I got to visit Star Tavern Pizzeria in Orange, NJ today and their pizzas have been added to the list of the best pizzas I have ever tried. I would say this was one of the tastiest pizzas I have ever eaten. There is wonder why Eater National Pizza rated Star Tavern Pizzeria in the top 38 pizzerias in America in March. http://eater.com/archives/2014/03/17/the-38-essential-pizzerias-across-america-march-2014.php
I had been talking to Walter about Star's pizzas and he gave me Gary's phone number to call in case I ever got to visit Star. My daughter had said she would take me to Star a little while ago, but then it snowed and other things go in the way so this week my daughter said she would take me to the Star Tavern Pizzeria on Saturday. I got up the nerve to call Gary, but was kind of hesitating because most owners of pizzerias are not too welcoming to people that want to talk about their pizzas. I told Gary I was a home pizza maker and also I also have the small market stand at Root's Market where I sell pizzas. I told Gary I liked to taste different pizzas and also try to make them at home and in my market oven just for the fun of doing that. Gary said he would gladly to talk with me and asked me when we planned on coming to Star Tavern Pizzeria. I told Gary on Saturday. Gary said he would be away on Saturday but would be willing to show me around Star and talk to me today, tomorrow, Tuesday or Wednesday. I could not have asked for more of a polite man to bull%$# about pizza with. Gary gave me the full tour of Star Tavern Pizzeria and we talked about pizza for about an hour, or maybe longer. I can't say enough kind words about Gary. Gary told me the history of Star Tavern Pizzeria.
To get to down to talking about Star Tavern's pizza. My daughter and I ordered the pepperoni pizza and I ordered a Moon draft and my daughter ordered water. The waitress we had at Star was very nice. I watched while our pizza and other customers pizzas were being made from the booth we sat in. The employees at Star are very efficient and hard workers. Gary later told me that many of his employes have been working at Star for many years.
The finished pepperoni pizza was very delicious from beginning to end. The slightly charred spots tasted like heaven and the cheese and sauce combination made a great tasting pizza. The non charred place on the bottom crust and rim edge crust were delicious too. The pepperoni was perfectly cupped and added a delicious taste to the pizza. The thin bar style pizza of Star is something I never really experienced before in a pizzeria.
Gary told me a funny story about the draft beer and the bartender also told me about the same story. In the one photo it can be seen how the draft beer comes down from heaven now. It used to come from exactly the opposite place before. Gary told me different interesting stories about Star Tavern Pizzeria which I enjoyed very much.
When we left Star we stopped at Shop Rite to get some tomatoes, sauce and also some mozzarella for me to try on other pizzas. I wish we would have more time to spend around Orange, NJ, but we had to get home to let our older dogs out. Walter gave me loads of links of other places to eat at and told me of a lot of places in that area we could have visited. Maybe someday I will get back to Star Tavern Pizzeria to be able to enjoy their pizzas again and also visit other places in the area. It took us about 2 ½ hrs. to get to Star Tavern Pizzeria and about the same amount of time to get back by car.
I would highly recommend Star Tavern pizzas to anyone!