Manco & Manco Pizzeria - 9th Street on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ
For anyone who hasn’t been to Wildwood, Mack’s Pizza on the boardwalk is among my favorite pizzerias of all time. According to history, it started as a chain with another pizzeria in Ocean City, originally named Mack and Manco’s. Though they have since split apart, I figured I should check out Manco & Manco’s to see how it stood up to Mack’s. I could only find 15 minute parking on the street, so I had to be quick about it, but I was able to get to one of Manco’s three locations (8th, 9th, and 12th Street all on the boardwalk) with time to spare. Just from looking at the slices, I could tell that Manco’s recipe came from the same place as Mack’s. They did have a few different toppings such as tomato & basil, but I stuck with some classics, as I just couldn’t pass up that delicious looking pepperoni.
And the verdict? Manco’s is almost exactly the same as Mack’s. Same taste (super thin with cheddar mixed in to the cheese), same boardwalk atmosphere, and (unfortunately) the same steep price. These two slices ran me $6.25. Considering how thin they are, that’s a lot of dough (get it?!?). I would complain more, but the slices are phenomenal. Seeing as I already had 4 slices up in Long Branch, I thought I was going to regret getting the ‘roni after I started on the plain, but I surprised myself and didn’t. While I thoroughly enjoyed both, I will say they each had a completely different vibe. The pepperoni was thick and greasy, just the way I like it, but it did mask over the trademark cheddar taste, so depending on what you’re feeling will determine which slice you should go with. This may be the only slices I’ve had in Ocean City, but if it’s anything like Wildwood, I won’t need to sample the rest, because I’m guessing this is the best.
10:00 pm • 31 August 2014 • 24 notes
Michael Angelo’s Pier Village - Ocean Ave. in Long Branch, NJ
Paul already reviewed Michael Angelo’s, but I figured since I was already in Long Branch and I’ve heard a bunch of good things that I should really check it out. Now before I go any further, I feel like I should mention how much of a hassle it was just to get a slice. First off, I couldn’t find a parking spot anywhere nearby, so I parked like an 8 minute walk away. Unlike the other two pizzerias I stopped at, Michael Angelo’s was right on the beach making it a hot spot for everyone and their mom. No biggie, especially since I didn’t want to pay for parking. However, after I finally got there and walked in for my slice I had to wait in a HUGE line to get them. I didn’t time it, but I must have waited at least 15 minutes. You can imagine I had some pretty high expectations by this point, which were not quite met.
I opened up with the tomato white slice, which is what originally caught my eye when I walked in the door. As a white, it had an excellent balance of cheeses that didn’t feel too heavy in my stomach. The tomatoes gave it a nice flavor that kept it from getting boring. I don’t know if that would have happened if it was a regular white, but it didn’t for this one! The crust was also very good, as it was soft and fluffy. There was a little too much of it at the end though and I ended up not finishing it on either slice because it was just too much for me.
Now, seeing as I had already been to two pizzerias in Long Branch, you may be surprised I had two slices from Michael Angelo’s. Well, I figured for the amount of time I waited, I might as well treat myself, so I went with one of my faves, the buffalo chicken. I wish I hadn’t though, because this particular buffalo slice was pretty lackluster. While it had a good amount of chicken on it, it had practically no sauce, leaving this slice significantly less flavorful and drier than what I expect from a buffalo chicken. Too bad, as it looked really good and I was excited to try it.
Overall, I don’t think Michael Angelo’s lived up to all of the hype it was given. On top of having to wait forever, I had to pay $8.55 for two slices. That’s too much for me to want to regularly drop on pizza that doesn’t even impress me. I’m sticking with KRUSTco next time I go to Long Branch.
P.S. thanks to Sarah B. for the last picture!
11:00 pm • 29 August 2014 • 14 notes
A shot from months ago of Chas eating at Angelo’s Pizza right next to Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ! He got it because he had to use the bathroom…I tasted it I think but I forget if it was good, which probably means it wasn’t. Oh well!
10:00 pm • 28 August 2014 • 11 notes
KRUSTco - Second Ave. in Long Branch, NJ
After Scala’s, I walked down the street a few hundred yards to KRUSTco, a spot I read about in a recent article from The Star-Ledger. I figured if it’s good enough for them, I had to put in my two cents.
I’ve got to hand it to the Munchmobile, they were spot on with this one. This slice was PERFECT. I want to say it was brick oven as it was super duper thin. That sauce spot also looks disgusting, but I didn’t mind one bit because the sauce was incredible. It was deep red and I couldn’t eat it fast enough. The balance of cheese to sauce to crust was wonderful. While I will say the slice was a little small, it was only $1.85 and well worth it. Possibly the best slice I’ve ever had on the Jersey shore. HIGHLY recommended!
10:00 pm • 27 August 2014 • 27 notes
Ray’s Pizza & Bagels
8/17/14 - Ray’s Pizza & Bagels - 2 St. Mark’s Place (off of the Astor Pl 6 Subway) - New York City
My boyfriend Denis and I headed into NYC to see RVIVR and Propagandhi at Webster Hall on a comfortable August evening. Before having our faces melted off by Propagandhi’s shredding, we had to grab a bite to eat. We headed a few blocks down from Webster Hall where we saw Ray’s Pizza & Bagels (open 24 hours!) and it was hoppin’ so it had to be the spot.
I got a plain slice and a sausage slice, and Denis had a plain slice and a veggie slice.
The sausage slice was BANGIN’ - I mean look at all that sausage on there. Pretty perfectly spread out and flavorful, great consistency - not too bland and chewy but not charred or burnt. Perfect sausage all around, in my opinion! The plain was pretty standard, but still good. No strip of sauce close to the crust, so A+ there. Not dry and not too greasy, just right.
The down side - we had 4 slices, a can of soda, and a bottle of iced tea- $17…..OOOOOOOF. We had a hunch we were overcharged, but we were famished and wanted to get back to the show and not make a fuss. So that was definitely steep as hell, but it’s NYC, a soul and money sucking place.
Denis ate both of his slices no problem, so the veggie slice must have been good too. I have no formal review on his part, but look at this shirt he’s wearing with the pizza in the foreground.
That’s good enough, right?
10:00 pm • 26 August 2014 • 17 notes
Scala’s Pizzeria - Brighton Ave. in Long Branch, NJ
I was talking to my co-worker Alissa about great pizzerias in New Jersey and she happened to mention Scala’s from her hometown, Long Branch. I was conveniently going down the shore later in the week, so I decided to make a pit stop on my way to Wildwood. There were a few spots in Long Branch I’ve heard about, so I decided to start out with Scala’s and work my way down.
Seeing as it was a Saturday evening, Long Branch was PACKED. There was a car show going on right down the street, so Scala’s was full of people. Luckily, I got there right before a big rush and ordered a plain slice before they ran out.
While it was great for business that it was so full, it took a toll on the pizza. My slice tasted “quite dwy” (in the Kyle 2 voice) and a little burnt on the bottom. Just look at those bubbles…they’re black. I feel like this also dried out the sauce, as all I could taste was the cheese, which was also obviously dried out. However, I feel like I stopped in at a bad time and didn’t get the best Scala’s can offer. The slice was super thin and super cheap, only $1.87! I’m used to going to Wildwood where all the slices are overpriced, so this was a pleasant surprise. I think I’m going to stop off again next year on my way down the shore to give them a second chance because I really wanted to like it! Plus, they had some tasty looking specialties I would love to sample…..
10:00 pm • 25 August 2014 • 16 notes
All signs point to “No”
7/19/14 Chilhowie Pizza - Chilhowie, VA
For the first 2.5 weeks of July, my roommate Joey and I were at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina for artist workshops in our respective mediums, metalsmithing and photography. We drove down on the 4th of July, so whenever we got off at a rest stop, every independent pizza place was closed for the holiday. We settled for Subway on that ride.
On the way back, determined not to stop for chain food or fast food, we discovered Chilhowie Pizza off of Interstate 81 in Chilhowie, Virginia. It looked super sketch, but we decided to give it a shot. Kind of. We didn’t even get that far.
We couldn’t order by the slice, which wasn’t surprising because this was Virginia. The two waitresses both tried really hard to get us to order pizza, but their southern charm couldn’t convince us because, meanwhile, the guy in the kitchen was standing behind them, the man that makes the pizza, making the slit-your-throat gesture and saying “NO DON’T DO IT.” I repeat, the man who makes the pizza was telling us to steer clear. So we did….and got a really subpar burger and fries, and “baked ziti” (read: pasta with sauce……) and the shittiest garlic knots ever. They did offer the 28-inch “monster” pizza, which I’m guessing no one orders because the pizza is that bad.
Tom seemed a bit ashamed of me for not trying the shitty pizza, but once I mentioned the guy in the kitchen, I think he felt better about the situation.
Maybe next time…..
11:00 pm • 23 August 2014 • 17 notes
Cambridge Pizzeria - Cambridge, MA
My band polaroids played a gig up in Massachusetts a few weeks ago and I figured it was a prime time for me to sample some out-of-state za. More specifically, some out-of-the-pizza-belt za. I was pretty gung-ho to eat some garbage pizza and write a scathing review. Incredibly however, Cambridge Pizzeria held its own in the pizza game.
For those who live outside of the Tri-State, maybe not being able to order single slices comes naturally to you. However, a pizzeria that only offers full pies is a major buzzkill to me. Cambridge Pizzeria is one of those spots. Like, I’m not tryna get a group of 4 together every time I want pizza just so it makes sense to get a full pie. I would practically never eat any pizza then and that would be a serious crime. Luckily, I was with a group of 6, so we went ahead and ordered 2 plain pies. They took a while to come out, but whatever, at least it was fresh.
I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by how decent this pizza was. Nice and cheesy, the sauce wasn’t nasty and overbearing, and the crust had a nice fluffy taste to it. Not bad, Mass, not bad. Also, two pies was a little too much for us, so I ate at least 3, maybe 4 slices. And I didn’t mind. We decided to coat one of the pies with toppings (oregano, roasted red pepper, and garlic) and leave the other dry, and I personally preferred the one with toppings. Though it’s still got nothing on a halfway decent slice from NJ/NY, Cambridge Pizzeria is honestly not a bad place to stop if you can manage a full pie. They do offer personal pies as well, but those never seem to come out quite as good. Also, I don’t think the pies topped $10 each, which ain’t half bad! Hopefully NJ takes a hint and starts slicing their prices…….
11:00 pm • 22 August 2014 • 30 notes
Frank’s Pizza - Warwick, NY
I already reviewed this Frank’s, but I was in the area with Paul and just HAD to take him here. It was possibly even better than my first stop. I grabbed a white in addition to another pepperoni and they were both dynamite. Plus the owner was there and he was the chilllllllest dude, giving us a discount because we were in a band playing a show that nite in town! Respect. If you’re ever in the area, do yourself a favor and stop here for a slice!!
10:00 pm • 21 August 2014 • 55 notes