Wawa - New Road in Parsippany, NJ
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen; Wawa now has pizza. Trust me, I’m as surprised as you are. I stopped in last night having no clue and just saw it on the touch screen and instantly knew I needed to order one. Now, granted, it’s not your traditional thin-crust, but it’s pizza nonetheless! They advertise it as “deep dish foccacia” that’s available in 5 different varieties - cheese, pepperoni (which is what I ordered), buffalo chicken, bacon & jalapeno popper, and veggie. I know what I was thinking when I saw this…I hate personal “pan” pizza and this looks pretty bad even for that. The picture however really does not do it justice because I honestly did enjoy it!
Both Sean “Babe” Farrelly and Brian “Dwayne” Thompson were present, so naturally Sean and I decided to go halfsies on a pizza and a hoagie. I wasn’t prepared to go in alone on a full pizza that I wasn’t expecting to enjoy. When our order number was called, the first thing I noticed was how large this pizza was. The picture honestly doesn’t do it justice as it was significantly larger (and fluffier) than your typical Pizza Hut personal pizza. It also matched many characteristics of what I generally hate about those types of pizza (cheese that looked like it would slide off on top of weird looking sauce and super fluffy, doughy bread that will taste weird), but somehow Wawa did it right. The sauce was actually good with a nice sweet aftertaste and the bread had a nice, fluffy crunch to it. They skimped a little on the pepperoni and put it underneath the (provolone) cheese which was definitely weird and made me feel like I was just eating a cheese pizza. We also put oregano and grated parmesan on top, which I guess must have added something, because this pie really had a nice flavor to it. Definitely worth checking out if you’re a Wawa fiend like us. Sean said it was “fun” and when I asked if he would have it again, he said “if I was trying to have some fun.” I definitely concur! You have to commit though, as it is $6. Also, I would recommend it as an item to get with a group, because you might get sick of it if you’re downing the whole thing on your own. Our recommendation? Make a trip out of it!
10:00 pm • 29 September 2014 • 17 notes
KRUSTco (round 2) - Long Branch, NJ
I went back down to Long Branch with the boys and naturally took them to Krust Co. since I loved it so much! We got a plain pie and some margherita slices and Luke even got a vegan pie! It was a hit with everyone, so it is a must if you are passing through! My favorite is still the plain, but the margherita was also great and Luke was a big fan of the vegan pie too! Read the full review!
10:00 pm • 25 September 2014 • 43 notes
A homemade cold cheese made by the dude, Sean Farrelly! I need one…….
10:00 pm • 24 September 2014 • 31 notes
Gencarelli’s Pizza & Restaurant - Hook Mountain Road in Pine Brook, NJ
After a sweet summer off, I’m back at the substitute teacher grind. I started a few weeks ago, and after my first day back I figured it was high time to scope out some new za spots in the area. I’ve searched in Montville to little avail, so I decided to see what was located a town over in Pine Brook. Gencarelli’s is right off of Route 46 and I realized when I got there that I’ve seen it a bunch of times before. However, it’s dangerously close to Wawa for me to ever have given it a second thought - until today!
I honestly wasn’t expecting much from the mediocre rating I saw for Gencarelli’s on Google, so I was pretty surprised when I walked in the door. There were a ton of specialties slices out and they all looked awesome! The counter girl was a rookie and didn’t know what half of the slices were, but I settled on what I think was a plain slice topped with tomato, basil, and ricotta and a white slice with honey mustard and chicken on top. Some nice alterations to some classics that looked great, so I couldn’t wait to taste them!
I feel bad for doubting Gencarelli’s, because both of these slices impressed. The tomato & basil was delicious with the perfect amount of tomato and ricotta on top. If the plain underneath was any indication, they also have an awesome plain slice. I often worry the tomato will be too heavy or the ricotta too overpowering, but neither was the case. And good crust too! Tasted great to the last bite and definitely recommended!
I was a little worried going into the second slice because the first was pretty filling, but wow this slice was great so I was able to get through it without hurting myself too much. While I do love honey mustard, I usually don’t like it as a pizza topping because there is always too much and it drowns out all the other stuff going on that I want to be tasting. Well, Gencarelli’s finally broke the trend by having a perfect ratio of extremely tasty honey mustard. In addition, the chicken was fresh and delicious. None of that shredded processed shit. Honestly, this was a diamond in the rough spot I was not expecting to like as much as I did. If you’re in the area and for some reason don’t want Wawa, check out Gencarelli’s! I can tell you I plan to go back in the near future because I really want to see what else they have to offer! $6.60 for the two slices I got which is a little pricey but manageable. I don’t want to just throw 6/6’s out left and right, but honestly this place deserves it for mixing it up and making it taste great!
10:00 pm • 23 September 2014 • 32 notes
Bravo Pizza - E 14th Street in New York City
So I know I got pizza on my way to go see Modern Life is War, but I don’t think there’s a problem with me getting more on way back, right?? It took like 15 blocks to find a pizzeria (WTF right?), so when we finally came across Bravo, we decided to stop in, even though it looked questionable from outside. They had a pretty good looking selection though, and were open late (midnight), so we said why not?
Vinnie and I had picked up some company on our way back to Penn in the form of Mike Q. and Andrew Burke and so they of course were 100% down to join us for some slices. I wasn’t too hungry from all the food I’d been eating, so I only grabbed one white slice. Mike got a white along with a pepperoni and Burke got a buffalo chicken and a sicilian. Vinnie didn’t stop being vegan yet, so he sat and moped. Also they have beer, so party on!
The general consensus about Bravo is that it was very inconsistent. I personally LOVED my white slice as it had a perfect balance between ricotta and mozzarella along with some nice seasoning and crisp, crunchy crust. Absolutely delicious and totally worth the $3.50 it cost! None of the other slices faired nearly as well though. The buffalo slice had tomato sauce on it (which we all know is whack) and was way too crisp. There was a good amount of bleu cheese and the chicken weren’t bad, but it wasn’t enough to make it worth recommending. The tomato sauce on the pepperoni slice was wet (weird, right?), but the cheese and pepperoni were good. And the sicilian was disgusting. Burke took maybe 2 bites, let me take a bite, and then got rid of it. I don’t blame him either, because it was not good. And I’m not just saying that because I hate sicilian! Hey, at least the Dr. Pepper was good!
So yeah, Bravo’s is a gamble, but if you luck out with the right slice it’s actually pretty good. That’s kind of a lot to gamble though when it’s $3.50 a specialty slice though. There are plenty of other pizzerias around Manhattan too, so I would say keep looking if you have the time. As a last resort though you could definitely pick worse!
10:00 pm • 21 September 2014 • 25 notes
Two Boots Pizza Restaurant - W 11th Street in New York City
The day after I went to Artichoke’s in NYC, I happened to be going back to see Modern Life is War at the Bowery Ballroom with Calzone Vinnie from Long Island. Just like Artichoke’s, I’ve known about Two Boots for a long time, but never ended up going there. Once again, we walked right by one of their eight locations in the city and decided to stop in.
First off, I gotta say, I was really impressed by Two Boots’ options. Practically every slice had some kind of crazy, unique topping that I hadn’t heard of before. There are too many to list, but they conveniently have a list on their website if you’re curious. Being such a huge Seinfeld fan, I went for the Newman. While Vinnie may also be a big Seinfeld fan, he is vegan so his options were severely limited in comparison to 2, so he got a V for Vegan slice.
The Newman was a white slice topped with sopressata and sweet Italian sausage, two toppings I don’t think I’ve ever had on a slice of pizza. It’s kind of hard to explain what it tasted like, but it was really good. The meat had that great flavor that cured meat has and it made every bite burst with flavor. The sopressata is what really made it for me personally as it just had an incredible taste to it that really stuck out in a great way. Consistency-wise, I would compare this slice to putting scrambled/fried eggs on a pizza. This might sound really weird and unappetizing, but it was really cool and kept the slice interesting. I did not get sick of it at all. The crust was also excellent. It was crisp and firm but also very soft and was covered in bread crumbs. Overall a top notch slice of pizza.
The V for Vegan on the other hand featured daiya cheese, artichokes, shitakes, red onions, and both basil and red pepper pesto on top. While vegan pizza isn’t really my thing, I could tell it was a great choice for someone who is into it. I asked Vinnie for some feedback on his slice but he’s a dope and all he could give me was that it was “solid”. I tried a bite myself and feel like it would be great for sure, but it wasn’t really my style. Definitely recommended for all our vegan and vegetarian pizza fanatics out there though!
I was really impressed by Two Boots. The pizza was excellent and they had an outstanding, unique variety. Definitely a little pricey at $4 a slice, but I am still looking forward to my next trip there. I noticed online that they have other locations around the country including Jersey City, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Nashville, Bridgeport, and the Hudson Valley. If anyone has been to any of these please comment and share your thoughts on if their pizza matches up! Highly recommended, definitely the best Manhattan pizzeria I have experience so far. Plus they are open ‘til at least midnight every day of the week so how can you go wrong?
11:00 pm • 20 September 2014 • 20 notes
Some pies I had at work the other day. Pepperoni, BBQ Fried Chicken, BBQ Grilled Chicken and Tomato, and Plain. Not bad, but I’m sure the pix speak for themselves…..
10:00 pm • 18 September 2014 • 64 notes
Mr. Bruno’s Pizza and Beyond - Bloomfield Ave. in Verona, NJ
I went back to Mr. Bruno’s in Verona to sample some more slices (and Clementina San Pelligrino), but was very underwhelmed by my second stop. I chose a BBQ sicilian slice, which just didn’t work as a sicilian. The doughiness and the overpowering BBQ sauce just didn’t mix well. The buffalo chicken was a let down too, with too much hot sauce and bleu cheese and kinda weak chicken. A real bummer. It just doesn’t match up to the Lyndhurst one and is starting to make me rethink my previous score of 6/6! Stay tuned for my third trip to justify….
10:00 pm • 17 September 2014 • 22 notes
Bunny’s Sports Bar - South Orange, NJ
Mike Q. sent me this picture of a pie he got at Bunny’s recently. I’ve never been myself, but it looks good so I may have to make a stop sooner rather than later! Anyone in??
10:00 pm • 16 September 2014 • 44 notes