If I were going to make a boardwalk pizza, I would probably go down the Mac's road just to make something different, and because a lot of people associate that taste with Boardwalk pizza. However, if I get back to OC or Wildwood at some point, I'll be going elsewhere. Maybe my tastes have changed, or maybe it's because I grew up at the shore with so many good Italian pizza shops around, and, going to the boardwalk and eating a lot of non Mack's Pizza. For me, a good NY Style slice and a boardwalk slice are the same. I see no difference between Joe's on Carmine Street, and some of the best pizza on Boardwalk.
I do recall liking Maruca's way back when, but the Sawmill was definitely better. I used to drive an ice cream truck, and I stopped at Maruca's off boardwalk location a lot. I thought it was good, and I was fascinated by the process. I think at some point they tried to make themselves into a chain, and they opened more locations. I tried a slice a few years ago and it was awful.
I remember trying Mac and Manco's many years ago and liking it. I tried it a few years ago, and it was just alright. It wasn't as crispy as I remembered it, and the cheese blend didn't do anything for me. I went a couple doors down to Three Brothers from Italy and got one of their monster slices. That was spot on for me. Really one of the best slices I've had.
There's a place here in Harrisburg that does a NY style, and think the brothers that own it are from NYC. They do other stuff also, like Pan, Grandma, Pittsburgh, White Holiday, German, BBQ, steak, etc. But, on their plain pie, they use a cheese blend that I would say is similar to Mac's. They've changed suppliers, so the cheese isn't quite as good as what they used to use, but it's still good. I said I didn't care for the cheese blend, but their NY style crust is so good, that it's really a quite tasty product.
I haven't been there in awhile though. I like Galbani cheese from the grocery store, but, like I said, whatever they are using, it's not as good as their previous cheese. They also added some new staff that I assume to be relatives. Since they came on board, there's been a noticeable downgrade in quality, and the prices went up.