursday, I didn’t get my hopes up too much. However, they were still open and serving up ‘za when I pulled into the lot, so of course I stopped in for some slices.
Being in the middle of a 10 mile road connecting two highways, I assumed Telemark would be very backwoods-y, and once I walked in my assumptions proved true. First off, they didn’t have any slices out on the counter, leading me to assume that if you want any kind of specialty slice, you’re getting a whole pie. No biggie though, as I decided to keep it simple with a plain and a pepperoni. I paid my $4 (great price!) and sat down to hopefully enjoy these highly regarded slices.
Unfortunately, I was less than impressed with both slices. The presentation alone had me questioning what it would taste like, and actually tasting the slices confirmed these feelings. Maybe the guy just left my slices in the oven too long, but they were quite overdone to the point where the bottoms of my slices were black. Surprisingly, this didn’t ruin either slice, though it also certainly did not help. It’s sounding like this place was all bad, but that’s definitely not the case. Picking it up, I definitely appreciated the amount of support the crust provided for the pizza. I wasn’t worried about it falling apart at all. The cheese was also heavy in an excellent way and blended very nicely with the cheese, bringing it to the forefront of my tastebuds, but also not being too overpowering. That’s pretty much the extent of what I liked though. Overall I just wasn’t overly impressed, with my entire meal leaving me wanting more. The crust at the end just amplified this, being extremely thin and crunchy in a bad way. I cannot see this pizzeria topping any lists for me, but it really was not bad, and I may have just gotten the short end of the stick with my slices. I’m fairly certain there are no other pizzerias around this one, so while not the best, it is holding it down for Greenpond Road. Check it out if you’re in the area!
11:00 pm • 19 July 2014 • 16 notes