For decades, Barcelona’s has been a staple in the once heavily Italian-American neighborhood of Harrison Avenue in Garfield/Lodi. My grandparents used to go on dates to this rustic restaurant (which also boasts a bar). But not much has changed from those days at Barcelona’s, including the menus. With such a plethora of pizza parlors in the area, the pies at Barcelona’s are often overlooked. It’s such a shame because a plain pie is only roughly $7. You can’t find that price anywhere in New Jersey for a pizza pie unless you go to a shitty chain franchise. And on top of that, the pizza is amazing.
I stopped in a few days ago on my way to the Barclays Center to see Youth Lagoon and The National. I was with two friends, both on vacation from art school in Savannah, Georgia. One of them, from Chicago originally, had never had real good Jersey pizza. We ordered a half plain/half vegetable pie (which came with peppers, onions and broccoli). It was amazing. As you all know I’m a fan of thin crust slices. Well Barcelona perfects their crust with a family recipe dating back to the 1920’s. It seemed almost brick-oven in it’s taste and texture. The cheese was also delicious, not too greasy. The sauce was a tad lacking in taste. I found myself adding a lot of red crushed pepper to make up for it. But this was only a minor complaint as the pie overall was stellar. The toppings went great together, especially the broccoli. I definitely recommend this spot to anyone who happens to be in Bergen County