Author Topic: Trenton NJ area Tomato Pies - Delorenzo's (Rt#33) Vs Wildflowers (Pennington)  (Read 14024 times)

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Offline JConk007

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I am just curious would Pizza Town on rt 46 in Garfield ? NJ qualify as "Tomatoe Pie" This place is a favorite of mine serving only Pizza and Fried Calzones, and Zepolis to die for. Just east of Lodi Pizza preety good also but completly different style> I am also on a quest for the best slice in the Bergen County area since I have started with my brick oven. I do 3 -4 stops a week and what a dissappointment many are :'( I will continue to try an post as I continue to grow my knowledge, taste buds, and stomach !
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Alfred's in in Backwood NJ.  Maybe 45 minutes (?) from Trenton.  Was a bit of a pain to find but worth it.  9 S Blackhorse Pike.  Like I said not sure if it is a true NJ Tomatoe Pie or not but to me at least it was similar albeit much better than Delorenzo's.

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I guess it is all a matter of taste, personal preference, and memories.

Someone mentioned trying the Hudson St joint because they did not like Robbinsville. When Robbinsville opened, the lead pie maker from Hudson St left to make pies at the Robbinsville location. He is the one who opened the new location. So, actually, the Hudson St pies may be off a bit. I went there not long ago and there was something that was a tad off, but I cannot remember what it was.

As for the irregular slice shaped slices, that is one of the attributes that gives it character. Some like more edge crust, some like little end crust with a longer center piece, etc...
« Last Edit: November 13, 2008, 12:42:43 PM by JoeyBagadonuts »

Offline Anthony

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Yes it is true Delorenzo's has changed, it's not the same as it use to be.  I even called the owner Gary and told him, the pie is like card board, hard and paper thin. There is no cheese on it, all sauce and the tomatoes are bitter.  They use to be sweet like sugar, I know they have changed the whole pie although Gary say's no....
It's a real shame how this use to be the best tomato pie in the whole state.  I tired the new place in Robbinsville several times and the old place on Hudson Street, they are the same.  It seems that nothing stays the same do to cost and cut backs and this is pretty much what has happened although they will never say that.  Also they are very exspensive...... Gary say's "Our ingredients are the same", not true at all......  I grew up on pizza, it's all I eat, love it, can't get enough of it.... My family is related to Mack's Pizza so I know good pie when I taste it. 
I love Wildflowers pizza, much better than Delorenzo's and I think that Jo Jo's Tavern has great pie also.
Great taste, excellent cheese and sauce, great crust, cooked just right, can't say enough about it....
Two great places to have pizza, try them...

Offline othafa9

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Just finished my 2 week vacation back East, and though I meant to make it out to more pizzerias, I managed only Delorenzzo's on Hamilton (which I just now realize may not be the same pizza as the one on Hudson) and Pizzeria Stella in Philly.  I know many here are going to find this heretic, but I found the crust at Delorenzo's to be among the worst pizza crusts I've come across....anywhere!  It was an absolute rock.  The tomato sauce was very good, but not good enough to offset the bad crust.  On the other hand, I had some very good pizzas at "Stella"  I was skeptical of the place based on its lackluster reviews on yelp.  I know they basically stole pizzas off other famous places menu's but  I thought it was a solid place!

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I know many here are going to find this heretic, but I found the crust at Delorenzo's to be among the worst pizza crusts I've come across....anywhere!  It was an absolute rock.  The tomato sauce was very good, but not good enough to offset the bad crust. 

I happen to agree with you. My experience was with the tomato pie at Delorenzo's on Rt#33. I had to throw out the crust because it was so hard and tasteless. I'm not sure if it would be the same if I had eaten the pie within a few minutes of baking it. I took mine as take out and it takes me about 15 minutes to get home.
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Ok, so I grew up in Trenton, NJ, I'm 33 years old, and I moved to FL six years ago. It just went to Delorenzo's on Hamilton Ave. after not visiting for about 7 years. This used to be my favorite pie in the area, hands down. I would rant and rave about it to everyone that came to visit that wasn't familiar with Trenton/Pizza/etc. After reading all of these posts, I can say this... The pie is not the same as it used to be. The tomatoes are different, the crust tasted "cardboardy", and the overall flavor just didn't compare to what I remembered. I waiting a LONG LONG LONG time to go back, and waited almost an hour and a half to get a seat. All I can say is that I was VERY disappointed.

To make a long story short, I went to Wildflowers in Pennington after my Dad recommended it and said the pie is now "better" than Delorenzo's. All I can say is "Wow". IMO, it was MUCH better overall. The crust wasn't thick at all, it had a great crunch to it, and the cheese and tomato's were delicious. I know it's very hard for people that have eaten at Delorenzo's for 30 years to give something else a try, but I definitely recommend Wildflowers in Pennington. No, it's not exactly the same type of pie, I agree, but I think it tastes much much better and it was certainly a thin crust pie when I went.

Two other places that I recommend:

IVY Taven on Whitehorse Circle. I lived across the street for 6 years... Damn good bar pie.
Also, Jo Jo's Tavern at 5 points.... Excellent bar pie most of the time.. Just ask for it "Well Done".

All I make personally are thin crust NY street style pies.
I used to make the Neopolitan 2-3 minute pies when I had my 1100 degree oven -- Now I bake at 550
I only use Grande Cheese, Stanislaus 7/11 ground tomatoes, and all Trumps flour.
I really think the ingredients have a LOT to do with the quality, bake, and taste of the pie.

Next time I go back to NJ to visit family, I will stop at Delorenzo's on Hamilton Ave. again. But.... if it disappoints, you know where I'm headed :)

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With the passage of time and change in family members...(Chic recently passed away)...the two parlors are now run by the next generation.. Perhaps this is why its no longer like the pies of yester-years... My wife and I went to the new place in Robbinsville only to be disappointed as well... pies are churned out mass production due to the large place they have... its just not the same flavor pie they used to make. I do know originally they had a coal oven baking the pies back in the 50's-60's but they are now replaced by electric versions, they have changed the ingrediants as well probably due to keeping costs down. If you take a look on the wall and see the picture of Chic and Sophie standing behind a picture of one of the ole' orginal tomato pies...you can taste it with your eyes...alas..no more though. Be careful when visiting the Hamilton St. parlor - the neighborhood isn't what it used to be.. we were escorted outside by a hired security officer and made sure we got to our car safely - the neighborhood has gone downhill as well....its really sad

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Two other places that I recommend:

IVY Taven on Whitehorse Circle. I lived across the street for 6 years... Damn good bar pie.
Also, Jo Jo's Tavern at 5 points.... Excellent bar pie most of the time.. Just ask for it "Well Done".


There's a new pizza place in the area named... Corleone's
and you have to try them for their Tomato Pies. It's right up
there with the best tomato pies ever. It's a very small place
with just a few small tables. It's more for local delivery and
take out.  Check them out!  ---pete---


Corleone's
1270 So Olden Ave.
Hamilton,NJ 08610
609-689-1270
« Last Edit: January 12, 2010, 11:53:33 PM by petef »


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If you go down Hamilton Ave to Massimo's you can get a really great wood fired oven baked pizza.  When I was working at TCHS a while back that is where I would go.  http://www.massimos-cafe.com/menu_HR.pdf     Massimo's has a few other sites in NJ, P-ton and Robbinsville as far as i know.  I haven't tried much of the other stuff on the menu but the salads and pizza are worth the trip.  Since it is a little way out of down town Trenton you don't need an armed security guard to walk you to your car yet.


 

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